Sunday, April 13, 2008

Alan Wallace: The Conscious Universe


Recorded at Unity Church, Santa Barbara, CA , Jan. 16, 2008
The Conscious Universe: Where Buddhism and Physics Converge

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 outdated19th-century physics. And he will discuss how these theories may relate to Buddhist theories and practices, including those of the Theravada, Mahayana, and Dzogchen traditions.

Website: Santa Barbara Institute

"The Conscious Universe" Lecture Series:
Lecture 1
Lecture 2
Lecture 3
Lecture 4
Lecture 5
Lecture 6

Books by Alan Wallace:
Alan Wallace

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