In Context #18 (Fall, 2007, pp. 3-5); copyright 2007 by The Nature Institute
Toward a Participative Science
Arthur Zajonc is professor of physics at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1978. He has been visiting professor and research scientist at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, and a Fulbright professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. His research has included studies in parity violation in atoms, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between sciences, the humanities, and meditation. He is author of Catching the Light, co-author of The Quantum Challenge, and co-editor of Goethe's Way of Science. Since 1997 he has served as scientific coordinator for the dialogue with H.H. the Dalai Lama, whose meetings have been published as The New Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama (Oxford 2004) and The Dalai Lama at MIT (Harvard UP, 2006). He is co-founder of the Barfield School of Graduate Studies of Sunbridge College, and he currently directs the Academic Program of the Center for Contemplative Mind which supports appropriate inclusion of contemplative practice in higher education. He sits on The Nature Institute's Advisory Board.
The following remarks, slightly edited here, are taken from a 2003 interview with Arthur conducted by Dr. Otto Scharmer of MIT's Sloan School of Manageme