This is a reminder that this year’s essay prize deadline is October 31st! More information is here: https://beyondspacetime.net/essay-prize-2017-cfp/ – the bottom line is there is a $1000 prize, a talk at one of the centers, and publication in a volume we are editing. Please submit!
We have a number of speakers lined up (with more to come) – the first will be at Geneva next week, and simulcast to UIC .
Wednesday 21 September 2016 at Geneva – Joshua Norton (American University Beirut): Incubating a future metaphysics: quantum gravity
Abstract: In this talk, I will argue that metaphysicians ought to utilize quantum theories of gravity (QG) as incubators for a future metaphysics. In §1, I will argue why this ought to be done. In §2, I will present case studies from the history of science where physical theories have challenged both the dogmatic and speculative metaphysician. In §3, I will present two theories of QG and demonstrate the challenge they pose to certain aspects of our current metaphysics; in particular, how they challenge our understanding of the abstract-concrete distinction. In this section I demonstrate how five different accounts of the distinction each fail to hold under the received interpretations of loop quantum gravity and string theory. The central goal of this talk is to encourage metaphysicians to look to physical theories, especially those involving cosmology such as string theory and loop quantum gravity, when doing metaphysics.
We have put together the program with talks at UIC and Geneva this fall semester. More details, including titles and abstracts for the talks, will follow shortly and will be updated, as always, on the speaker page, where you will also find more information:
Looking forward to seeing many of you there. For those who will have to miss the talks, we will make the videos available as soon as they are ready!
To celebrate the first anniversary of the Space and Time After Quantum Gravity project, we have published our first Beyond Spacetime Popular (BST-POP) videos, designed for a popular scientific and philosophical audience. So far there are interviews with Richard Dawid and Carlo Rovelli, and a discussion by Keizo Matsubara on the value of philosophy in physics (especially quantum gravity). More are on the way!
Coming Soon: short lecture series on the philosophy of quantum spacetime, for philosophers. Watch this spot.
We are really happy to announce that (almost) all the video of lectures from the recent Summer Institute are now available online, click above or go here:
(or to our YouTube site). We have included the schedule, so if you like you can follow the same course of lectures that we did. Or you can choose á la carte.
Lectures from: Wüthrich, Ismael, Rovelli, Belot, Ney, Minic, and Matsubara, and (soon) more. Enjoy, and please tell your friends!
This is a reminder that we have a program that offers small grants (up to $600) for visits of a few days or weeks to either Geneva or UIC, for scholars working in relevant fields. Please come and join in! Details are above, or here.
One of the participants of the summer school, the amazing Kaća Bradonjić, painted wonderful watercolours of the talks and discussions, which you can find here:
Here’s one as a taster – “Space and Time (or not) in Loop Quantum Gravity” (inspired by a talk by Carlo Rovelli).
We just wanted to say thank you to everyone at the summer institute in Williams Bay this past week – it was a great success thanks to the efforts of all concerned. We will post some photos soon!