Have you ever wondered why time sometimes flies and sometimes slows down? What do you know about precognition, anomalous experiences, and temporal illusions? The parallel workshops on April 8th will address these and many other questions. On April 9th the Symposium will close with a conversation about time moderated by Portuguese science journalist Teresa Firmino.
Under the theme “The mystery of time”, the 13th Symposium of the BIAL Foundation gathers some of the most prominent scientists and philosophers to engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue around the many aspects of time.
On the afternoon of April 8th there will be four participatory parallel workshops dedicated to (1) the physics and metaphysics of time, (2) precognition and anomalous experiences, (3) the experience of time in altered states of consciousness, and (4) perception and memory of time.
What is time? What does time mean for us? What do physicists tell us about time? Are they right? These fundamental questions will be addressed during the first workshop dedicated to the physics and metaphysics of time, featuring Orfeu Bertolami, Bernard Carr and Daniel Sheehan.
Have you had seemingly precognitive experiences? Would you like to see if you can develop your skills? In the second workshop dedicated to precognition and anomalous experiences, Julia Mossbridge, retrocausality and precognition researcher, will introduce the audience to exercises based on precognitive remote viewing techniques originally developed by the U.S. military and expanded upon by her.
Have you ever wondered why time sometimes flies and sometimes slows down? Such changes in subjective time experience take place in present experience but also when remembering events. In the third workshop dedicated to the experience of time in altered states of consciousness, the participants can practically explore the effects of mild altered states of consciousness on the experience of time. Etzel Cardeña and Marc Wittmann will take a closer look at meditation and hypnosis experiences and the participants will be able to try to stretch and squeeze their time experience in this session of self-awareness.
Did you know that humans can tell time over a wide range of scales, ranging from a few milliseconds to days and beyond? In the fourth workshop dedicated to perception and memory of time, Dean Buonomano will provide demonstrations of how scientists estimate the precision of the brain's clocks, and examples of temporal illusions.
The BIAL Foundation Symposium will close on April 9th with a conversation about time moderated by Portuguese science journalist Teresa Firmino. Starting 2.30 pm, the conversation will have Jimena Canales, Wolf Singer and Joseph S. Takahashi as participants, and it will be open to the registered participants to assist in-person. Anyone not registered who wishes to participate, can watch online here.
All workshops will be only accessible for participants with in-person registration. Virtual participation does not include access to workshops on April 8th. The conversation about time on April 9th will be free of charges and open to anyone who wishes to participate online.
The Symposium “Behind and Beyond the Brain” will be held from April 6 to 9, 2022, at Casa do Médico, Porto, Portugal. The event will be organised in a hybrid format involving both in-person and virtual participants to be accessible to a wider audience. Registrations are open and available here.