THE PRESENT MOMENT:
Led by Dr Sam Baron
and Assoc Prof Alex Holcombe

This talk examines our experience of time - why it sometimes seems to crawl, and at other times fly. Do our brains contain an internal clock whose ticks mark the passing of seconds, minutes, days and years? The schism between time as it is experienced and time as it appears in physics, raises deep questions about ourselves and our place in the universe, about the nature of science and about the nature of time. First examining these issues through the lens of experimental psychology and neuroscience, we then focus on the shortest timescale of moment-by-moment experience. Through taking part in our interactive demonstrations, you may even challenge your intuitive understanding of time and temporality. Join us to explore the nature of time, and what the experience of time can tell us about reality.

Dr Sam Baron is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Western Australia. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney’s Centre for Time, where he focused on issues surrounding the existence of the past. His research focuses on the nature of time in science and metaphysics, and on the nature of mathematics. He has published articles in journals such as Philosophical Studies, The Journal of Philosophy and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. He will neither confirm nor deny that he is a time traveller.

Associate Professor Alex Holcombe completed a PhD in psychology at Harvard University and teaches perception and neuroscience at the University of Sydney. He co-directs the University’s Centre for Time, where he and his students investigate the temporal limits on perceptual processing.