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"Quantum measurements inject our consciousness into the arena of the so-called objective world. There is no paradox in the delayed-choice experiment if we give up the idea that there is a fixed and independent material world even when we are not observing it. Ultimately, it boils down to what you, the observer, want to see. "
— AMIT GOSWAMI, The Self-Aware Universe
Daniel Pinchbeck, in his excellent book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, expresses a good deal of interest in the work of Amit Goswami.
Excerpt from Pinchbeck’s book:
Advancing the work of Fritjof Capra in The Tao of Physics, the physicist Amit Goswami proposes that the paradoxes of quantum mechanics—nonlocality, action-at-a- distance, quantum uncertainty, and so on—can only be resolved through the hypothesis that consciousness, not matter, is the fundamental reality of the universe. Instead of a dualistic split between mind and matter, or subject and object, Goswami puts forth a philosophy that he calls “monistic idealism.” According to this position, “the consciousness of the subject in a subject-object experience is the same consciousness that is the ground of all being. Therefore, consciousness is unitive. There is only one subject-consciousness, and we are that consciousness,” he writes in his 1993 book, The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World. Goswami posits a “brain-mind” system in which the physical brain functions as a measuring and recording device, following the rules of classical physics, while a “quantum component of the brain-mind…is the vehicle for conscious choice and for creativity.”
It is the activity of consciousness, determining the “quantum collapse” of a wave-form into a particle, that brings the world into being. “Consciousness is the agency that collapses the wave of a quantum object, which exists in potential, making it an immanent particle in the world of manifestation,” Goswami writes. Our subjective awareness arises as a result of a “tangled hierarchy” in the brain, a closed loop of self-reference similar to the famous “liar’s paradox” (the man from Crete who insists, “All Cretans are liars”). Since quantum collapse can only occur through a physical brain, the ego is “an assumed identity that the free-willing consciousness dons in the interest of having a reference point.” Esoteric disciplines and techniques of meditation teach us to observe our subjectivity, our ego-hood, with its continuous babble of thoughts and worries, from an outside perspective, a “witness consciousness.” By doing this, we jump out of our individually conditioned viewpoint, the self-referential circuit, and take the transcendent perspective.
Embrace Transcendence in South India January 15-28, 2010
Quantum physicist Amit Goswami, Ph.D. and yoga psychologist Uma Krishnamurthy, M.D. will guide us to ancient shrines and through sacred landscapes, and lead us through yoga that allows us to explore the realms of superconscious states.
Full South India Pilgrimage Linked for You at greatmystery.org/events/india2010.html
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Professor of physics at the University of Oregon and a member of its Institute of Theoretical Science, Dr. Goswami is a revolutionary in a growing body of renegade scientists who in recent years have ventured into the domain of the spiritual in an attempt both to interpret the seemingly inexplicable findings of their experiments... and to validate their intuitions about the existence of a spiritual dimension of life.
A prolific writer, teacher and visionary... Dr. Goswami has appeared in the movie "What the Bleep do We know?!", "The Dalai Lama Renaissance", and the just released documentary "The Quantum Activist."