Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Upaya Dharma Podcasts - B Alan Wallace: The Conscious Universe - Where Buddhism and Physics Converge

I love B Alan Wallace as a Buddhist scholar, but not so much when he starts talking physics, which he seems to do quite often. Still he is entertaining.

I have been critical of his approach to physics in recent books, especially Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness. I smell anthropocentric thinking in such theories, so I become very cautious and agnostic in hearing Wallace present his perspective.

The Conscious Universe: Where Buddhism and Physics Converge

Speaker: B. Alan Wallace, Phd.

Physicists have long assumed that the universe is fundamentally composed of matter and energy and that life and consciousness are accidental byproducts of configurations of matter. But a growing number of distinguished physicists are now suggesting that consciousness may play a much more fundamental role in nature than scientists previously believed. In this lecture Alan Wallace will review some of the most provocative theories presented by such leading physicists as John Wheeler, Stephen Hawking, and Andre Linde that challenge many of the materialist assumptions based on outdated 19th-century physics. And he will discuss how these theories may relate to Buddhist theories and practices, including those of the Theravada, Mahayana, and Great Perfection traditions of Buddhism.

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