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Lecture: What Is Time For Us? 28 Sep 02010

This looks good. Thanks to Steve for suggesting it.

"Archaeologist Andrew Gardner asks how we engage with time, both at an ordinary level and when dealing with the long periods on historic, prehistoric, geological and cosmological scales."


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  • Steve J.

    I think I'll review the format and general impressions of the evening as opposed to the subject matter in detail. The latter, was fascinating, philosophical and entertaining.

    The format of the evening took the form of a short presentation by the speaker (15 minutes), introducing the subject and describing the various aspects of the topic that could be discussed. In this sense, the talk acted as a starting point for the debate rather than a lecture. The floor was then opened to a Q&A type session, with anyone in the audience free to contribute to the answers to those questions and make additional points. The whole thing was loosely directed by the organisers.

    I think the format is very conducive to getting everyone involved in conversation, provided that the leader makes some attempt to prevent the more forthcoming individuals from taking over. Certainly something to consider over the standard lecture/QA format, and means that the initial speaker's task is not onerous.

    September 30, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent, if somewhat random and weaving, conversation. It was way too crowded though - I hadn't realised it was a joint meetup.

    September 29, 2010

  • Terence B.

    While this wasn't strictly an exclusive Long Now event, it was nevertheless a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating experience. Excellent speaker and lively audience participation. I liked the pub-ish informality and generally friendly atmosphere. It would be good to have further Long Now sessions like this. I would definitely support.

    September 29, 2010

  • Jurjen

    I'm afraid I can't make it this time round - hope it's going to be an inspiring evening full of sustainable ideas! Jurjen

    September 21, 2010

  • Steve J.

    I want to come to this (I did suggest it after all!), but I'll be coming down from Norwich, and will need somewhere to stay overnight. Since I'm a poor student, would anyone be willing to donate a little floor space for me after the lecture?


    August 31, 2010

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