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Buddhism and Quantum Physics

by Jnanavaca

Jnanavaca's fabulous take on Einstein, Schroedinger, double slits, and all that stuff you wished you understood about quantum physics but despaired of ever knowing so as to impress at parties... Well, now you can learn all about it — as well as how it relates to Dharma practice and the Buddha's view of a truly luminous Reality. Very classy stuff from a great speaker with the most infectious laugh on the planet! We won't give any more away here — settle back and enjoy a brain-expanding, soul questioning talk.

Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order Convention, 2005

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1. Paramabandhu - introduction (4:43) 
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2. Jnanavaca; quote from Einsein; Einstein and quantum physics (4:25) 
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3. Introducing quantum physics; the physics of the very small; atoms as mostly empty (5:22) 
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4. The relevance of quantum physics (2:47) 
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5. Classical physics; the universe as a giant machine (8:18) 
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6. Young's 'double slit' experiment; the 'delayed choice' Wheeler experiment (14:15) 
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7. The Copenhagen Interpretation; looking at a rainbow; Einstein & Schroedinger's discomfort with quantum physics; the Schroedinger experiment (9:10) 
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8. Interconnectedness and empty space (5:40) 
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9. The 'many worlds interpretation'; hidden variable theories and others (3:17) 
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10. Some dangers of scientific materialism (6:17) 
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11. What can we be sure of? Einstein on the human being (5:14) 


Total running time: 1:09:28