Book Section: CHAPTER 1 — Quantum Society Roundtable: Prior Studies Relevant to this Work — by Mohammad H. Tamdgidi




This is the first chapter of the first volume of the series, Liberating Sociology: From Newtonian to Quantum Imaginations, subtitled Unriddling the Quantum Enigma, by Mohammad H. Tamdgidi. The chapter is titled, “Quantum Society Roundtable: Prior Studies Relevant to this Work.” In this chapter, having appreciatively commented on the contributions by David Bohm to quantum scientific study of human mind and society, Tamdgidi introduces several contemporary scholars whose works have engaged with the social implications of quantum science findings and as such served as inspiration and guide to his inquiry, and to whose work he wishes to contribute in this volume. These scholars include Danah Zohar, Alexander Wendt, Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, Amit Goswami, Jim Al-Khalili, Neil Turok, and Basarab Nicolescu. By drawing on the works of these scholars, Tamdgidi’s purpose in this chapter is to argue that our interpretations of the so-called quantum enigma are not things we can readily set aside and go on with exploring what quantum science findings have in store for the social sciences and the humanities. The interpretations are aspects of an elephant in the room we must confront and deal with before we can firmly conclude whether and how relativistic and quantum sciences have any implications for understanding human life and society. The fact that Tamdgidi has been drawn to these works does not mean there are no others who can be similarly inspiring and helpful in educating their readers about the achievements and enigmas of quantum science.

Recommended Citation

Tamdgidi, Mohammad H. 2020. “CHAPTER 1 — Quantum Society Roundtable: Prior Studies Relevant to this Work.” Pp. 43-102 in Liberating Sociology: From Newtonian Toward Quantum Imaginations: Volume 1: Unriddling the Quantum Enigma. (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Vol. XIII, Issue 1, 2020.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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