Monday, May 5, 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm
The Spacetime of Dreams
Co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of World Religions
CSWR Common Room, 42 Francis Avenue
Seating is limited. The event will be livestreamed at https://hds.harvard.edu/news/live-stream
This talk examines the higher-dimensional time theories of the British aviator and writer John Dunne, whose widely-read Experiment with Time (1927) offered anecdotal evidence that dreams and other visionary experiences allowed people to perceive events from the future. Dunne had several dramatic precognitive dreams and these dreams, together with ideas cobbled together from Einstein and other scientists, enabled Dunne to develop a theory of time in which human consciousness contained multiple “observers” that perceived reality from different dimensions. Dunne’s view that human beings transcended time and space in dreams reverberated throughout popular culture in Europe and America, inspiring writers seeking ways of transcending the terrors of the world wars or triumphing over suffering and death, including the British broadcaster and novelist J.B. Priestley, H.G. Wells, and Christian writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Developing these notions in sermons, articles, and fictional works, these thinkers used dreams and higher-dimensional theories to argue that human consciousness was more powerful and free than most people suspected.
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Monday, February 12, 2018 | 6:00-7:30pm
"Eliminate the Muslim": Science, Religion and the Future of Brown
Professor Ahmed Ragab
The Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion
Director, Science, Religion and Culture Program
In a present punctuated by bans, walls, registries, violence, and deportations, what is the future of black, brown, and queer? The B/B/Q person is stuck in a timeplay where the future is only a repetition of the present, and affirmation of the past. Thinking through science (fiction), religion and culture, we discuss what the future means, what time entails and what implications a timeplay has on present and future identities. The talk/talk-back will be followed by a Science, Religion, and Culture Program Open House Reception.
SRC Open House will follow. (Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue) (To download the flyer, click here.)