Multiplex Realism

May 20 2017
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Ash Auditorium

Multiplex Realism

When studying the strange behavior of quantum and relativistic entities, we must surrender to the evidence that our three-dimensional Euclidean space, or four-dimensional pseudo-Euclidean spacetime, are just temporary crystallizations of theaters for reality, where the macroscopic material and energetic entities can take ‘a place’ and meet with each other. According to the view of multiplex realism, different theaters can be conceived and constructed, to stage the whole of our reality. This has consequences not only for our understanding of the nature of the physical world, but also for our understanding of the phenomena underlying the manifestation of the consciousness, such as that of precognition, which would simply originate from the possibility of accessing a more abstract web of connections, beyond those that are describable in spatiotemporal terms.

Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi, PhD. graduated in physics from the University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland, in 1989. From 1990 to 1991, he was an Assistant in the Department of Theoretical Physics (DPT) of the University of Geneva (UNIGE). In 1992, he joined the Institute of Theoretical Physics (IPT) at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), as a Ph.D. candidate. He received the PhD. degree in physics from EPFL in 1995. Since 1996, he has been working in the private sector and as an independent researcher. His research activities are focused on the foundations of physics, quantum theory, and consciousness. He has written essays, popular science books, children’s stories, and has published numerous research articles in international journals, both in physics and the study of consciousness. He is a life member of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, as well as a full member of the Society for Scientific Exploration and the International Academy of Consciousness. He is currently the director of the LAB – Laboratory of Basic Self-research, and the editor of the Italian journal AutoRicerca.

Diederik Aerts received his MSc in Mathematical Physics in 1975, from Brussels Free University (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – VUB). For his doctorate he worked at the University of Geneva with Constantin Piron on the Foundations of Quantum Theory, obtaining his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1981 from VUB with Jean Reignier. In 1976 he started working as a researcher for the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (NFWO), where in 1985 he became a tenured researcher. Since 1995, he has been director of the VUB’s Center Leo Apostel  for Interdisciplinary Studies (CLEA) and in 2000 he was appointed professor at the VUB. From 1990, he has been a board member of the ‘Worldviews group’, founded by the late philosopher Leo Apostel. In 1997 he became Editor-in-Chief of the international ISI and Springer journal ‘Foundations of Science (FOS)’. He was the scientific and artistic coordinator of the ‘Einstein meets Magritte’ conference, where some of the world’s leading scientists and artists gathered to reflect about science, nature, human action and society.