Presentation @ “Science and Nonduality” conference in California

Chris presented on “quantum cognition and visual perception” at the “Science and Nonduality” (acronymised as SAND) conference which took place in California’s Silicon Valley. SAND provides a forum where preeminent physicist, neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, artists and a large, international community gather to explore and advance the new emerging paradigm that is both grounded in cutting-edge science and consistent with the ancient philosophical wisdom of nondual schools of thought (e.g., Advaita Vedānta, Mahāyāna Buddhism) — the deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all life.

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Indras net

Indra’s net is a visual metaphor that illustrates the ontological concepts of dependent origination and interpenetration (see Cook, 1977).The metaphor was presumably first reported in the Atharva Veda (c. 1000 BCE).

Verse 8.8.6. says:

Vast indeed is the tactical net of great Indra, mighty of action and tempestuous of great speed. By that net, O Indra, pounce upon all the enemies so that none of the enemies may escape the arrest and punishment.

Atharva Veda §8.8.6.

And verse 8.8.8. says:

This great world is the power net of mighty Indra, greater than the great. By that Indra-net of boundless reach, I hold all those enemies with the dark cover of vision, mind and senses.

Atharva Veda §8.8.8.

“Imagine a multidimensional spider’s web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image.”
~ Alan Watts

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Was ich in der Natur sehe, ist eine großartige Struktur, die wir nur sehr unvollkommen zu erfassen vermögen und die einen denkenden Menschen mit einem Gefühl der Demut erfüllen muss. Dies ist ein echt religiöses Gefühl das mit Mystizismus nichts zu schaffen hat.

Transl.: What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.

~ Albert Einstein (1979, p.132)


  • Cook, F.H., 1977, Hua-yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra, University Park: Pennsylvania State University.
  • Einstein, A., Dukas, H. & Hoffmann, B. (1979). Albert Einstein, the Human Side: Glimpses from His Archives. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
  • King, M.L., Jr. (1967). A Christmas Sermon for Peace, Ebenezer Baptist Church.
  • Silberstein, M. (2017). Panentheism, neutral monism, and Advaita Vedanta. Zygon®, 52(4), 1123–1145.
  • Watts, A. (1969). Following the Middle Way. [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from on 2008-08-31