Mind-Matter and Space-Time: The Reality Continuum (PHI 341)
The Quantum Theory and Relativity, the two hallmarks of modern physics, have challenged our so-called intuitions from microscopic to macroscopic scales. Quantum physicists had to conclude that it is impossible to fully separate the perceived from the perceiver, while the theory of relativity established the interdependence between space and time.
“Mind-Matter and Space-Time: The Reality Continuum” aims at stretching the participants’ minds beyond the inherently flawed mental perceptions by pointing out their fallacies, while meaningfully appreciating the secret intelligence, a profound and dynamic coherence, that is at work behind this phenomenal universe.
This course will introduce the laws of classical mechanics, classical theory of light and gravity, models of atomic structure, quantum theory, quantum electrodynamics, non-Euclidean space and the theory of Relativity, while trying to comprehend how much our phenomenal experiences depend upon the scales (quantum to cosmological) of measurements. Additionally some psychological principles of form perception will be introduced to have a more integrated view on the mind-matter-sense relationship.
Course Sessions and Topics
This course is divided into ten, one-hour Lectures.
Week 1 | The Four Aspects of Phenomenal Knowledge.
Week 2 | The Mechanism of Seeing.
Week 3 | Introduction to Classical Mechanics.
Week 4 | Introduction to Classical theory of Electromagnetism, Heat and Gravity.
Week 5 | The Structure of an Atom.
Week 6 | Waves Versus Particles
Week 7 | Mind Digs Matter but Matter Escapes Mind.
Week 8 | Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry.
Week 9 | Theory of Relativity.
Week 10 | The Reality Continuum.
Learning Outcomes for this Course
Outcome 1: To get a grasp on classical and modern models of material principles and the description of the correlations between perceptions.
Outcome 2: To be able to describe, discuss and analyze matter and mind as evolutionary principles in the space-time continuum.
Outcome 3: To be able to see space-time as the container, an evolutionary playground as well as the observer of the phenomenal world with mind-matter principle for measuring the Infinite.
Keka Chakraborty, M.S. | Computer Science, Jadavpur University, India. B.Sc. Physics Hons., Calcutta University