Mind Quest will take a bit of a detour from the usual format for the month of April. Thursdays in April, from 6:30-8 p.m., a four-week series will be presented by Torben Riise.
The mini-series is an extension of the speaker's Quantum Physics Mind Quest presentation last fall. Each week will delve deeper into a theory or position, and give attendees much to think about long after they leave the Civic Building!
April 6: Consciousness, Living In Non-Location. The one phenomenon in Quantum Physics that is the hardest to comprehend is that of non-locality; that objects exist not in one place but everywhere, that existence really is “a tendency to exists,” and that events happen not in “one moment” but exist in the past, present and future – simultaneously. Examples from daily lives will be discussed from this extraordinary viewpoint.
April 13: Chaos Theory. Daily occurrences like weather, fluctuations in animal population, placement of leaves on trees and highway traffic all seem chaotic; but in the light of chaos theory, they reveal an underlying order. The theory of chaos twists and bends many concepts: How long is the coast line of England? Is the Earth’s annual orbit around the Sun predictable? The answers are not obvious, and when illustrated, reveal a stunning beauty.
April 20.: Anthropomorphism. Based on Stewart Guthrie’s bold and provocative studies into the characteristics of how man creates images of human form out of objects that are non-human; see how and when this serves us well and not so well, and how anthropomorphism defines religion – the most widely shared phenomenon in human culture.
April 27: Hyperspace – A World in 10 Dimensions. Did the universe start as a tear in the space-time fabric? As a quantum particle that sprang into existence? We will take a look at why physicists find it necessary to describe the universe in more than four dimensions and look at what it means for understanding black holes, worm holes, parallel universes and time travel. How can we even “see” a universe with more than three dimensions? Be prepared to stretch your imagination.