I don’t really do enough rating on this page, so I thought I’d try a bit.
I’ve been cycling to work now for almost a year now, and I’ve had enough adventures on Aberdeen’s roads to categorise the kinds of adversaries I’ve met. I advise cyclists to look out for these enemies:
The Getaway Driver
Usually found lurking beside shops, parked at the side of the road. About two seconds before passing the Getaway Driver, someone will dash out of some nearby shops and jump into the car (I imagine, slapping the driver on the shoulder and shouting DRIVE!) which then proceeds to pull out in front of you instantly and without indication. Cue hilarious near-death experience. Unfortunately, no amount of lights, high vis clothing or loud sirens will help against the Getaway Driver - he don’t care, he ain’t goin’ back to jail.
Inaugural Northern Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture
'The Matrix As Metaphysics' - Prof David Chalmers
Friday June 15th, 7pm, Belmont Picturehouse Cinema (49 Belmont Street)
About the Talk
The film The Matrix portrays the disquieting possibility that the world we take to be real is in fact a large-scale computer simulation. But could we really be deceived this way, and if we were, would it be a bad thing? Prof Chalmers draws on considerations to do with the computability of physical processes, the nature of the mind and the fundamental nature of reality to argue that the possibility that we are in the Matrix is really not as worrying as it might seem.
About the Speaker
Prof David Chalmers is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness (Australian National University) and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New York University. His books include The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory and Constructing the World. Prof Chalmers has provided important contributions to various fields, including the intersection of philosophy of mind, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and physics, as well as to philosophy of language and metaphysics.
Schedule and tickets
The talk begins at 7pm and will be followed by a question and answer session. After the talk and a short break, the film The Matrix will be screened (8.45pm, attendance optional).
Both talk and screening are FREE, but booking is recommended. Tickets can be secured by visiting the Belmont Picturehouse ticket office (49 Belmont Street) or by calling 0871 902 5721.