Physics/Philosophy Talk: Prof. Fay Dowker, Imperial College London  Add To Calendar

  • Date(s): Wednesday, 3/8 11:00 AM to Wednesday, 3/8 12:00 PM
  • Speaker: Prof. Fay Dowker
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  • Campus Address: UH 1430

Title: Being and Becoming in Quantum Gravity (or The Birth of a Baby is not a Baby)

Abstract: I will describe a dynamical model of a discrete cosmology — called Classical Sequential Growth — that has been proposed as a stepping stone along the way to full quantum gravity. I will present Sorkin’s argument that this model is a counterexample to the claim that relativity means that the future must exist. I will point out that the model contains two different types of physical thing. One is the Past, which is subjective. The other is the Birth Process by which the atoms of spacetime come into being. Both are real in the model and, I will argue, both are needed if the model is to coordinate with our experience. The price that must be paid for this advance, however, is that the model does not provide a “God’s eye view’’ of the universe. 
In terms of technical difficulty, this talk rates 4.5/5 4.5

Prof. Nick Huggett, LAS Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy, UIC, and his group will be streaming this talk live in UH 1430. 

Below is the link for streaming it from your computer:

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