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The Department of Philosophy will present the following as part of their colloquium series.
Quantum Mechanics and the ABCs of Time
Speaker: Dr. Kent Peacock
Location: C-640 (University Hall)
Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
McTaggart drew a famous distinction between three concepts of time, which he called the A, B, and C series. His terms have helped to frame modern debates about the nature of time. The A series is the ordering of events with respect to past, present, and future. The B series is the ordering of events with respect to earlier and later. Many modern authors argue that the A series is purely local to the experiencer, or even illusory. I will explain why Bell’s Theorem of quantum mechanics, which has been called “the most profound discovery of science,” may provide a physical basis for the A series. If correct, this points to a surprising and counter-intuitive picture of the nature of time itself.
Everyone is welcome.
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