Understanding the issue of time and what it means for us as humans will underpin Dr Kerry Sanders' talk at the Port Macquarie Philosophy forum in January.
Dr Kerry Sanders gained her PhD in philosophy at The University of Sydney.
She lectured at Sydney College of the Arts University of Sydney for 10 years, giving Honours and Masters Courses in the philosophy of aesthetics.
Kerry has taught in the areas of Philosophy of Mind; Ethics; Critical Thinking; Political Philosophy; Contemporary Philosophy of Technology; Phenomenology; and the Philosophy of Music.
She also participates in the Gifted Students Program, giving philosophy sessions to high school students who show an interest in a broad scope of ideas and wish to develop their thinking abilities through the challenge which philosophy gives.
Kerry has also published a book of poetry.
"Reality as humans know it, from the cosmic order to our subjective human experience, has a temporal dimension," she said.
"In this talk we will consider many approaches to understanding the issue of time, and what it means for us.
"We will use philosophy, psychology, and neurobiology. Here are some of the questions we will consider: What is time; Is time objective or subjective; Does time have a direction and could that be reversed, this entails the question of time travel; What role does time play in human reasoning; Which features of our ordinary sense of the word "time" can be captured by the concept of time in physics; What neural mechanisms account for our experience of time.
"In contemporary physics the direction of time may be reversible, but this is paradoxical to our ordinary experience of time: a broken glass cannot reassemble and fly back onto the table; we have memories of the past, and none of the future; we feel we can't change the past but can influence the future, we will discuss these issues.
"Phenomenological Perspective - 'A full and interesting content can put wings to the hour and the day': This quote from Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain expresses nicely the internal aspects of time perception.
"Philosophers such as Bergson and phenomenologists such as Husserl thought deeply about subjective time.
"Time and the Brain - Neuroscientists have come to agree that the brain takes an active role in building a mental temporal picture of reality.
"What are the neural mechanisms that account for our experience of time; Our awareness of change; Our ability to anticipate the future; Our sense of time's flow; And our ability to place events into the correct order of temporal succession."
Kerry says philosophy is a living practice which calls us to critique our own presuppositions, and asks us to assess ideas in relation to our own lives and society.
In engaging with the ideas of philosophy we both study philosophy but also do it, she said.
Philosophy can be thought of as engaging in an 'adventure sport for the mind', in which we can develop critical thinking techniques and learn to use the mind in new and exciting ways.
"The skills which are developed in the practice of philosophy are also relevant to many other areas of academic study, as well as in the complex living of our ordinary lives," she said.
"Much of Western philosophy is based on the priority of reason and logic in human thought, however to fully understand the human condition we must also consider the role of experience, emotions and the body."
Kerry's other academic functions include, supervision of Postgraduate Seminar Groups; University Preparation Course 2000- 2015: Full Year Course; Sydney College of the Arts University of Sydney; Four years of Australian Postgraduate Research Award, and Vera Edith Thorpe Scholarship.
Dr Kerry Sanders is guest speaker at the Port Macquarie Philosophy Forum on Sunday, January 19, from 6pm until 7.30pm at the Glasshouse.
Cost is $10 general entry including seniors; $5 pensioners and students.
For information please see the forum's website. http://www.portmacquariephilosophyforum.com/
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