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The Time Symposium 2011

The notion of time is omnipresent yet elusive. What exactly is time? Is time what clocks measure, or is time defined to be what clocks measure? Does time as a physical entity exist at all? Or is it purely a mind-dependent phenomenon? Or perhaps neither, as Kant claimed, but an ideal, a priori notion? What is the topology of time? Is it a continuous straight line? Or could it be circular or helical? What about the arrow of time - why is the past different from the future? If time is illusory, how do we explain entropy and the second law of thermodynamics? But why was the entropy ever low to begin with? How does the universe evolve, and what does this say about time? How do we learn to grasp the concept of time, if time isn't a priori form of sensation? Do native speakers of tenseless languages perceive time differently from others? How exactly do we perceive time, and how can we make sense of a timeless physical world? Relatedly, how do complex patterns emerge in nature and in human societies? What are the implications of advancement in computer science for our understanding of evolution, intelligence, and the reality of time?

Jonathan Heron - The Time 'twixt Six and Now - Shakespeare, Beckett and Theatrical Time

15:49 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Jonathan Heron presents his talk 'The Time 'twixt Six and Now - Shakespeare, Beckett and Theatrical Time' at the Time Symposium 2011.

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Physics, Theater

Prof Robin Ball - A Physicist's View on Time

15:45 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Prof Robin Ball presents his talk 'A Physicist's View on Time' at the Time Symposium 2011.

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Physics

Prof Peter Coveney - The Direction of Time

15:43 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Prof Peter Coveney presents his talk 'The Direction of Time' at the Time Symposium 2011.

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Physics

Prof Julian Barbour - Aspects of Time

15:42 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Prof Julian Barbour presents his talk 'Aspects of Time' at the Time Symposium 2011.

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Physics

Nick Roberts - Beating Time

15:39 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Nick Roberts of the Coull Quartet presents his talk 'Beating Time' at the Time Syposium 2011.

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Physics

Harvey Brown - The Subtleties of Simultaneity: Spreading Time Through Space

15:38 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Harvey Brown presents his talk 'The Subtleties of Simultaneity - Spreading Time Through Space' at the Time Symposium 2011.

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Physics

Christoph Hoerl - Temporal Experience and Temporal Illusions

15:36 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Christoph Hoerl presents his talk, 'Temporal Experience and Temporal Illusions' at the Time Symposium 2011.

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Physics

Teresa McCormack - Time and the Child

15:28 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Teresa McCormack presents her talk 'Time and the Child' at the Time Symposium 2011.

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Physics

Prof Daniel Read - Time Preference

15:27 Tue 13 Dec 2011

Prof Daniel Read delivers his talk 'Time Preference' at the Time Symposium 2011.

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Physics