Craig Callender: A Graphic History of Time


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Craig Callendar is a Professor of Philosophy, and Founding Faculty of, and Co-Director of, the Institute for Practical Ethics at UC San Diego in the Department of Philosophy. He is also on the Freedom and Responsibility in Science Committee of the International Science Council, Paris; and Founding Faculty at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego; Faculty, The John Bell Institute, Hvar, Croatia.

From 1996-2000 I worked in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. I obtained my Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1997.

His main area of research and teaching is the philosophy of science, with special emphasis on physics, time, and the environment. His book What Makes Time Special? (Oxford University Press, 2017) won the 2018 Lakatos Award. Here are some book reviews: Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Review, Metascience, BJPS, NDPR. He's also won two Chancellor's Associates Excellence Awards, the 2018-19 Award in Research and the 2007-8 Award in Graduate Teaching.

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  • 00:00:00 Intro
  • 00:01:32 What made you write a graphic novel?
  • 00:03:15 How do you explain the relative psychological flow of time?
  • 00:06:35 What is your "world-line"? Your background?
  • 00:13:06 How did Carl Popper and his demarcation / falsifiability criteria become so accepted?
  • 00:18:50 How can we make philosophy more important to science?
  • 00:23:55 What is the role of ethics in science? Why do you teach ethics at a "STEM" school? The genesis of the Center of Practical Ethics at UC San Diego.
  • 00:27:00 What is the practical side of scientific ethics?
  • 00:30:10 Kurt Gödel's universe and space-time solutions
  • 00:42:50 Why are we so concerned with theories of everything and cosmogenesis?
  • 00:47:15 Why are singularities so important?
  • 00:52:40 Is there a unifying theory of time?
  • 01:02:50 What is a "block" universe?

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