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Laozi and the Implicate Order: Wholeness in Daoism and Quantum Physics

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Event Series Event Series: Infinite Potential– Summer Series

July 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm CEST

poster for Infinite Potential: Exploring the Life and Work of David Bohm – Summer Series

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Laozi and the Implicate Order: Wholeness in Daoism and Quantum Physics

with Shantena Augusto Sabbadini 

July 26 at 18:00 (CEST) for a 2-hour live session  

Bohm’s notion of implicate order resonates with the Eastern notion of Dao. Dao is the invisible current that brings the ‘ten thousand things’ to manifestation, but it is also described as the attractor that calls them back to return to their root, to no-thingness, to the unmanifest. And ultimately these two states, the manifest, the explicate, that which can be named, and the unmanifest, the implicate, that which has no name, are one and the same. Holding them together in our awareness is, Laozi tells us, the ultimate secret, the door of all mysteries.

Dr Shantena Augusto Sabbadini, quantum physicist and philosopher

Shantena graduated from the University of Milan in 1968 and was awarded his PhD in physics from the University of California in 1976. In Milan he researched the foundations of quantum physics, laying the base for what is currently known as the decoherence interpretation of quantum physics. At the University of California, he contributed to the theoretical work behind the first identification of a black hole, the X-ray source Cygnus X-1. In the 1990s he was scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation, an East-West research center founded under the auspices of C.G. Jung in the 1930s. In that context he produced various translations and commentaries of Chinese classics in Italian and English, including the Yijing and the trilogy of Daoist classics, the Laozi, the Zhuangzi and the Liezi. From 2002 onwards he collaborated with F. David Peat running the Pari Center for New Learning and in 2017 he succeeded his friend and colleague as director of the center.

Shantena leads workshops and courses on the philosophical implications of quantum physics, on Daoism, and on using the Yijing as a tool for introspection. His most recent book in English, Pilgrimages to Emptiness: Rethinking Reality through Quantum Physics, was published by Pari Publishing in 2017.

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July 26, 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CEST
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