SG activity - Time in Biology

How many clocks do you have? Did you include your internal clocks? Prof. dr. Menno Gerkema sheds light on how our bodies perceive time and discusses what this means for life in 24-hour societies.

Organisator Studium Generale

di 21 maart 2017 20:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

How many clocks do you have? One watch on your wrist? Perhaps a phone or wall clock? But what about your internal clocks? What if you examined your life and the way you live it through the lens of chronobiology, the scientific study of the biology of time? Find out as professor Menno Gerkema looks at how our bodies perceive time at the cellular, organ, and organism level. What do chronobiological insights actually mean for the way we live our daily lives and our relationship with time in modern society? To what extent do our ingrained time programmes and biological rhythms (mis)match the fast pace and irregular rhythms of contemporary 24-hour societies? And does the evolution of our time systems keep up with the aging of populations? Or are we experiencing a disconnection between social and biological pace?

On Time

This lecture series, titled “On Time”, reflects on time from the perspectives of linguistics, philosophy, biology, and cultural anthropology. Time is elusive. Some people have it, others are always running short of it. Sometimes it flies by and yet there are periods which seem to drag on and on. The fascinating thing is that we cannot observe or measure time directly; we can only infer it by changes we experience. How can we actually understand this intriguing and complex concept? Explore divergent ways of approaching time and see how different disciplines explain the human perception of time. Are different realms at odds with each other with regard to their view of time, or do they merely reflect different and complimentary ways of observing the same?

About Menno Gerkema

Menno Gerkema is Professor of Chronobiology at the University of Groningen. He conducts research on the evolution of timing in mammals, on neurobiology of biological clocks and on functional aspects of biological rhythms. In line with his second chair in Science Business and Policy he is a founding member and shareholder of Ltd Chrono@work, applying chronobiology to problems of shift work and the 24-hour society.

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