Your Brain is a Time Machine
Time is perhaps the most mysterious and stubbornly intractable problem of modern physics and neuroscience. This fact is all the more amazing when you consider that everybody feels that they intuitively understand time. We directly experience time's passage, instinctually grasp the potential of the future, and immerse ourselves in memories of the past. But, according to modern physics, none of these experiences are necessarily "real." That is to say, nothing in our understanding of the universe suggests that now is special. Contemporary physics points to the possibility of a permanent "now" that contains everything we have and will experience.
In his new book, Your Brain is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time, neuroscientist and UCLA professor Dean Buonomano explores one of the strangest puzzles in modern science: how is it that our experience of time, a fundamental component of our perception of the world around us, appears to have no basis in our increasingly complex and nuanced understanding of the physical universe? The result is a surprising, mind-warping journey into how our brain generates our sense of time and what, ifany, connection that sense has to the fundamental structure of reality.
This lecture will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. at:
Norman P. Murray Community Center, Jacaranda Room A
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County.
General Admission: $8
CFI Planet Level Members & higher: FREE