Alan Wallace & Bernard Carr “Space, Time & Consciousness”

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Alan Wallace & Bernard Carr Lecture & Dialogue “Space, Time & Consciousness” 7.30pm Saturday 2nd July 2016 
lamacropAlan Wallace – a scholar and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970 – has taught Buddhist theory and meditation worldwide since 1976. Having devoted fourteen years to training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama, he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College and a doctorate in religious studies at Stanford. With his unique background, Alan Wallace brings deep experience and applied skills to the challenge of integrating traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with the modern world. Alan Wallace therefore provides an unique bridge – a luminous space – for the discussion of the nature of consciousness and of reality where the ancient tradition and knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist theory and practice are brought into dialogue with the traditions and practices of contemporary science, so that each can enrich the understanding of the other.

 

BernardcarrBernard Carr is Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London. He studied for his PhD under Stephen Hawking at Cambridge. His professional area of research is cosmology and astrophysics and includes such topics as the early universe, black holes, dark matter and the anthropic principle. His recent books include “Universe or Multiverse?” and “Quantum Black Holes”. He is also very interested in the role of consciousness, regarding this as a fundamental rather than incidental feature of the Universe. He is developing a new psycho-physical paradigm, linking matter and mind, which accommodates normal, paranormal and mystical experiences. He also has a long-standing interest in the relationship between science and religion, particularly in the similarities between Buddhist and modern cosmology. He is former Chairman of the Scientific and Medical Network and a former President of the Society for Psychical Research.

Lecture: £20 Concessions: £10 Registration : www.c-c-n.org or: [email protected]


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Colet House151
Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA
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Although physics claims to be close to a “Theory of Everything”, there are two features of the Universe that are far from understood: time and consciousness. The problem with time is that its role is very different in relativity theory and quantum theory, so its status in any final theory is unclear. The problem with consciousness is that most physicists neglect it altogether, even though there are several indications from physics itself that consciousness is a fundamental rather than incidental feature of the Universe. Since a key feature of consciousness is the flow of time, these two problems are clearly connected. However, the relationship between physical time and psychological time is still not understood and poses a profound mystery. The resolution of this mystery may require a new psychophysical paradigm, in which consciousness interacts with the Universe on a hierarchy of levels, each associated with a different specious present. The implications of this picture for normal, paranormal and mystical states of consciousness will be discussed.