Quantum Physics, Embodiment and Consciousness

Quantum Physics, Embodiment and Consciousness

With Shantena Augusto Sabbadini  •  Feb 15–Mar 1, 2019

A 3-Part webinar series

The great popularity of quantum physics in New Age circles hardly does it a good service. For the most part those treatments are closer to fantasy than to science. The intent of this seminar is to introduce the basics of quantum physics and to discuss their interpretation in plain language accessible to everyone, while at the same time staying close to solid ground – or at least trying to clearly mark any departure from it.

The main focus will be the implications of quantum physics for our understanding of consciousness. Quantum physics implies the notion of an observer, and therefore, in some sense, of consciousness. But how we should understand the role of the observer is a crucial and often misunderstood point. We will closely investigate it and explore its connection with the embodied nature of experience.

 

Additional materials:

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini, Pilgrimages to Emptiness: Rethinking Reality through Quantum Physics (book, available on Amazon)

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini, Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: a guide to the interpretation of the foundational book of Taoism (book, available on Amazon)

The Quantum Revolution and the Soul of the World (video)
Schumacher College Earth Talk, 5th February 2014

SAND Italy 2015 interview (video)

SAND Italy 2015 conversation with Rupert Spira (video)

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Part 1: The world is not made of things.

Feb 16, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am

Superpositions and entanglement.

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Part 2: Why does the world appear classic?

Feb 23, 2019

The quantum problem of measurement.

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Part 3: Consciousness coming full circle.

Mar 2, 2019

The embodied observer.

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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 center 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 (www.paricenter.com), an alternative educational institution located in the small medieval village of Pari, Tuscany, Italy. He teaches short courses at the Schumacher College (www.schumachercollege.org.uk) and leads workshops on Daoism, quantum physics and the Yijing as a tool for introspection.