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The Nature of Reality - A Buddhist Scholar and a Theoretical Physicist

Alan Wallace, Sean Carroll, and Marcelo Gleiser | 1:22:09


So let me introduce our speakers. On my right here I have Alan Wallace, who is an expert in Tibetan Buddhism, having been ordained as a monk by the Dalai Lama himself after studying for about 14 years. His many books discussed Eastern Western scientific, philosophical and contemplative modes of inquiry, often focusing on relationships between the sciences and Buddhism. He is the founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for consciousness studies.

And he's very active both all over the world. He just told me that he spends three months a year only in Santa Barbara the rest of the time traveling around, and he promotes all sorts of different workshops in places from Santa Barbara to Tuscany and beyond. He has a bachelor's degree in physics from Amherst College, and he has a PhD in religious studies from Stanford. So he's very much a person to listen to, when we want to understand relationships between the sciences, and spirituality, and particularly from the Buddhist tradition. So welcome, Alan.

Sean Carroll is an old friend. I've known him for many, many years where we both had a lot of hair. So he's a world renowned theoretical physicist. And he specializes in cosmology in something called quantum field theory, which you can ask him what it is afterwards, and general relativity. And he is currently a research professor at Caltech. He has written many, many articles and essays for nature for the New York Times when you're scientists, etc. And he authored three popular science books, including the last one latest not last, hopefully, the big picture which is, which became a New York Times bestseller.

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