Real-World Applications

Examples of how ideas from modern science are being applied in a variety of areas.

Please note that as of Fall 2020 this site has been going through a major overhaul. Parts of this area are still under construction.

EVERYDAY LIFE

What Has Quantum Mechanics Ever Done For Us? – An article in Forbes about some of the basic ways Quantum Mechanics has affected our world.

“…while it may sometimes seem like quantum physics is arcane and remote from everyday experience…in fact it is absolutely essential to modern life. Semiconductor electronics, lasers, atomic clocks, and magnetic resonance scanners all fundamentally depend on our understanding of the quantum nature of light and matter.”

The Relationship between Science and Spirituality – An essay by Fritjof Capra, author of “The Tao of Physics.”

“The extensive explorations of the relationships between science and spirituality over the past four decades have made it evident that the sense of oneness, which is the key characteristic of spiritual experience, is fully confirmed by the understanding of reality in contemporary science. Hence, there are numerous similarities between the worldviews of mystics and spiritual teachers – both Eastern and Western – and the systemic conception of nature that is now being developed in several scientific disciplines.” – Fritjof Capra

The Network for Creative Change – A web site created by a group of Nova Scotians that draws on new science concepts.

We share a common concern that many of the problems in the world today are the result of the scientific mechanistic reductionist way of thinking and viewing the world which has existed for several centuries and is just beginning to change. We believe that the solutions at this period in history must be “systemic” in nature and based on a “systemic” world view. Perhaps you agree. In any event we hope you will find this website challenging, full of new ideas and ways of doing things differently , and useful. We also hope that you will enjoy yourselves and come back many times to further explore. – NCC

The World As I See It – An excerpt from Albert Einstein’s book of the same name.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.” – Einstein

The Berkana Institute – Drawing on principles from the new science, Berkana “…is an expanding community of people earnestly engaged in creating a more humane and sustainable future by focusing their thought and practice on the nature of life.” Be sure to check out the articles in the Resources section.

Monty Roberts – “About Join-Up” – A look at Monty Roberts’ approach to training horses. Instead of trying to break and control them, Roberts has developed a positive way for trainers to work with horses.

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

Quantum Organizations – Subtitled “A New Paradigm for Achieving Organizational Success and Personal Meaning,” this Adobe Acrobat slideshow offers an exploration of the differences between Newtonian and Quantum organizations. (Adobe Acrobat reader required.)

Simple, Yet Complex  A great article in CIO Enterprise Magazine that discusses the use of complexity theory to help managers improve the way they lead organizations.

The Chaos ThinkSite – “…an electronic platform dedicated to replacing the archaic and limiting managerial mindset framed during the scientific enlightenment of the 17th century with Chaos, the immensely powerful new world view emerging from the discoveries of modern science.”

Complexity Theory and Management Practice – Explores the claimed implications of complexity theory for management, and examines their validity.

WWW and The Demise of The Clockwork Universe – Using the context of software development, this site discusses the shortcomings of the classical scientific world view, and draws on principles from such new scientific fields as chaos and complexity to provide a framework for constructing adaptive, evolutionary information systems.

ECONOMICS

Modeling Markets – An examination of how markets function, drawing on principles from complexity science, from an article for the Santa Fe Institute.

Making Markets Work for Sustainability – Noting that economic expansion all too often leads to environmental degradation, this article discusses policies and programs that aim to develop an economy that coexists in harmony with the environment.

GOVERNMENT

Making Ends Meet in Washington State – While not mentioning quantum principles per se, this article describes the new, bottom-up approach to budgeting taken by Washington State. This process was implemented with the help of the consulting firm Public Strategies Group, which is promoting other bottom-up government solutions as well.

The Big Idea – An article by Robert Wright that draws on the historic trend of increasing interdependence among peoples of the world. He argues that the “interdependence paradigm” offers “…the most concise guide for policy development in a post-9/11 world.”

Complexity, Global Politics, and National Security – The proceedings of a 2-day symposium sponsored by The National Defense University and the RAND Corporation in November 1996. Particularly interesting is Command and (Out of) Control: The Military Implications of Complexity Theory.

The Real Military Revolution – An article from the US Army War College Quarterly that explores the implications of the “digitization of the battlefield,” where the soldiers on the front line will have has much information as their commanders.

Clausewitz and Complexity – A web site that explores the congruence between the world-view of the famous military thinker Carl von Clausewitz “…and that of modern nonlinear science and of Complexity theorists.”

War Against Information-Age Terrorism – A brief discussion (in the context of the Kashmir conflict) of how the traditional Newtonian paradigm is insufficient for dealing with modern-day terrorism. (Unfortunately, its graphics appear to be missing.)

Evolving Public Agency Beliefs and Behaviors Toward Ecosystem-Based Stewardship – Part of a paper that discusses the shift from a Newtonian, mechanical world view to a Quantum, organic one, and its implications for forestry. For a fuller sense of this shift in practice, see also: Toward a Scientific and Social Framework for Ecologically Based Stewardship of Federal Lands and Waters.

Urbanism and Architectures of the Quantum Paradigm – Drawing ideas from quantum theory, architect Ayssar Arida has developed the concept of Quantum Urban Design to help us understand how truly vibrant cities are created. See also an article by Kristel Halter titled “We built this city…with quantum mechanics.”

About New Urbanism – An introduction to a movement that takes a holistic approach to urban planning.

Televote: Expanding Citizen Participation in the Quantum Age – This book, written by political scientist Christa Slaton, was reviewed by Scott London.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Alcohol Education Project – Focused on the social context of individual behavior, this innovative program at Hobart & William Smith Colleges strives to counter alcohol and drug abuse by dispelling misperceptions about peer behavior. Also discussed in an article published by the American Sociological Association.

Common Ground Community – An innovative organization based in midtown Manhattan that is taking an holistic approach to dealing with homelessness and joblessness. Also described in an article by BBC News.

Corporation for Supportive Housing – A national organization that “…strengthens, supports and advances the work of organizations that provide a home and a link to healthy community life for the most marginalized Americans…”

TECHNOLOGY

Schrodinger’s Machines – A book written by Gerard Milburn, which discusses current and future technologies that are based on quantum physics.

The Centre for Quantum Computation – “…based at the University of Oxford, conducts theoretical and experimental research into all aspects of quantum information processing and into the implications of the quantum theory of computation for physics itself.”

HEALTH & MEDICINE

Complexity and Chaos In Nursing – A journal focused on using the paradigms of chaos and complexity to develop new concepts and theories for the field of nursing.

The Program in Integrative Medicine – Located at the University of Arizona, this program draws on new paradigms in quantum science and holistic interconnectedness to develop a new approach to health care and physician training.

Frontier Science: an Interview with Beverly Rubik, Ph.D. – Dr. Rubik, a biophysicist, discusses the limitations of the mechanistic world view underlying conventional medicine and the emerging research that may constitute the basis of a more inclusive paradigm.

ARTS & EXPRESSION

“Architecture in the New Paradigm”: a Response to Charles Jencks’ “The New Paradigm in Architecture” – A provocative article that talks about how modern scientific theory has led to a new paradigm in architecture.

The Declaration of an Independent Internet – An example of organization from the bottom up, this declaration states “…that the Internet is and of Right ought to be self-regulated with parental control and free from governmental censorship.”

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