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Worlds of Entanglement

Friday, 29 September, 2017 - 08:15 to Saturday, 30 September, 2017 - 18:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Symposium

The Centre Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies (CLEA) of the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium, organizes the international symposium “Worlds of Entanglement,” to be held at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), on September 29–30, 2017.

The symposium is the natural continuation of past events organized by our centre, in particular the “Einstein meets Magritte” conference (1995), and the “Times of Entanglement” symposium (2010), which brought together some of the world’s most renowned thinkers, such as Zygmunt Bauman, Brian Arthur, Ilya Prigogine, Heinz von Foerster, William Calvin, Bas van Fraassen, Bob Edwards, Adolf Grunbaum, Rom Harré, Chris Langton, Constantin Piron, Francisco Varela, Linda Schele, Robert Pirsig, Barbara Hernstein-Smith, John Ziman, among others, to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue about fundamental issues of science and society.

In the last decades, quantum theory has advanced from a “passive attitude,” where quantum features of physical systems were exploited to obtain useful technologies, to an “active attitude,” where the deep structure of quantum reality has been manipulated to design new systems and processes. This new “quantum way of thinking” not only has expanded the application of quantum theory from the micro-physical to the macro-physical domain, but has also brought new perspectives on how we should think about some of the most fundamental notions conceived by the human intellect, such as information, complexity, life, rationality and consciousness.

We aim at interdisciplinary dialogues between experts in quantum theory and experts in life and social sciences to discuss how the most recent advances in our understanding of the nature of reality impact science and the future of our society.

Please Contact Tomas Veloz (Postdoctoral researcher at CLEA) at tveloz@gmail.com for any inquiry

 

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