What is time itself? Is it possible to answer that question without considering the human brain? Think about it. To every person alive, time seems to flow continuously. The present is what we see in front of us. Or we think we see it, because our brain preprocesses every sensory input before we consciously apprehend it. And what exactly is consciousness?
We will explore what modern neuroscience has to say about how time works inside your brain, and what modern physics can--and cannot--tell us about what time, itself, is. This is a fascinating subject with plenty to explore and discuss, as you can see below from the topics we will cover.
Our core book was written for general readers; its explanations are clear, complete, and nonmathematical*. We will follow it closely. For anyone who wishes to dig deeper, it includes notes and extensive references.
*Well, there's one equation, but there are plenty of sketches.
Dean Buonomano, Your Brain is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time. Norton, 2017 (paperback).