19/04/2021

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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Esta reflexión le sirvió para confirmar y terminar de desarrollar la logoterapia, una psicoterapia que propone que la voluntad de sentido es la motivación primaria del ser humano y que es considerada la tercera escuela vienesa de psicología, después del psicoanálisis de Freud y de la psicología individual de Adler. Siendo muy joven, Frankl había mantenido relación epistolar con Freud, quien le publicó algunos de sus escritos, pero muy pronto abandonó la escuela psicoanalítica y se orientó hacia la psicología individual de Adler, que también terminaría abandonando por diferencias doctrinales. Publicó más de 30 libros, traducidos a numerosos idiomas, impartió cursos y conferencias por todo el mundo y recibió 29 doctorados honoris causa por varias universidades, entre ellos uno de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín de Guatemala, institución que también le honró con la clínica de psicología que lleva su nombre. En esta entrevista explica su visión sobre las relaciones entre conceptos como libertad, circunstancias, responsabilidad o actitud.Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist. He survived from 1942 to 1945 in several Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Dachau, and from that experience he wrote the book 'Man's search for meaning', which describes the life of the prisoner of a concentration camp from the perspective of a psychiatrist and explains that, even in the most extreme conditions of dehumanization and suffering, man can find a reason to live based on their spiritual dimension. This reflection served to confirm and finalize the development of speech therapy, psychotherapy that proposes that the will to meaning is the primary motivation of human beings and that is considered the third Viennese school of psychology after Freud's psychoanalysis and individual psychology of Adler. Being very young, Frankl had maintained correspondence with Freud, who published some of his writings, but soon abandoned the psychoanalytic school and oriented towards the individual psychology of Adler, who also end up abandoning because of doctrinal differences. He published more than 30 books, translated into many languages​​, taught courses and lectured around the world and received 29 honorary doctorates from several universities, including one from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, an institution that also honored him with the psychology clinic that bears his name. In this interview he explains his views on the relations between concepts like freedom, circumstances, responsibility or attitude." 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El experimento se repitió con 123 protagonistas diferentes y los resultados revelaron que si los compañeros acertaban la respuesta, el sujeto fallaba solamente el 1% de las veces, mientras que si optaban por la respuesta errónea de manera unánime, el sujeto se dejaba llevar por la aplastante mayoría y escogía la misma respuesta que ellos en casi un 37% de los casos, aún siendo consciente de que su elección no encajaba con la realidad que estaba observando.In order to analyze how we humans can adapt our views to the group to which we belong, the American psychologist Solomon Asch, a pioneer in social psychology, conducted in 1951 a series of experiments showing how an individual is capable of change his mind because of social pressure and, the more surprising, do it voluntarily and denying the evidence. The researchers asked some students to participate in an 'visual perception test' on you had to compare the length of a number of lines printed on a paper. All participants were in cahoots except one, and in fact the real experiment was to see his reaction to the behavior of others as a group. The experiment was repeated with 123 different protagonists and the results revealed that if the answers of his partners were correct, the subject failed only 1% of the time, whereas if they chose the wrong answer unanimously, the individual was swayed by the overwhelmingly majority in almost 37% of cases, even being aware that his choice did not fit with the reality he was watching. 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Licenciado en ciencias biológicas por la Universidad de Navarra, master en administración de empresas por la Universidad de Deusto, titulado en gestión internacional de empresas por el INSEAD Business School Europe y DEA en psicología por la Universidad de las Islas Baleares, comenzó su carrera en empresas internacionales desempeñando distintos cargos directivos y recibiendo en dos ocasiones la medalla de oro de la cámara de comercio. Posteriormente, buscando una nueva orientación profesional, estudió reducción de estrés —MBSR— en el centro médico de la Universidad de Massachusetts obteniendo el grado de profesor. Actualmente compagina la consultoría en formación corporativa con la investigación en reducción de estrés, por cuyo trabajo recibió el premio a la investigación REIDE 2005. También es autor de los libros 'Con rumbo propio' y 'Sabiduría estratégica', ambos en la Editorial Plataforma, así como de varios artículos en revistas científicas y divulgativas.'In the future the connection with oneself and with others will gain importance'. With a degree in biological sciences from the University of Navarra, master in business administration from the University of Deusto, degree in international business management from INSEAD Business School Europe and DEA in psychology from the University of the Balearic Islands, he began his career in international business playing different positions and twice received the gold medal of the chamber of commerce. Later, seeking a career change, studied stress reduction —MBSR— at the Medical Center of the University of Massachusetts to obtain the rank of teacher. Currently he combines corporate training consulting with research in stress reduction, for which he received the research award Reide 2005. He is also author of the books 'Own Going' and 'Strategic Wisdom', both in Editorial Plataforma, as well as several articles in scientific journals and informative." 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Un estudio realizado por psicólogos holandeses, publicado en la revista Science en el año 2006, sostiene que esa puede ser una buena estrategia, porque la parte subconsciente del cerebro es capaz de inducirnos a tomar decisiones tan o más acertadas que la consciente. W_subconsciente
La hipótesis de la deliberación sin atención fue confirmada en cuatro estudios posteriores —Foto A&
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
The hypothesis of deliberation without attention was confirmed in four subsequent studies —Photo A&
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