“Maybe knowledge is as fundamental, or even more fundamental than reality.” (A.Z.) The austrian quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger explains to the Dalai Lama some basics of quantum physics and some results of the last 9 years of experiments in quantum mechanics. Themes: Atomism, randomness, the phenomenon, interdependence, the role of the observer in quantum physics and buddhism (Parts 1-3). Explanation of the quantum computer (Parts 4-6). Dialogue Leaders: Anton Zeilinger and Arthur Zajonc. Questions from Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer.
Excerpt of: “Mind and Life XIV” – Dialogues on “The Universe in a Single Atom”. Day 1 Afternoon Session (April 9th, 2007)
(Held at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India)
In this video the sequences with longer translations to the Dalai Lama and the conversations in Tibetan (together about 20 minutes) are not included.
Anton Zeilinger (born on 20 May 1945 in Ried im Innkreis, Austria) is an Austrian quantum physicist. He is currently professor of physics at the University of Vienna, previously University of Innsbruck. He is also the director of the Vienna branch of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information IQOQI at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Zeilinger has been called a pioneer in the new field of quantum information and is renowned for his realization of quantum teleportation with photons (Source: Wikipedia).
In addition to being a scientific autobiography, the Dalai Lama’s book “The Universe in a Single Atom: the Convergence of Science and Spirituality” highlights those issues he feels are most important in the “convergence of science and spirituality.” These issues and questions form the focus of the Mind and Life XIV meeting, and become the foundation on which a group of scientists develop a deep dialogue with the Dalai Lama and other Buddhist scholar-practitioners.
The conference was organized by the Mind and Life Institute (www.mindandlife.org) and the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (www.dalailama.com).