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Christian Kohl

Christian Kohl

After my Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics I got somehow pulled away from science and now work as an International IT Manager.

I practise meditation since 2004 following the approaches of Qigong, Zazen and Vajrayana Buddhism.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 11:51

Awareness and the Three Principles of Meditation

In this video, Sogyal Rinpoche speaks about this awareness and how it relates to the three principles of shamatha or meditation.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 11:46

The Tenzin Gyatso Scholars Program

Learn about the Tenzin Gyatso Institute’s Scholars program, inspired by HH Dalai Lama.

 

Josh Korda deftly combines poignant cultural observations, challenges of following a spiritual path and quotes from the Buddha.

 

This post is all about a practical demonstration of the measurement problem which has been discussed in a more general way in the previous post, click here to read it.

This central statement is where we left off:
Only when a measurement is carried out, ONE of the variety of possible states of any given quantum system is magically picked out and is then called "reality". This reality depends on how the observer looks, i.e. on the particular way the experiment is carried out. The process of picking out one of many possibility is what we call 'collapse of the wave function'. Nobody knows how the system 'truly' looks like, and when we look we see only one aspect.

The double-slit experiment is a very tangible and certainly the most prominent way to demonstrate how the measurement problem can manifest. It works as follows:

Tuesday, 01 November 2011 15:49

What meditation really is

H.H. Sakya Trizin gives an overview of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and where we can begin.

Thursday, 27 October 2011 17:51

I Meditate NY

Anurag Agawal talks about meditation and the 'I Meditate New York' program.

 

Thursday, 27 October 2011 17:40

The Joy, Tranquility and Peace of Now

Ringu Tulku talks about what meditation really is.

 

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 16:29

Jon Kabat-Zinn: What meditation Really Is


Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, defines meditation as “living your life as if it really mattered”.

Check our video section and watch what he says about what meditation really is and the benefits of meditation.


Monday, 17 October 2011 12:28

Dharma Punx

Watch some interviews taken after a Dharma Punx guided sitting in NYC.

 

Erric announced in his blog about Robert Lanza's book 'Biocentrism' that I would write a little something about the science in the book.
Here we go, this is the first in a series of three posts about the effect of an observer in quantum physics.



Part 1 - Measurement problem and quantum entanglement

 

 

 


I'd like to focus on 2 of the seven principles of Lanza's theory::

  • What we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness. An "external" reality, if it existed, would by definition have to exist in space. But this is meaningless, because space and time are not absolute realities but rather tools of the human and animal mind.

  • The behaviour of subatomic particles, indeed all particles and objects, is inextricably linked to the presence of an observer. Without the presence of a conscious observer, they at best exist in an undetermined state of probability waves (or 'wave functions').

Let's begin by a quote from Richard Conn Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. He pointed out that Lanza's theory is consistent with quantum physics: “What Lanza says in this book is not new. Then why does Robert have to say it at all? It is because we, the physicists, do NOT say it - or if we do say it, we only whisper it, and in private - furiously blushing as we mouth the words. True, yes; politically correct, hell no!”