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PIONEERS - talks about the boundaries of imagination

Movie

20 October Friday
19:00
Screening room
  • Free tickets available at the CSK cash desk

PIONEERS - talks about the boundaries of imagination

A cycle of documentary films by Karol Jałochowski

“POLITYKA’S Salon” - discussions

 

A unique project combining various fields of art and science. "Pioneers" is a documentary series connected with the most prominent and unorthodox scholars, who have had the courage to question contemporary paradigms.

 

We invite you to the Screening Room of the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin to film projections and accompanying discussions with journalists from the “Polityka” weekly as well as artists and scientists. As part of the project, you will also be spectators of an experiment combining art and science. Admission to all events is free with admission tickets, to be collected at the cash desk of the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin.

 

The meetings are held as part of “POLITYKA’S Salon”.

Emotions connected with developing and challenging new theories; passion for being in opposition to the environment, struggling against the "publish or perish" dogma; joys and sorrows associated with uncovering the unknown – those are the stories of the “Pioneers”.

This project, launched a few years ago, is carried out by the POLITYKA weekly under the auspices of the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. Its originator and creator is Karol Jałowowski, a science journalist of the weekly, a scholarship holder of the National University of Singapore, a recipient of the Grand Press Award.

A DESCRIPTION OF THE EPISODES AND MEETINGS

20.10.2017

7:00 p.m.

Daniel C. Dennett, “Do Lobsters Have Free Will?”

Daniel C. Dennett from Tufts University is one of the most eminent philosophers of mind, considered a great reformer of this field of knowledge. For half a century he has been looking for answers to the following questions: What is consciousness? What is free will? Is faith a natural phenomenon? What are the roots of irrationalism? A personal meeting with the philosopher takes place in his house in the north of New England.

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After the film, a meeting with Daniel Dennett, Dr. Mateusz Hohol (Jagiellonian University), and Karol Jałochowski will be moderated by Prof. Pawel Frelik (Maria Curie Skłodowska University).

The film will be accompanied by a live performance. During the discussion an excellent composer and double bass player, Jacek Mazurkiewicz will perform an artistic-scientific experiment.

 

27.10.2017

7:00 p.m.

Julian Barbour, “Bottom’s Dream”

Julian Barbour is an independent physicist and historian of science - a person of an exceptional reputation in the research community. He has been dispelling the unnecessary notions of physics for 40 years. One of them is time, which he considers an illusion. In recent years, Barbour has devoted himself to investigating the phenomenon of the passage of time and its direction – the so-called "arrow of time". We meet him in his hometown, located next to Oxford, in the house where he grew up.

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After the film, a meeting with Aneta Kyzioł (POLITYKA), Paweł Passini (neTTheatre) and Prof. Jerzy Kowalski-Glikman (University of Wrocław) will be moderated by Prof. Pawel Frelik (Maria Curie Skłodowska University).

03.11.2017

7:00 p.m.

Gregory Chaitin, “Against Method”

Gregory Chaitin (born 1947) is a mathematician and a co-creator of the algorithmic complexity theory. As a teenager, he made a huge contribution to the development of the philosophy of mathematics and computer science. Chaitin says that although scientific truths sometimes cannot be proved, this is not a reason for pessimism – on the contrary, it is a reason for great optimism. Chaitin proposes an outline of the theory he is currently working on – looking for sources of beauty and creativity in mathematics and nature. The protagonist lives on a small island near Rio de Janeiro, in his philosophical retreat.


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After the film, a meeting with Piotr Panek (University of Warsaw) and Monika Pasiecznik (Dwutygodnik), Karol Jałochowski (POLITYKA) will be moderated by Prof. Paweł Frelik (Maria Curie Skłodowska University).
 

10.11.2017

7:00 p.m.

Freeman Dyson, “Space Dreamer”

Freeman Dyson is a legendary scientist who has left his mark on countless fields of knowledge. Without his mathematical talent to discern the essence of things, science would look completely different now. Dyson is also famous for his optimistically subversive views on the main problems of our world. He participated in virtually all major nuclear disarmament initiatives. He has made our planet much safer than you would expect. He has also been an opinionated if isolated advocate of the long-term colonisation of space. The film tells the story of the journey to the moons of Jupiter.  

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After the film, a meeting with Katarzyna Jagiełło (Greenpeace Poland), Marcin Rotkiewicz (POLITYKA) and Prof. Paweł Frelik (Maria Curie Skłodowska University) will be moderated by Marek Ścibior.

17.11.2017

7:00 p.m.

Charles H. Bennett, “A Drinking Bird Mystery”

Charles H. Bennett is an American thinker, physicist and information theory pioneer with astonishingly broad interests. He is best known for his research into the surprising interconnections between physics, especially the quantum science and information. He is one of the founding fathers of quantum cryptography and a co-author of the revolutionary concept of quantum teleportation. But that you'll find out on the Internet. We, on the other hand, accompany Bennet, who, in the autumn forests of Massachusetts and New York, is looking for traces of his own and humanity's past. Is it irretrievably lost? Can events that no one has ever recorded on a film reel be saved from oblivion?

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After the film, a meeting with Agnieszka Krzemińska (POLITYKA), Łukasz Lamża (University of Warsaw) will be moderated by Marek Ścibior.

01.12.2017

7:00 p.m.

Artur Ekert, “A Model Kit”

Artur Ekert is a physicist, mathematician, cryptologist and one of the creators of quantum computer science. In 1992 he invented a unique cryptographic protocol based on quantum entanglement. It was a recipe for a perfect cipher, which undermined the previous assumptions about free will, randomness and reality. However, despite its transparency and usefulness, Ekert's concept escapes clear interpretations. According to some theories, ideas sometimes resemble their creators. The scientist, known for his elusiveness, is found in a mysterious city on the equator. Ekert will talk about surprising connections of ciphers and free will, and about life in parallel universes.

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After the film, a meeting with filmmaker Karol Jałochowski, and Justyna Sobolewska (POLITYKA) will be moderated by Prof. Paweł Frelik (Maria Curie Skłodoska University).

The film will be accompanied by a live performance of an excellent composer and double bass player, Jacek Mazurkiewicz. During the discussion we will witness an artistic-scientific experiment performed by him.

Partners: UMCS, Krakowski Festiwal Filmowy.

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  • Free tickets available at the CSK cash desk

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