Blending science and spirituality

Quantum physicist Amit Goswami speaks in Ventura

By Chris O'Neal 03/07/2014

 

Amit Goswami, Ph.D., is no stranger to thinking on another level. Melding quantum physics with philosophy and spirituality, he has gained a following of those who believe that the key to enlightenment can be found in theories often relegated to the laboratory. Made famous by his appearance in the documentary What the Bleep Do We Know?, Goswami has taken his theories around the world.

Goswami’s talk this weekend is titled "Quantum Creativity in the Time of Crisis and Paradigm Shifts.”

VCREPORTER: What does it mean to be "quantum conscious"?

DR. AMIT GOSWAMI: It is the ability to live in two domains of reality, a domain of potentiality which is unconscious and a manifest domain where we have subject-object awareness.

What does it mean to go from the "primacy of matter to the primacy of consciousness"? Does this reflect a need to move from materialism?

Scientific materialism is based on the idea that all are matter and material interaction in space and time. Instead, quantum physics says there is the domain of potentiality outside of space and time where we now have experimental evidence that communication is instantaneous. This interconnectedness, details show, is our capacity of knowing — consciousness. When consciousness chooses from the material possibilities, actuality collapses and we have subject-object awareness. So we say consciousness is primary, manifest matter is created from it.

In your book Quantum Creativity you discuss the “aha!” insight. What is the "aha!" insight?

A discontinuous transition in thought comes with a surprise, hence the aha. Quantum physics explains this as a quantum leap of thought. It is similar to the quantum leap that electrons make when they go from one atomic orbit to another.

How do you meld science with philosophy?

Quantum physics says things similar to mystical philosophy such as, there are two domains of reality.

How does one achieve enlightenment using theories presented in quantum physics?

When you understand quantum physics you realize that there is unity — one consciousness — beyond our separateness. This is enlightenment.

So can quantum physics be used to prove that there is or isn’t a God?

Yes. This oneness is what mystics call God. But obviously God then is not a person.

What do you hope someone comes away with from your presentations?

That both the religious dogma — God is a person — and the scientific dogma of no God and we are separate — can be integrated.

Goswami will present “Quantum Creativity in the Time of Crisis and Paradigm Shifts” on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. Tickets are $20 pre-order, $25 at the door.

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