Time and the Observer

May 3, 2018 - May 4, 2018
University of California, San Diego

La Jolla
United States

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  • Foundational Questions Institute


University of California, San Diego

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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.

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