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Block8 : Visionaire Denkers

Talk: What is Time?
Westerkerk, Zaterdag april 7, 2018
15:30-16:30 h
Carlo Rovelli (confirmed) theoretical physicist & author van 7 Korte Beschouwingen over Natuur-Kunde
The Irrestible Influence of First Impressions
Westerkerk, Zaterdag april 7, 2018
16:40-17:30 h
Alexander Todorov (confirmed) neuroscientist and author of 'Face Value'
Q&A with the audience
17:30-17:45 h
Alexander Todorov & Carlo Rovelli
met Munda van Langen

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Carlo Rovelli: The order of time

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world


Alexander Todorov : Facevalue

The scientific story of first impressions—and why the snap character judgments we make from faces are irresistible but usually incorrect
We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second—and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. For example, politicians who simply look more competent are more likely to win elections. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are irresistible; in most situations, we would guess more accurately if we ignored faces. So why do we put so much stock in these widely shared impressions? What is their purpose if they are completely unreliable? In this book, Alexander Todorov, one of the world's leading researchers on the subject, answers these questions as he tells the story of the modern science of first impressions.

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