Wednesday, 24 October 2012

GS Discussion - Week 6: A Quantum View of Reality

This week's discussion is dedicated to the new quantum view of reality: a view that is initiating nothing less than a shift in paradigm. I find this new reality (which quantum mechanics has discovered) extremely fascinating - and it's implications for us and for our way of defining ourselves - just mind-boggling....

Please check out the following links and let the rest of us know what you think about this amazing topic!

Thank you very much! 

Here the links: 

Historical Introduction to Quantum Mechanics  (6 min)

Quantum Mechanics Explained  - with Brian Greene (50 min) 

The Rabbit Hole: Beyond the Matrix (with Deepak Chopra):

Deepak Chopra: a Definition of Consciousness (based on Insights from Quantum Mechanics and Spiritual Traditions) 

Some very short clips (approx. 3 to 6 minutes each):

a) Deepak Chopra: Quantum Physics and Consciousness

b) Amit Goswami: Quantum Creativity

c) Nick Herbert: Consciousnessa and Quantum Reality

Michio Kaku: the Quantum Revolution (6 parts - about 10 min each):

Movie: What the Bleep Do We Know?: Down the Rabbit Hole

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Topic 5: Dialogue in a Multicultural World

Those of you who got a chance to go to the UN Pathway Video Conference on Tuesday, Oct 9th, and to listen to Jean-Christophe Bas's "Promoting Dialogue and Understanding Among Cultures" probably found the talk as well as the following discussion as exciting and stimulating as I did.

Those of you who couldn't make it don't need to despair: the talk has now been uploaded and can be watched on line. Here the link:

I would like to invite you all to listen to the talk (again) and to reflect on this important topic  a bit more. As always, please feel free to add not just your personal ideas but also experiences you may have had and suggestions for improving the current situation.

Thank you!


GS Discussion - Week 5: Cultural Event #1

Since the majority of you wanted to go to Science World or the Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as to the International Film Festival, I thought I find a way to give you all these options - as well as two more!

Option (a)

Visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday, Oct 12th, afternoon. 

Option (b)

Visit to Science World on either Saturday, Oct 13th, or Sunday, Oct 14th.
More information:

Option (c)

Attendance of the Vancouver International Film Festival, Sept 26th to Oct 18th

Option (d)

Visit to the International Writers Festival, Oct 16th to 22nd

Option (e)

Attendance of the Vancouver Seed Event on Sat, Oct. 13th. 

For more information about cultural events in Vancouver, just click on the following link:

Please tell us about your experience of the event of your choice!

Thank you,


Topic 4: Discrimination and Exploitation - and Ways to Counteract It

Humans have exploited and discriminated against those they considered "other" throughout history and caused a lot of suffering  in the process.

I would like to invite you to look at the artificial dichotomy between in-group and out-group - or "us" vs. "them" - that is at the heart of discrimination a bit more critically and to think of strategies that can help counteract all forms of discrimination (against race gender, religion, economic status, education, sexual orientation, species, physical attributes, etc) in the future.

Thank you!


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Topic 3: Our Responsibility as World Citizens: Creating World Peace!

Sadly, the world is still full of conflicts on basically every level of life. Please identify areas of conflict from your personal experience - including historical and political knowledge you have acquired as well as experience you may have gained from watching documentaries and movies as well as from reading articles and books. Then try to analyze these conflicts and try to find out what may have caused them. Finally, and most importantly, come up with a way (or ways) to solve these conflicts in the future. Ideally you will find solution(s) that can help bring about yourself through your engagement and action!

Thank you in advance for making this world a more peaceful place!


Topic 2: The Interconnectedness of Our World

No matter whether you look at the natural world (e.g. the weather, climate change, the loss of species, the effects of pollution) or the  human-made world (economics, politics, sports, arts, fashion, etc), nobody can deny the fact anymore that everything is interconnected.

Please think about this global interconnected first in a more general sense. Then choose one area that you find particularly interesting and discuss the interconnectedness that you can find.

Feel free to add texts, images, audio recordings, video clips, and/or relevant links that illustrate this topic.

Thank you!