The Tao of physics

Fritjof Capra is a physicist and systems theorist, founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy located since 1995 in Berkeley, California, which promotes ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education.

American born in Austria in 1939, Capra attended the University of Vienna, where he earned his PhD in theoretical physics in 1966. He conducted research in particle physics and systems theory for 20 years at the University of Paris, the University of California, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Imperial College of London and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. While at Berkeley, he was a member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, founded in 1975 by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann, which met weekly to discuss philosophy and quantum physics.

For the past few years, Fritjof Capra has been researching the work of Leonardo Da Vinci —Image Cirone Musi

He advocates that Western culture abandon conventional linear thought and the mechanistic views of Descartes. Critiquing the reductionistic Cartesian view that everything can be studied in parts to understand the whole, he encourages a holistic approach.

Capra has written popular books on the implications of science, notably The Tao of Physics, accurately subtitled ‘An exploration of the parallels between modern physics and Eastern mysticism’. The author considers that in the attempt to understand the mystery of life, the human being has followed different paths, including the scientific and the mystical. He puts forward the thesis that the concepts of modern physics lead to a vision of the world very similar to that of mystics of all ages and traditions. The purpose of the essay is to explore the relationship between such concepts, motivated by the belief that the basic themes he uses to compare physics with mysticism will be confirmed —they are being confirmed, in fact— rather than invalidated by future research.

The book asserts that both physics and metaphysics lead inexorably to the same knowledge

For Capra the two pillars of modern physics are quantum theory and relativity theory, addressed in the first part of the essay. The Eastern philosophies that he refers to in the second part are Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism.

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Contrariamente a lo que se cree y según las conclusiones del estudio, no siempre es buena idea enzarzarse en profundas deliberaciones antes de tomar una decisión. Basándose en datos contrastados en investigaciones anteriores sobre las características del pensamiento consciente e inconsciente, el equipo de psicólogos liderado por Ap Dijksterhuis testó la hipótesis de que las decisiones sencillas —como escoger con qué toalla secarse o mesa en un restaurante— efectivamente resultan mejor después de un proceso consciente, pero las decisiones sobre temas importantes, temas que nos importan realmente —como escoger una casa o cambiar de trabajo—, son mejor resueltas a través de un proceso inconsciente. Conocida como la hipótesis de la deliberación sin atención, fue confirmada en cuatro estudios posteriores: con el paso del tiempo, las decisiones tomadas sobre asuntos complejos fueron más satisfactorias para las personas que las habían tomado en ausencia de deliberación consciente, es decir, sin pensar.As everyone knows, and cast the first stone who doesn’t, the most significant decisions involve so many rational variables, that people often feel blocked and stop thinking about them. A study carried out by Dutch psychologists, published in 2006 by Science magazine, argues that it can be a good strategy because the brain’s subconscious part is able to lead us to make as or more successful decisions as the conscious one. W_subconsciente
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Opposed to what is thought and according to the study’s summary, it is not always a good idea to engage in thoughtful discussions before making a decision. Based on evidence about the characteristics of conscious and subconscious thoughts, the psychologists team lead by Ap Dijksterhuis tested the hypothesis that simple choices —like choosing a towel or a table in a restaurant— are actually better after a conscious process, but decision on important issues, that do really matter to us —like buying a house or changing jobs— are better revolved through a subconscious process. Known as the hypothesis of deliberation without attention, it was confirmed ver four different studies: over the time, decision on complex issues where more satisfying for people who had taken in the absence of conscious deliberation, without thinking." 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Empresario, escritor, economista, conferenciante internacional y consultor español. Ha vendido cerca de cinco millones de copias de sus diferentes libros, siendo algunos de ellos número uno en ventas tanto en lengua española como en otros idiomas. Asimismo, está considerado uno de los mayores expertos en psicología del liderazgo a nivel mundial. Licenciado en ciencias empresariales y MBA por ESADE, ahora dirige en esa misma escuela seminarios sobre innovación, gestión del cambio, gestión del talento, gestión de personas y pensamiento creativo para altos directivos de empresas y ONGs. Su producción literaria aborda diferentes géneros: el ensayo en obras como ‘La brújula interior’, ‘La buena vida’ o ‘La buena crisis’, la ficción empresarial en ‘El beneficio’, la novela en ‘La última respuesta’ y el relato en ‘Los siete poderes’, ‘El laberinto de la felicidad’, ‘Un corazón lleno de estrellas’ o ‘La buena suerte’, que ha sido su obra de mayor impacto internacional. Editada en 42 idiomas con un éxito sin precedentes en la literatura de no ficción española, vendió más de tres millones de copias en tan sólo dos años y recibió el premio al mejor libro del año en Japón en 2004 con la unanimidad de crítica, público y profesionales del sector editorial. Es también coordinador de una colección de la editorial Aguilar que lleva su nombre y en la que se publican ensayos, relatos y libros de empresa suyos y de otros autores. Colabora habitualmente con distintos medios de comunicación nacionales y extranjeros, como El País Semanal, La Vanguardia, TVE, TV3, Cadena Ser (con Carles Francino), Catalunya Ràdio (con Gaspar Hernández), CNN+ (con Antonio San José) o la revista japonesa de psicología Psiko. En sus colaboraciones aborda tanto cuestiones relacionadas con la innovación, la creatividad, la gestión de personas o la gestión empresarial como contenidos relacionados con la psicología, la filosofía, la antropología o la sociología.'A crisis is an opportunity for the future'. Entrepreneur, writer, economist, international lecturer and consultant. He has sold around five million copies of his various books, some of which are number one in sales both in Spanish and in other languages. He is also considered one of the foremost experts on leadership psychology worldwide. Degree in Business and MBA from ESADE, now heads in that school seminars on innovation, change management, talent management, people management and creative thinking to senior management of companies and NGOs. His literary production approaches different genres: the essay in works like 'The internal compass', 'The good life' or 'The good crisis', the corporate fiction in 'The profit', the novel in 'The ultimate answer' and the story in 'The seven powers', 'The labyrinth of happiness', 'A heart full of stars' or 'Good luck', which has been his work with a greatest international impact. Published in 42 languages ​​with unprecedented success in the Spanish literary nonfiction, sold over three million copies in just two years and received the award for best book of the year in Japan in 2004, with unanimous acceptant by critical public and publishing professionals. He is also coordinator of a Editorial Aguilar collection that bears his name and which publishes essays, stories and books of himself and others. Collaborates with several national and foreign media, like El País Semanal, La Vanguardia, TVE (Spanish public television), TV3 (Catalan public television), Cadena Ser (with Carles Francino), Catalunya Radio (with Gaspar Hernandez), CNN+ (with Antonio San Jose) or the Japanese psychology magazine Psiko. In his collaborations addresses both issues related to innovation, creativity, people management or business management and content related to psychology, philosophy, anthropology and sociology." 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Doctor por la Universidad de Londres desde 1981, fue nombrado Sir por la Reina Isabel II de Inglaterra en 2003 debido a la relevancia de su actividad en el estudio de las relaciones entre la educación y el arte. Actualmente es profesor emérito de la Universidad de Warwick, en Reino Unido. Es conocido por su labor divulgativa de ideas como la importancia de la creatividad en la educación y el desarrollo de las capacidades y talentos de los individuos para un desarrollo de sus potencialidades. El autoconocimiento y la mejora de la relación del individuo con su entorno, cómo ser activo y agente de cambio, son para el profesor vías para un mayor bienestar de las personas y del mundo en el que viven, desde su entorno más próximo hasta todo el planeta Tierra. Este vídeo, ¿Cómo eres inteligente?, ha sido creado por The Inspiration Journey a partir de un fragmento de una conferencia del profesor titulada El mundo que exploramos, que tuvo lugar en  la cumbre del Zeitgeist Americas 2012. En él, los autores nos invitan a reflexionar sobre su discurso: la importancia de la creatividad y de la inteligencia, no en su cantidad si no en cómo la usamos, y el papel clave que tiene ese modo de usarla en nuestro bienestar y en el de nuestro entorno. También, cómo el camino para encontrar un auténtico equilibrio entre las dos partes del todo —nuestro mundo interior, quiénes somos y el planeta que habitamos y compartimos— reside en la educación.Ken Robinson is a British educator, writer and speaker, expert in matters related to creativity, quality of education, innovation and human resources. Doctor at London University since 1981, he was knighted by Queen Isabel II of England in 2003, for the relevance of his activities in the study of the relationship between education and art. Currently he is an emeritus professor at Warwick University, United Kingdom. He is known for his revealing work on ideas such as the importance of creativity in education and the development of an individual's capacities and talents for a better development of his or her potential. Self knowledge and the improvement of the relationship between the individual and his or her environment, like being active and  agent  of change, are for the professor ways to a improve the welfare of the individuals  and the world they live in, from the most immediate environment to the whole planet Earth. This video, How are you intelligent?, has been created by The Inspiration Journey from a fragment of a Ken Robinson's speech named The world we explore that took place at the summit of Zeitgeist Americas 2012. The authors invite us to think about his talk: the importance of creativity and intelligence, not in its quantity but in how we use it, and the key role that it plays in our welfare and our environment. 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