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CONTRIBUTOR Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini (www.shantena.com) worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of Milan and at the University of California. In Milan he researched the foundations of quantum physics, focusing on the description of the quantum process of observation, a problem that keeps fascinating him up to the present. In California he contributed to the first identification of a black hole.

In the 1990’s he was scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation, an East-West research centre founded under the guidance of C.G. Jung in the 1930’s. In that context he studied Chinese classics under the guidance of the Dutch sinologist Rudolf Ritsema and produced various translations and commentaries, including the Yijing and the Daodejing.

Since 2002 he is associate director of the Pari Center for New Learning, an alternative educational institution located in the small medieval village of Pari, Tuscany, Italy. He teaches short courses at the Schumacher College  and leads workshops on Daoism, quantum physics and the Yijing as a tool for introspection.

LATEST DIALOGUES by Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

Laozi and Quantum Physics – Part 3 of 3

Laozi and the Dao Laozi’s Daodejing is the foundational text of Daoism, dating to the sixth century BC according to Chinese tradition or to the forth century BC according to modern scholarship. Its first chapter can…

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Laozi and Quantum Physics – Part 2 of 3

The quantum paradox If demoting consciousness from primary evidence to a mere epiphenomenon of matter can be viewed as a first paradoxical development of Descartes’ insight, the advent of quantum physics is a further turning point,…

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Laozi and Quantum Physics – Part 1 of 3

Anima mundi The mind frame of ancient and traditional cultures has been described by the French anthropologist Levy-Bruhl as participation mystique (mystical participation): that is a state of mind in which the ‘I’, the individual identity,…

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