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This essay explores the trope of reincarnation across the works of British author David Mitchell (b. 1969) as an alternative approach to linear temporality, whose spiralling cyclicality warns of the dangers of seeing past actions as separate from future consequences and whose focus on human interconnection demonstrates the importance of collective, intergenerational action in the face of ecological crises. Drawing on the Buddhist philosophy of samsara, or the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, this paper identifies links between the author’s interest in reincarnation and its secular manifestation in the treatment of time in his fictions. These works draw on reincarnation in their structures and characterization as part of an ethical approach to the Anthropocene, using the temporal model of “reincarnation time” as a narrative strategy to demonstrate that a greater understanding of generational interdependence is urgently needed in order to challenge the linear “end of history” narrative of global capitalism.

In: Time's Urgency
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Computation time is an important performance metric that scientists and software engineers use to determine whether an algorithm is capable of running within a reasonable time frame. We provide an accessible critical review of the factors that influence computation time, highlighting problems in its reporting in current research and the negative practical impact that this has on developers, recommending best practice for its measurement and reporting. Discussing how computers and coders measure time, a discrepancy is exposed between best practice in the primarily theoretical field of computational complexity, and the difficulty for non-specialists in applying such theoretical findings. We therefore recommend establishing a better reporting practice, highlighting future work needed to expose the effects of poor reporting. Freely shareable templates are provided to help developers and researchers report this information more accurately, helping others to build upon their work, and thereby reducing the needless global duplication of computational and human effort.

In: Time in Variance

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Computation time is an important performance metric that scientists and software engineers use to determine whether an algorithm is capable of running within a reasonable time frame. We provide an accessible critical review of the factors that influence computation time, highlighting problems in its reporting in current research and the negative practical impact that this has on developers, recommending best practice for its measurement and reporting. Discussing how computers and coders measure time, a discrepancy is exposed between best practice in the primarily theoretical field of computational complexity, and the difficulty for non-specialists in applying such theoretical findings. We therefore recommend establishing a better reporting practice, highlighting future work needed to expose the effects of poor reporting. Freely shareable templates are provided to help developers and researchers report this information more accurately, helping others to build upon their work, and thereby reducing the needless global duplication of computational and human effort.

In: Time in Variance

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This essay explores the trope of reincarnation across the works of British author David Mitchell (b. 1969) as an alternative approach to linear temporality, whose spiralling cyclicality warns of the dangers of seeing past actions as separate from future consequences, and whose focus on human interconnection demonstrates the importance of collective, intergenerational action in the face of ecological crises. Drawing on the Buddhist philosophy of samsara, or the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, this paper identifies links between the author’s interest in reincarnation and its secular manifestation in the treatment of time in his fictions. These works draw on reincarnation in their structures and characterization as part of an ethical approach to the Anthropocene, using the temporal model of “reincarnation time” as a narrative strategy to demonstrate that a greater understanding of generational interdependence is urgently needed in order to challenge the linear “end of history” narrative of global capitalism.

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