NEW PARADIGM SCIENCE
New Paradigm Science is the core domain of the Laszlo Institute. It is dedicated to exploring integral, transdisciplinary, and what we call “holotropic” (coherence and wholeness oriented) explanatory frameworks of phenomena and events. Explorations in New Paradigm Science invite both theoretical analyses relating to the principles and constructs of emerging epistemological considerations, as well as presentation of explorations and practical applications that foster new perspectives on ontological engagements.
QUANTUM PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY
The sub-domain of Quantum Physics and Quantum Biology explores the phenomenon of entanglement and mutual cuasality in the physical and life sciences.
The change of paradigm brought about by exploration of the quantum domain has pushed the edges of the paradigm of originally framed as quantum mechanics. The sub-domain of Field-Based Physics explores both the mounting experimental evidence for the dematerialization the world while also formulating novel theoretical frameworks that account for the observed dynamics of consonance.
Current Research Projects
Extending Quantum-like framework of decision making to group decision making, organization behaviors, or social networking.
By Dr. Sudip Patra
1. Extending Quantum-like framework of decision making to group decision making, organization behaviors, or social networking. In this area objective would be to continue ongoing collaborations, and align them to the overall values and objectives of new paradigm research at the institute.
2. Developing on relations between complex adaptive systems and quantum-like framework, for example in complexity economics it has been observed that deep uncertainty in economy plays a fundamental role in evolution of economies, but quantum-like framework might provide a concrete language of describing such ontological uncertainty.
3. Developing frameworks or models for policy decision making based on quantum-like approaches for decision making. Here the objective would be to continue on current projects, for example with existing PhD scholars whom I am mentoring. Collaborating with the Laszlo Institute would help significantly since we would be able to team up with policy thinkers in this regard. Currently one-project deals with developing a human-AI algorithm based on quantum-like approach (with one of my PhD students).
4. Developing further on the Quantum foundations works with other Scientists, but also to develop holistic philosophical thinking that would align quantum science with complex adaptive world we are inheriting. For example, a frontier research objective in foundations is quantum and chaos. Relational quantum theory is another frontier field opening up. What such new frameworks may offer for worldviews in this age of information and complexity?
Dr Sudip Patra
Updates: Feb, 2023
“Currently I am involved in three main directions of research. I have provided below highlights from my latest publications.”
1. Quantum foundations: there has been a vast and deep literature on how possibly the so-called classical world, with definite results, might have emerged from an inherent quantum world of ontological indefiniteness. De-coherence theory and the more modern version of quantum Darwinism has been one more highlighted stream of work. However, de-coherence theory does not solve in literal sense, the notorious measurement problem in quantum mechanics, also the exact process of emergence of a specific basis in which measurement is possible, is still less understood. Hence, with Stuart Kauffman (Stuart Kauffman – Wikipedia) I have proposed an ontological framework of emergence of classical world from inherently quantum world, based on quantum-Zeno dynamics and its trade-off with atmospheric de-coherence, we propose some testable experiments. The full text can be accessed here: Entropy | Free Full-Text | A Testable Theory for the Emergence of the Classical World (mdpi.com).
Role of mind has been underplayed, or at best thought as to be an epiphenomenon, in the course of modern science. Very recently though the possibility of mind-matter interaction, or the possible relations between quantum physics and consciousness, is again revisited. Earlier since von Neumann and Eugene Wigner, there were speculations on whether consciousness might have any role to resolve measurement problem in quantum mechanics. Very recently in cognitive experiments, it has been demonstrated that mental states can violate, and even surpass Tsirelson non-locality bound of quantum mechanics. Does that imply that mind can be outside physical space-time? Is non-locality fundamental? With Stuart Kauffman I explore these pressing issues in this working paper: OSF Preprints | Human Cognition Surpasses the Nonlocality Tsirelson Bound: Is Mind Outside of Spacetime?
Is reality quantum-like? This question is an alternative exploration to different dualists and monists views of nature. Principle of Contextuality-complementarity, Uncertainty and Non-locality seems to be fundamental and general. With Menas Kafatos (Menas Kafatos – Wikipedia) I am exploring a new framework of reality or works are soon to be published.
2. Quantum-like modelling literature in cognition or decision-making has emerged strongly. However, there are still intriguing philosophical and interpretational problems, since a full-fledged use of quantum physics for cognition might not be warranted. With Partha Ghose Partha Ghose – Wikipedia, I have proposed a more pragmatic philosophical and mathematical framework for decision-making based on Hilbert space modelling. Our works can be found here: .
3. At CEASP research centre, OP Jindal Global University, India, where I am based, I am working with PhD scholars on applying quantum-like framework (as built above) in different areas of social sciences: economics, finance and public policy decision making. At CEASP, we are eager to collaborate with scholars across countries.