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Does Quantum Theory Reveal an Underlying Wholeness to Reality?

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Event Series Event Series: The Science of Wholeness

November 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm CET

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Does Quantum Theory Reveal an Underlying Wholeness to Reality?

with Dr. Jonathan Allday

Saturday November 4, 2023
10:00am PDT | 1:00pm EDT | 5:00pm GMT  |  6:00pm CET

2-hour session

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In the 1970s, a series of books, such as The Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters, explored the supposed synergies between quantum theory and the wisdom traditions. These well-meaning books spawned something of an industry and associated quantum hype where quantum theory was portrayed as supporting, or worse justifying, certain worldviews.

Typically, these approaches drew on the Copenhagen interpretation, the idea that the mind causes quantum state collapse and the physics of entanglement and related them to the experience of non-duality, wholeness and immersion in a universal mind characteristic of spiritual insight.

It is now time to look back on these ideas in the light of 50 years further thought on quantum theory and its philosophical implications and to draw some more nuanced conclusions. In the words of Eddington[1] “I have not suggested that either religion or free-will can be deduced from modern physics; I have limited myself to showing that certain difficulties in reconciling them have been removed.”

[1] Eddington “New Pathways in Science”, 1935, p306

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Jonathan Allday was born in Liverpool in 1960. He did his first degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge in 1982 and then returned to Liverpool to complete a PhD in elementary particle physics. As part of this, he was fortunate to spend some time working at the European particle physics centre, CERN, in Geneva.

Also, during that time he was co-opted onto a working party looking at the teaching of particle physics in schools and universities. The upshot was a new syllabus in particle physics and cosmology to be added to UK A-level (16-18) physics qualifications. The first questions were set in 1992.

On the back of the work on this syllabus, Jonathan wrote his first book Quarks, Leptons and the Big Bang, which was published in 1998 and is about to enter its fourth edition. Jonathan has also collaborated on a couple of textbooks and written his own books on Quantum Theory, General Relativity and the Apollo moon missions.

Professionally, Jonathan worked as a physics teacher for 30 years in a variety of independent day and boarding schools in the UK. He was a head of physics, a head of science and latterly an academic deputy head. He retired in 2020 and now runs a consulting company providing training and educational advice for schools.

Jonathan is married to Carolyn, and they have three sons all of whom are far better at sport than he was. Carolyn was a GB swimmer, which explains how come the boys can do sport. Jonathan and Carolyn live in a hamlet not far from Worcester in the UK. When not writing or consulting, Jonathan enjoys watching cricket, James Bond movies and Formula 1 races.


November 4, 2023
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CET