Theme. As we navigate through life, we model time as flowing. The present divides the past and future and we attribute very different properties to the two continually updated realms. This model is very important to us, as it is connected to notions of the self, agency and freedom. Despite its importance, this intuitive “flow of time” seems to clash with time as it is modeled in physics. Is the clash genuine? And if so, can the sciences of the mind (cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience) help explain why creatures like us would model time as we do? How much of the flow of time lies in the external world and how much is a contribution by the observer? By bringing together physicists, philosophers and psychologists, this workshop hopes to make progress on these questions.
Organizers. Craig Callender and Ann Thresher, UC San Diego
Sponsor. This workshop is made possible by a generous grant from the Foundations Questions Institute.
Registration. The talks are free and open to the public. However, due to limited seating, you must register with the conference organizers to attend. Please contact Craig Callender (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ann Thresher (email@example.com) to check if there is space.
Participants include: Juliette Benitez (Euclid Lab), Craig Callender (UC San Diego), Ann Thresher (UC San Diego), Eddy Chen (Rutgers), Jim Weatherall (UC Irvine), Mahmoud Jalloh (USC), Bixin Guo (USC), John Dougherty (UC San Diego), Jennifer Carr (UC San Diego), Matthew Piper (UC San Diego), Adrian Bardon (Wake Forest), Graham Peebles (Akita International), Paul Skokowski (Stanford), Uma Karmarkar (UC San Diego), Blythe Greene (UC San Diego), and more.
Date: May 3-4, 2018
Location: Martin Johnson House, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego
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