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The Nature Of Time

The Nature Of Time

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  • Sat 8 Sep ’18, 9:30am – 5:00pm


Claris Sports Club, Whangaparapara Road, Great Barrier Island


All Ages

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Breakout sessions from 9.30AM. The panel starts at 2.30PM.

The 2018 Awana Rural Women “No Barriers, Small Island, Big Ideas” festival will focus on the crucial, complex and often confounding topic of time. With top speakers from around New Zealand and the world, and moderated by one of the country’s best interviewers (RNZ’s Kim Hill) this year’s No Barriers promises to be another high-quality Great Barrier festival for the brain.

Panellists and topics
The Philosophy Of Time
Craig Callender

Time is both a certainty and a complete mystery. Some say it’s not even real. “It’s a big invisible thing that will kill you,” according to Craig Callender, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California and one of the world’s top philosophers on time.

Get ready for a deep dig into the very nature of time. What is it? Can it go backwards and forwards? Is it different for different people? How did it come to be measured?

Craig assesses the complex topic of time with wit and flair and looks at how it defines our language, thought and behaviour.

He is the author of several books on time, including:
What Makes Time Special, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time, Introducing Time and Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale, and Time, Reality and Experience.

Sleep And The Body Clock
Philippa Gander

Sleep plays a crucial role in our health and wellbeing. So how can we do it better? How can we work with our circadian body clock to avoid those wakeful early hours? And is it really bad to check our smartphones just before bed?

Professor Philippa Gander is a Director of the Sleep/Wake Centre at Massey University and an expert on sleep. She’s studied at Harvard Medical School and was recruited by NASA in 1983 to look at safety and fatigue in astronauts. She’ll discuss time in relation to sleep and answer any questions you have about catching quality zzzzz.

Geological Time
Hamish Campbell

Human life is nothing in geographical time - a mere flash in the pan. So what’s it like dealing with rocks and fossils from millions of years ago, not to mention dinosaur bones?

Te Papa’s geologist in residence, and senior scientist at the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Hamish Campbell, has co-written two definitive books on how Aotearoa was formed. Hamish was also a guest presenter on popular TV1 series Coast New Zealand.

He’ll discuss how geological time explains the physical world around us, and why our land is like it is. Oh, and why the dinosaurs became extinct.

Time In Literature
Bryan Walpert

“What is this thing called time’? Where does it go? What does it do? Most of all, is it alive?” - Nina Simone From Shakespeare to Dylan, John Milton to Pink Floyd, writers have always written about time. Why is it such an inspiration, and what are the greatest stories of all time, about time?

Associate Professor Bryan Walpert, from Massey University’s School of English and Media Studies, is a poet, fiction writer, essayist and literary scholar. He also did a stint as writer in Residency at Sydney University’s Centre for Time. He’ll take a look at time’s crucial place in film and literature.

Moderated by Kim Hill, presenter of RNZ’s Saturday Mornings programme, and 2012 winner of International Radio Personality of the Year.


Breakout 1

9.30 - 10.30am Bryan Walpert (mindfulness and poetry) and Hamish Campbell (Barrier’s geology)
10.30 - 11am morning tea

Breakout 2

11am - 12 noon Philippa Gander discusses sleep and light
12 - 1pm lunch

Breakout 3

1pm - 2pm Craig Callender talks about environmental ethics
2.00 - 2.30pm afternoon tea.
2.30 - 5pm the Panel plus Q&A.

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