November 1, 2019 at 10:15 pm

History and Philosophy of Science Lecture | Why Does Time Seem to Flow if It Doesn’t? Nov. 8

Craig Callender, portrait

Dr. Craig Callender

The Ohio University Lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science present Dr. Craig Callender on “Why Does Time Seem to Flow if It Doesn’t?” on Friday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in Scripps 111.

Callender is Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics, at UC San Diego.  He is a philosopher of science specializing in the foundations of physics and with interests in environmental ethics.

Abstract: As we navigate through life, we employ a model of time as flowing. Despite its importance to us, physics suggests that this conception of time is fundamentally flawed, dismissing it as an illusion. Before we can dismiss the flow, however, we need to explain the “self-consistent set of rules that would give a beast this kind of phony picture of time” (Gold). Here I take up this interdisciplinary project, drawing on psychology, biology and physics to develop a theory of why “beasts” like us feel that time flows.

This lecture is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Philosophy Department and the Spetnagel Development Fund.

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