Sharing From the Heart is a monthly initiative where young people from China and the United States come together around the pressing ecological, cultural, and spiritual issues of our time. Through sharing thoughts, personal stories, and actions in local settings, Chinese and American youth will begin building cross-cultural bonds to support a vision of a new, ecological civilization.
In this event, Céleste M.E. Hogan will share their ideas about the holistic connections between fundamental physics (both quantum and cosmic), philosophy, and consciousness, and the consequent urgent need for a planetary eco-social revolution. The story of the universe, from the “Big Bang”, 13.8 billion years ago, until now, is a story of unity and diversity, of evolution and complexification, of process and reality. Modern cosmology is also coming to the realization, however, that the “Bing Bang” was not the beginning, and that there are levels of reality beyond space and time, energy and matter – everything, at every level of reality, is connected in a holistic, rhizomic, trans-spatiotemporal relational network of processes, which continue to complexify and emerge into ever more amazing, unique, and beautiful forms. This includes everything from fundamental particles to cells to societies and even whole planetary civilizations. It is now imperative that we become aware of, and begin to live in greater harmony with, these emergent, self-organizing, ecological dynamics, if we are to stave off the imminent collapse of the biosphere and the consequent collapse of human civilization.
SPEAKER: Céleste M.E. Hogan
Céleste M.E. Hogan is a Lecturer at Texas Tech University – Costa Rica in Escazú, San José, Costa Rica, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, USA. They have been teaching university-level math, physics, and philosophy for almost 20 years at a wide range of colleges and universities throughout the US and Costa Rica. Their research interests lie in the philosophical foundations of physics, including quantum gravity, quantum cosmology, quantum information theory, and the foundations of quantum mechanics, as well as in math and physics outreach, education, and JEDI. Their degrees, a B.A. from Earlham College and an M.Sc. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, are in physics, as is their doctoral work at Florida Atlantic University, which resulted in research articles on quantum geometry published in the journals Classical & Quantum Gravity and the International Journal of Modern Physics D. They have carried out research funded by NASA, the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), and other grant-making organizations.
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