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The Relation Between Physical Time and Consciousness  Carlo Rovelli (Centre de Physique Theorique de Luminy, Universite de Aix-Marseille, Marseille, France)   PL1

There is double misunderstanding at the root of much current confusion on the nature of time. On the one hand, there is the misinterpretation of the equations of physics that overlooks the fact that they describe happening, not a frozen world. On the other hand, there is a failure to appreciate that key aspects of experiential time are due to the way our brain works (mostly memory), and not to elementary physics. Getting rid of this double misunderstanding permits us to explore the strict intertwining between temporality and consciousness without exiting common sense naturalism nor fancying mysterious new physics. In the lecture I distinguish which aspects of experiential temporality are a direct reflection of physical becoming, and which are only due to the specificity of our brain.