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The Spoon Lecture: Relativity and Anchors in Time

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“Einstein supposedly said: ‘Time only exists to prevent everything from happening at once’. Although physical time proceeds forever forwards, mental time can travel backwards as well, indeed in every direction. Mental time travel allows us to re-visit our memories and imagine future scenarios. We make use of this process to define multiple realities; ones that define our sense of self in space and time. Our cognitive mechanisms for making sense of the world around us are aided and abetted by the patterns and ideas we use in our thinking, the way we choose to see the world around us and, importantly, the objects with which we choose to associate. We explore these ideas in The Spoon Lecture.”

This talk is part of the Stokes Society, Pembroke College series.

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