Nicky Clayton & Clive Wilkins- the evolution of the living time machine

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Annual LERN Medawar Memorial Lecture

When:  Wednesday, 11th of March, at 5:30 pm

Where: Jevons LT, Drayton House, 30 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AX, UCL

This year’s Medawar lecture is coming up! The speakers for this year’s lecture will be Nicola Clayton, Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and Clive Wilkins, Artist in Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge.

It’s going to be a really cool and unusual talk, so don’t miss it!

The lecture will take place on the 11th of March, at 5:30pm, in Jevons LT, Drayton House, at UCL. There will be some refreshments after the talk. The committee is going for dinner at a nearby restaurant, email us know if you want to join.

The Medawar Lecture

The Evolution of the Living Time Machine

Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins

University of Cambridge

Einstein supposedly said: Time only exists to prevent everything from happening at once. Although physical time proceeds forever forwards, mental time can travel backwards as well, indeed in every direction. Mental time travel allows us to re-visit our memories and imagine future scenarios. We make use of this process to define multiple realities; ones that define our sense of self in space and time. There is, however a downside, for the very nature of mental time travel impedes and disorientates memories. But are we unique among the animal kingdom in travelling mentally in time? What does this tell us about the evolution of mental time travel?