Time: Arrows, Experience, Emergence

An interdisciplinary conference on time’s arrow, temporal experience, and emergence and complexity

University of Sydney, Australia: 12th-13th June 2015


Woolley Common Room Level 3 , John Woolley Building (A20), Russell Place (parallel to Science Road) The University of Sydney



Friday 12th June

  • 9:45-10:00. Dean Rickles & Kristie Miller “Welcome”
  • 10:00-11:00. Paul Davies (Arizona State University)”Gravitational Entropy: Beyond the Black Hole”
  • 11:00-11:30. Coffee Break
  • 11:30-12:30. Bryan Roberts (LSE) “Measuring the Fundamental Arrows of Time”
  • 12:30-13:30. Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:30. David Albert (Columbia University) TBD
  • 14:30-15:30. Phil Dowe (University of Queensland) “Causal Emergence in Quantum Mechanics”
  • 15:30-16:00. Coffee break
  • 16:00-17:00. Patrick McGivern (University of Wollongong) “Emergence and Reduction in the Limit”
  • 17:00-18:00. Nathan Oaklander (University of Michigan – Flint) “Temporal Phenomena, Ontology and the R-theory”

Saturday 13th June

  • 10:00-11:00. Ulrich Meyer (Colgate University) “Fatalism as a Metaphysical Thesis”
  • 11:00-11:30. Coffee Break
  • 11:30-12:30. Giuliano Torrengo (University of Milan) “Tenseless Sunshine of the Conscious Mind”
  • 12:30-13:30. Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:30. Eric Cavalcanti (University of Sydney) TBD
  • 14:30-15:30. Geoffrey Lee (University of Berkeley) TBD
  • 15:30-16:00. Coffee break
  • 16:00-17:00. Al Wilson (University of Birmingham) “A Simple Solution to the Problem of the Initial State”

The conference is run by the Centre for Time, University of Sydney, the project New Agendas for the Study of Time (funded by the John Templeton Foundation) and the Society for the Philosophy of Time.

For further information, please contact Pierrick Bourrat.

The University of Sydney


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