Date: 19 – 21 March 2018

Venue: Auditorium, Level 2, Nanyang Executive Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Address: 60 Nanyang View, Singapore 639673

 

Synopsis

“The world remains, always, a bundle of processes evolving in time,”
Lee Smolin

We, the world that we live in and the universe(s) we are part of, are being shaped and have been shaped by processes that evolve(d) along different time scales. Think of the time scales of evolution (from the expansion of the universe to the development of life, the diversity of life and the extinction of species), the time scales of chemical reactions and our metabolic processes, the time scales of social processes, and the time scales (linear or circular) along which our histories, communities, families and individual lives develop.
The processes that evolve along those time scales interact in ways that give cause to phenomena of change that somehow lead to the reality we live in. Through legends, literature, art and science we know the outcome of these interactions, but the dynamics and complexities of these interactions are largely unknown.

The seventh Para Limes complexity conference is about “Complexities of Time”[1].
It will raise questions about the nature of time and change, as well as the geographical, geophysical, cultural and the very personal dimensions to time. It will also raise questions about how to deal with these different dimensions of time and what that will mean for analyzing and understanding our past, and sensing and exploring our future, how to manage our science, our lives, our systems, or the world we live in.

The annual complexity conferences have become widely recognized as unique in South East Asia. For these conferences, we invite some of the best scientists and thinkers in the area of complexity. To hear them share their insights and partake in their discussions is a great experience for all participants.

This seventh conference also marks the launch of the Complexity Institute at NTU as the hub for a South East Asian Complexity Network. Thus, the conference is jointly organized by Para Limes and the Complexity Institute.

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[1] The earlier conferences were: “More is Different” (2012), “A Crude Look at the Whole” (2013), “Hidden Connections” (2014), “Emerging Patterns” (2015), “Silent Transformations” (2016) and “Causality-Reality”(2017) . The first three conferences were organized by NTU’s complexity program, the predecessor of Para Limes. Para Limes alludes to a world beyond boundaries.

 

[Programme]

 

Videos & Presentation Slides

Opening address by Peter HO
Senior advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures, Singapore

 

Welcome remarks by Jan W. VASBINDER
Director, Para Limes, Nanyang Technological University

 

Chair: Mikhail FILIPPOV
Research fellow, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
Biography

Speaker: Geoffrey WEST
Former president and distinguished professor of the Santa Fe Institute, United States
Biography & Abstract | Presentation

 

Speaker: Douglas H. ERWIN
Senior scientist and curator, National Museum of Natural History, United States
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Helga NOWOTNY
Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies at ETH Zurich and former president, European Research Council, Austria
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Semir ZEKI
Professor of Neuroesthetics at the University College London, United Kingdom
Biography & Abstract | Presentation

 

Chair: Jan W. VASBINDER
Director, Para Limes, Nanyang Technological University
Biography

Speaker: W. Brian ARTHUR
External professor at Santa Fe Institute, United States
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Aaron MANIAM
PhD candidate/Clarendon scholar, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Biography & AbstractPresentation

 

Speaker: Virginie VAN WASSENHOVE
CEA, NeuroSpin; INSERM, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit; Université Paris-Saclay; Ecole des Neurosciences, Paris, France
Biography & Abstract Presentation

 

Speaker: J. Stephen LANSING
Professor in the Asian School of Environment and co-director of the Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Biography & Abstract 

 

Closing remarks by Jan W. Vasbinder
Director, Para Limes, Nanyang Technological University