What is an event in physics? What are its attributes? This question didn’t seem very interesting until quantum physics changed the world. Is an observer or an observation necessary? How does the bizarre quantum world of probabilities turn into our everyday normal world of determined events?

Anthony Aguirre is Associate Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz. He is Co-Founder and Associate Scientific Director of The Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi; see www.fqxi.org). Aguirre received his PhD in Astronomy in 2000 from Harvard University.

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Anthony Clifford Grayling is an English philosopher who founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London.

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