There are a wide variety of models of timing, with different clocks and learning mechanisms, that can serve the current project as criteria for success. By understanding how successful the existing timing models have been in accounting for the experimental data, we can understand how the new model compares to them. Places where they succeed and the new model fails can be taken as evidence that those phenomena might require a special-purpose clock.

These existing models also served as sources of inspiration for the new model. The fact that timing can happen in so many ways can be seen as evidence that it is a more general phenomenon than previously thought. If timing can happen in so many ways, it seems likely that most general learning mechanisms can potentially find a way to keep track of intervals.

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