In this presentation we will take as our departure point the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle and wisdom book, in order to explore first the notion of time underlying its philosophy and its use, a notion that has been called by C.G. Jung synchronicity. Then we will consider the notion of time in a wider perspective, as it appears in myth, mysticism, philosophical speculation and, last but not least, in modern science. We will find that a thread running through all these various dimensions is the opposition/complementarity of two radically different approaches to time that we could describe as time and timelessness, orbeingand becoming.
Dr. Shantena Augusto Sabbadini (www.shantena.com) worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of Milan and at the University of California. In Milan he researched the foundations of quantum physics. In California he contributed to the first identification of a black hole. In the 1990s he was scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation (www.eranosfoundation.org). In that context he studied Chinese classics and produced various translations and commentaries in Italian and English. He is director of the Pari Center for New Learning (www.parinetworks.org). His latest book, Pilgrimages to Emptiness: Rethinking Reality through Quantum Physicsis available on Amazon.