Mind, Matter and Cosmos
June 7 – June 12, 2017Ancient and primitive cultures conceived the whole cosmos as alive and sentient. In the West, the mainstream approach of our contemporary culture has shifted from this way of being towards an ever-greater separation of matter and mind. Today’s dominant scientific world-view is based on an essentially materialistic representation of reality. But paradoxically, as we have gone deeper into the exploration, the concept of abstract matter itself has in some sense vanished, leaving us with a universe of possibilities rather than one of solid independent objects.
This course will examine how we are now moving in this fluid context, rethinking the ways in which we represent reality and recovering a sense of oneness with other human beings and all life forms. We will use physics as an instrument of wonder, a way to contact the mystery of our existence as conscious beings in this vast universe. We will explore our place in the universe both in terms of modern cosmology and ancient sacred geometry, visiting some living traces of this in the monasteries of the region of Siena and the Maremma. We will also refer to Bach's music as a key to participating in the cycles of the cosmos, and the harmony of the spheres. "From Music to Numbers and vice versa" an illustrated talk by Prof. Sergio Giudici, Dept. of Physics, University of Pisa.
Finally we will explore how this way of sensing our place in the world is reflected in the wisdom classics of the East, particularly in Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. We will find that the language of those ancient texts sometimes comes closer to expressing the subtle nature of quantum reality than that of our own contemporary scientific jargon.
Shantena Augusto Sabbadini, born in Como (Italy) in 1943, is a physicist and philosopher. He worked on the foundations of quantum physics at the University of Milano and contributed to the first identification of a black hole at the University of California. Presently he is associate director of the Pari Center for New Learning and lecturer at the Schumacher College, Devon, UK. He is interested in issues of mind, matter and consciousness and in Eastern wisdom traditions. He has translated and commented on several Oriental classics, including the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching.
F. David Peat carried out research in theoretical physics at Ottawa’s National Research Council of Canada before beginning a collaboration with David Bohm. Together they wrote Science, Order and Creativity and were working on a second book at the time of Bohm’s death. In 2001 Peat created the Pari Center for New Learning which runs courses, international conferences and visitors’ programs. He has organized meetings of scientists and Native Americans, and scientists and artists. He is the author of over twenty books.
Cost of the course 1,250 euros (VAT included). A 200 euro deposit assures a place in the course. Costs include the course, all meals and accommodation, hand-outs, use of facilities, and excursion. The course begins with dinner on Wednesday June 7. The following four days will have morning and afternoon sessions. The course ends after lunch on Monday June 12. Payment can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.
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