A metaphor. Think of a boiled egg. To get it soft-boiled, one needs a clock. But if the egg comes out hard-boiled, then the clock must have been too slow. So, the state of the egg (just like the state of a neural network) could be used as a measure of the clock. Which measure is more reliable is an empirical issue. One possibility is that we alternate between the two. Another is that we take some weighted mean, ut other possibilities exist. Projected research will assess the existence of such multiple time readouts and will explore their putative interactions using a combination of psychophysical, neuroimaging and modeling techniques.