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The Physics of Free Will - A Lecture on Modern Cosmology

  • Garren Auditorium, Biomedical Building, UCSD 9500 Gilman Drive San Diego, CA, 92161 United States (map)

Cosmological observations have revealed a most mysterious universe.  Modern cosmology seems to point to the startling possibility that our universe might be just the very most insignificant speck of what is now called "the multiverse". New telescopes, albeit with ancestry dating back to Galileo, have revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos once again. But whereas Galileo's refractor pricked our "cosmic ego", now our telescopes seem to hint at an infinite universe with the possibility of unimaginable fecundity, yet devoid of life other than that our own tiny world.  What does this imply about the seemingly perfectly fine-tuned universe in which we find ourselves?  What does free will mean in an infinite universe, one with infinite degrees of freedom, infinite choices?

Astrophysicist Brian Keating will present his lecture entitled "The Physics of Free Will" covering the above questions and much more. Light refreshments will be served.        
$5 to Harvard Club of San Diego/Brown University Club of San Diego members and guests; $10 to non-members in advance; $15 at the door