Moon Jazz Jam

VPK:n talo (Eskelinkatu 5, Turku), 9.2.2019, 17.00

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Dreaming as Virtual Reality

Dr. Katja Valli 19.1.2019, 15.00-16.30, Koulu


Science Cafe is back with an exciting new topic! Dr. Katja Valli from the University of Turku will talk about “Dreaming as Virtual Reality”.

Dreaming can be conceptualized as a virtual reality simulation, mimicking the waking perceptual world. But how dream simulations relate to other types of internally generated simulations, such as mind wandering? Are any of the internally generated simulations functional or just noise in the machine? In this presentation, we focus on the simulation theories of dreaming which suggest that, in our ancestors, dreaming about particular types of events might have enhanced the neurocognitive mechanisms involved in recognition and avoidance of threats or social perception, cognition, and interaction.

As usual the talk is in English and it is intended for a non-specialised audience, no previous knowledge of the topic is required. IMPORTANT: Please note the time!

Understanding Interstellar

Dr. Guillermo García Pérez 8.12.2018 – 14.00/17.00-19.00, Kino Diana


Last Science Cafe of 2018 will be a VERY special one! Dr. Guillermo García Pérez, from the University of Turku, will talk about “Understanding Interstellar”.

Interstellar, by Christopher Nolan, presents a thrilling science-fiction story in which humankind needs to leave Earth to survive. The scientific consultant of the film was Nobel laureate in physics Kip S. Thorne, who participated in the writing of the script and thoroughly calculated the physical environment. As a result, Interstellar is undoubtedly one of the most scientifically accurate Sci-Fi films ever produced, with stunningly realistic visual representations of exotic objects like wormholes and black holes. In this talk, Dr. García Pérez will present the main theories needed to understand the physics of the film, as well as its enigmatic and controversial ending.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The event, which will take place at Kino Diana (Humalistonkatu 3b), is divided in two parts (you can participate to any of them independently). There will first be the Interstellar film (14.00 – 17.00, tickets online and at the cinema) and then the Science Cafe talk about the physics of Interstellar (free event) from 17.00 to 19.00 (talk plus Q&A).