August 14, 2008
Take a Mindwalk

If you loved the suspense and thrill-a-minute action of “My Dinner With Andre”, or you’re a Fritjof Capra fan, then you probably already know about the wonderful movie “Mindwalk”. If not, perhaps you’ve heard of the book The Tao of Physics. Capra described his motivation for writing the book this way:

Physicists do not need mysticism, and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both.

Ideas this all-encompassing are never bereft of controversy. Capra has been dissed by some physicists, but encouraged by others. He said:

I had several discussions with Heisenberg. I lived in England then [circa 1972], and I visited him several times in Munich and showed him the whole manuscript chapter by chapter. He was very interested and very open, and he told me something that I think is not known publicly because he never published it. He said that he was well aware of these parallels. While he was working on quantum theory he went to India to lecture and was a guest of Tagore. He talked a lot with Tagore about Indian philosophy. Heisenberg told me that these talks had helped him a lot with his work in physics, because they showed him that all these new ideas in quantum physics were in fact not all that crazy. He realized there was, in fact, a whole culture that subscribed to very similar ideas. Heisenberg said that this was a great help for him. Niels Bohr had a similar experience when he went to China.

Commenters at YouTube were unable to find “Mindwalk” from Netflix, so they were happy to find the full movie there. It stars Liv Ullman as the physicist, John Heard as the poet, and Sam Waterston as the politician, with music contributed by Philip Glass.


Posted by Chuck Dupree at August 14, 2008 06:56 AM
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Thanks, Chuck, for bringing all this together in a nutshell.

Posted by: Peter on August 14, 2008 8:38 AM

The deep understanding of physics in the Hindu scriptures is compelling evidence of a previous scientific age. We aren't the first generation to have experienced nuclear war.

Posted by: Michael on August 18, 2008 1:15 AM

Really, this was a wonderful movie, Chuck. Thanks so much.

Posted by: Michael on August 18, 2008 3:16 AM

I love this movie; have watched it about 12 times since I bought the DVD.

I've given this DVD as a gift, but the last time I went to to buy it, they were charging over $100 for a few copies.

I wish it were on the shelves of all major department stores at a reasonable price - it is extraordinary!

Posted by: Diane on August 20, 2008 1:19 PM
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