BT links to a fascinating account of a car crash being over before consciousness kicks in.
Obsessive, as ever, I wonder if some disasters happen too 'slowly' for us to be aware of intuitively. The consequences of doubling atmospheric C02, for example, take decades -- or more -- to feed through, and are not easily available to normal ways of thinking. In such a case, remedial action, including political engineering, may be possible.
Can we redefine 'the dimension of the present moment' (to use Holub's phrase)? Small clues from the present as cues for the not yet known, like puddles on the Antarctic ice.