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New Meetup: Socrates Cafe Newtown: The Mysteries of Time

From: Tim
Sent on: Friday, January 29, 2010 1:09 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Sydney Socrates Cafe!

What: Socrates Cafe Newtown: The Mysteries of Time

When: Wednesday, February 10,[masked]:00 PM

Berkelouw Books Newtown
6-8 O?Connell Street Newtown Upstairs

Saint Augustine said: "What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know."

In this session of Socrates Cafe, Dr Kristie Miller, from the Centre of Time at Sydney University, will attempt to explain what time is, at least according to the latest research in philosophy.

Does time have a beginning and an end? If so, how can we imagine what occurred before time? Or does it go on forever? So any point in time we can imagine, there's another one following it. Is time travel possible? If so, could you go back and kill your grandparents without affecting you?

These are just some of the issues that Kristie will address in her talk. Then it's up to us to bounce around our own perspectives in the following discussion!

This will be the topic at the next Socrates Caf? Newtown, held on February 10 at Berkelouw Books at 6-8 O?Connell Street Newtown, Sydney.

The meeting will start at 6:30 pm, and will kick off with a brief talk by Kristie. Following a few minutes for questions, we'll kick into the open discussion. At this point, we'll break off into groups, and discuss the topic at our leisure.

During this time, the speaker will join each discussion group for a brief period, giving everyone a chance to bounce ideas around with them. After about 45 minutes, we'll reconvene and share the issues discussed in each group.

Admission is entirely free (although donations welcome), and there?s a load of fantastic coffee and food (even dinner!) available at the Berkelouw Caf?. Plus, it's BYO, so bring along a bottle of wine if you feel like a tipple.

Given recent record attendance numbers and finite space, for the first time I'm putting an RSVP limit on the event of 50 people. So get in fast if you want to join in!

Hope to see you there!

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