4-wk Course; 2 Sections for Different Time Zones I. Aug. 10 – 31, Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ETII. Aug. 12 – Sept. 2, Fridays, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET
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Underlying all matter is the Quantum Vacuum. Alive with restless energy, it is the source from which matter arose 13.8 billion years ago and which still underpins its existence every single moment of time. These quantum fluctuations of primordial energy spit out and suck back in matter and antimatter particles every instant in time. The foundation of our universe is kind of a “space-time foam” that seethes with creative potential.
“If one can be captivated by music without studying scales and be uplifted by poetry without studying meters, then surely one can be enlightened by quantum physics without studying equations.” — Sarbmeet Kanwal
The new perspective that flows from the Quantum revolution strikes a death blow to reductionist viewpoints — observers cannot be separated from what they observe and a whole cannot be reduced to a collection of parts.
Session 1 (Aug. 10), Context: How can quantum energy ignite the big bang? How can quantum fields generate materiality? How can self-aware life emerge from quantum randomness? Quantum physics is the science of mystery. It helps put the magical and the mystical back into the context painted by the cosmic story.
Session 2 (Aug. 17), Matrix: Quantum physics is all about the primacy of interaction and relationship. Entities derive their identity not from their properties but from their relationships with other entities. This dynamics turns objects into subjects. It connects everything in the universe into one vast cosmic web.
Session 3 (Aug. 24), Subjectivity: Quantum relationality is what brings about subjectivity. Like the collapse of a quantum wave, being is evoked through an observer observing the observed. All change in the universe flows from relationship and interaction.
Session 4 (Aug. 31), Action: Like the probability cloud around an atom, we are all surrounded by a swirling potential of possibilities luring us into the future. The one that is actualized becomes a launch pad for the next set of possibilities. To follow these allurements through our actions is to be aligned with the universe.
Hidden Heart of Cosmos, by Brian Swimme
The Breathing Cathedral, Martha Heyneman
Helgoland, by Carlo Rovelli
Reality is Not What it Seems, by Carlo Rovelli
1) Quantum Non-determinism:The future of a quantum system is unpredictable. No matter how much information is available, science can only tell the probabilities associated with different outcomes; never which outcome the system will actually choose.
2) Quantum Non-objectivity:Objectivity in science changes meaning in quantum physics. A subject can no longer be separated from the object being observed. Science becomes the study of interactions between observers and the observed.
4) Quantum Discreteness:
No process in the universe is smooth or continuous. Everything happens through discrete jumps. Either you are all in or you are not. Either you are on this side or you are on that. There is no in-between for the quantum universe.
Our grasp of the Cosmic Story cannot be complete without an understanding of the generative power that originated the universe and that even today underpins the existence of every material body.
Quantum Field is the mechanism through which the original creative impulse continues to flow through every atom of matter and every photon of light, sustaining the ongoing evolution of the cosmos. Understanding the quantum essence of our being can help us align our lives with the spirit that animates cosmic development.
Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD is an award-winning educator and a pioneer in novel ways of teaching quantum physics and astronomy. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the California Institute of Technology. His aptitude for explaining intricate scientific concepts in everyday language, has made him a sought after speaker among both science and non-science communities. He recently gave a TEDx talk on our new cosmic story, titled “Chaos to Cosmos”. Sarbmeet is a follower of the Sikh religion and a long time board member of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought where he helped initiate several interfaith projects including the cofounding of an award winning youth leadership program called MOSAIC. In the last two years he has assisted with instruction for Deeptime Network courses.
" It is so supportive to have a whole community, from around the world, working together to embody and live out a deep connection to the new cosmology in its ethical and spiritual dimensions. We are the Universe emerging. "- M.J. Zimmerman
" After 20 years of living into the Universe Story, I was reawakened to how truly empowering it is through what is emerging for others on parallel paths from around the globe. "— Penny Andrews
" If you're seeking a meaningful story that explains our place in our Universe and in Nature, and like-minded global citizens, this course may be your next step on that journey. " - David Morton Rintoul
" Everything I have known in life is being integrated into unifying perspectives and connectedness which come like seeds being nourished from a deep space of love, abundance, and creativity "— Marides "Madett" Virola-Gardiola, Philippines
" I am co-creating a space for children older than 7 years old and this course has been granting me a deeper understanding of how I want to position myself and act in this space while deep listening to children. " — Joana Benetton, Brazil
" Being around so many talented and confident people has helped me with developing a children’s book for Montessori Sunday school. " — Nancee Cline
It is all and more than I expected – I am not new to the material though have certainly learned and gained new insights into the wonderful planet we call “home”.
The assignments are doable, interesting, and inviting. I am enjoying the course very much.
Am loving it. The small groups are wonderful. It is such a marvelous group of participants. The networking is fabulous. Love the opening and thoughtful reflections.
I look forward to every session.
I had to miss two weeks and was aware there was something missing in my life, so I know I am finding it really useful and challenging. Also good to make connections.
I am feeling inspired, energized, and more-connected-than ever! I am also enjoying the arc of the course, the meditations, quote sharing, and especially the content.
The content is very interesting and the community so rich. I have been in other Zoom courses in the last years and usually an important proportion of the participants close the camera, do other things while the session is going on… In here most people is really “here.”
We use Sensei integrated with Buddypress so that participants can engage in asynchronous course discussions, and share resources, profiles, and information about their organizations. We’ve had experience using this technology with people of all levels of technical capability. If you have any questions, we’re right there to help you. All meetings are recorded. The course will remain open for one year so you can view recordings, stay in touch and continue to share thoughts and resources with others sharing the journey with you. Our fearless developer, Mohit Sharma, stands at the ready to solve any tech problems that might crop up a long the way.
Two Sections: Attend one or both sections; content is the same in both sections.
1. Wednesdays, Aug. 10 – 31, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET2. Fridays, Aug. 12 – Sept. 2, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET
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