[SydPhil] Falling through time: Craig Callender

Kristie Miller kristie_miller at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 29 16:57:21 AEST 2013

A CHAST LECTURE, http://sydney.edu.au/chast/
Craig Callender
As we navigate through life, we adopt an implicit model of time that is very important to us.  In this model, the present is special, the past fixed and the future open, and this whole structure "flows" forward.  Call this model Manifest Time.  Physics suggests that Manifest Time is fundamentally wrong about time.  So why do we all naturally adopt this model?  Why do we feel as if we're falling through time if we aren't?  By appealing to work in physics, philosophy and psychology, I'll develop an answer.

Date:  Wednesday 7 August, 2013

Time: 6:00pm

Venue: Eastern Ave Auditorium, University of Sydney http://goo.gl/maps/ZukNu

Open to all. No bookings, free admission. 

Craig Callender is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.  His research is in philosophy of science, foundations of physics, and metaphysics.  He has published many articles in physics, philosophy and law journals, plus written for the popular press in Scientific American, New Scientist and elsewhere.  He is editor of Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale and also the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Time.  Lately he has been working on the nature of the quantum state and on a large book — tentatively entitled What Makes Time Special — that tries to show how our manifest image of time might arise in creatures embedded in a world like ours, drawing from philosophy, physics and cognitive science.
Dr. Kristie Miller
University of Sydney 
Senior Research Fellow
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and
The Centre for Time
The University of Sydney
Sydney Australia
Room 407, A 14

kmiller at usyd.edu.au
kristie_miller at yahoo.com
Ph: +612 9036 9663

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