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Quantum Physics, Process Philosophy, and Matters of Religious Concern

September 28-October 2, 2005
Claremont School of Theology
Claremont, CA 91711

This conference, organized by the Center for Process Studies, was held at the Claremont School of Theology, September 28 to October 2, 2005. 

The purposes of the conference are (1) to explore the extent to which the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead can be employed to interpret the findings of quantum physics in a way that is intuitively intelligible and religiously helpful; (2) to explore the relation between the ontological interpretation suggested by Whiteheads philosophy and that developed by David Bohm and B. J. Hiley; and (3) to share the results of these explorations with the public.

This sharing of results takes place in four ways: (a) lectures by participants intended for laypeople as well as fellow participants; (b) discussions among the participants carried on in front of the audience; (c) times for audience participation; and (d) a book resulting from the conference.

The religious themes of the conference include: (1) the religious importance of having a realistic (ontological) interpretation of quantum physics; (2) the relation between quantum indeterminacy and human freedom; (3) the more general relation between quantum events?and the mind-body problem; (4) the question of whether quantum nonlocality?is relevant to a spiritual interpretation of the universe; (5) the relevance of quantum physics for the question of cosmic purpose; and (6) the relevance of quantum physics for the problem of evil.  

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Reginald Cahill 

David Ray Griffin

Shimon Malin 

Michael Epperson 

Daniel Athearn 

B. J. Hiley