Epistemological Questions in Quantum Physics and Eastern Contemplative Sciences
The Institute for Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck,
in cooperation with the Mind & Life Institute
June 15-22, 1998
An account of this meeting was published in Geo (January, 1999).
The purpose of the symposium is to compare the epistemologies of two major intellectual traditions: Western science culminating in modern quantum physics and Eastern contemplative sciences as represented by Tibetan Buddhism.
Questions for analysis include:
- What are the roles of observer and consciousness?
- Are there fundamental limits to what can be said about the world?
- What are the foundations of cognition and experience in the natural sciences?
These questions are discussed in connection with specific experiments presently pursued at the Institut fÃ¼r Experimentalphysik in Innsbruck, including experiments on the nonlocality of quantum mechanics, on wave-particle dualism and on quantum teleportation.
Anton Zeilinger, Ph.D., Professor of Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria