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Quantum Paradox and the Pauli-Jung Conjecture
A presentation by Laurence Browne
Thursday, April 5, 2018 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15
About a decade ago in Dharamsala, in discussion with the Dalai Lama, the experimental physicist Anton Zeilinger raised the possibility that knowledge, or knowing, may be more fundamental than material reality. This is not a new philosophical position either in the East or the West but it is particularly significant, especially in view of the strong materialistic bent of the West since the Enlightenment, in that it emerges so naturally out of the paradoxes of quantum physics.
Indeed, it was very much because of the perplexing anomalies of microphysics that C. G. Jung was so keen to collaborate with Wolfgang Pauli in the development of his philosophical ideas, including the theory of synchronicity. The position they arrived at has in recent years been described as the Pauli-Jung Conjecture, and is really only now starting to get the mainstream recognition it deserves. It also provides an explanation for what the physicist Nick Herbert has called the ‘great quantum dilemma’.
Most people have an idea that some sort of quantum weirdness exists below the level of everyday reality. However, this is not something taught in schools or discussed in the media in much more than a cursory or superficial way. Fortunately, it does not require a degree in physics to understand the quantum enigma and hopefully this presentation will be helpful at least in providing some food for thought.
Laurence Browne was awarded a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 2014. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and younger daughter and enjoys travelling and writing. In 2017, his thesis was published by Imprint Academic of Exeter, UK, under the title The Many Faces of Coincidence.