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Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

Has Quantum Physics Something to Say About Consciousness?

It is a widespread opinion among scientists and philosophers of science that quantum physics offers a significantly new context for framing the problem of consciousness. Crucial in this respect is the role of the observer (and therefore of consciousness) in quantum observation. I will claim that the observer, as embodied consciousness, is key to an understanding of the quantum measurement problem—but maybe not in the sense that is usually attributed to it. It is the classical appearance of the world that is grounded in the embodied nature of the observer.

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini was awarded his PhD in physics from the University of California in 1976. He 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. In California he contributed to the first identification of a black hole.

In 1990s he was scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation (www.eranosfoundation.org), an East-West research centre founded under the auspices of C.G. Jung in the 1930s. In that context he studied Chinese classics and produced various translations and commentaries in Italian and English, including the Yijing and the trilogy of Daoist classics, the Laozi, the Zhuangzi and the Liezi.

Presently he is director of the Pari Center for New Learning (www.paricenter.org) and lecturer at the Schumacher College (www.schumachercollege.org.uk), Devon, UK. He leads workshops on the philosophical implications of quantum physics, on Daoism, and on using the Yijing as a tool for introspection. His latest book, Pilgrimages to Emptiness, has been published by Pari Publishing.