Jeffrey Grupp

Free Flow Lecture - Atomic Buddhism: Quantum Energy and the Nonexistence of Matter

April 19, 2006, 12:00 pm   » 

Jeffrey Grupp is an adjunct professor at Indiana University Northwest (a satellite campus of Indiana University in Gary, Indiana). He is also a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Purdue University, specializing in Buddhism, philosophy of physics, and radical empiricism. Professor Grupp has published nearly a dozen articles in top refereed philosophy journals on Buddhism, interpretations of physics, the philosophy of time, and many attacks on current issues in metaphysics. His research website is Jeffrey has taught many classes in philosophy, and next year, for the first time, he will teach upper-level Buddhist philosophy at Indiana University Northwest. His primary research on quantum mechanics and Buddhism comes from his original, then non-academic, interest in Buddhism that arose from a period of hardship in his life from 1992-1994. Carrying out both his Buddhist practice and his academic work on Buddhism and physics is now his primary life objective. Recently, this led to the publication of three articles that build on his research in Buddhism, philosophy of physics, and radical empiricism, and which substantially further develop the quantum theory of Buddhist atomism that was developed in middle and later pre-Classical India, and which also aligns the theory of atomism with contemporary empirical quantum mechanics. These articles are:

1. "Mereological Nihilism: Quantum Atomism and the Impossibility of Material Constitution," which will be published later this year in the journal Axiomathes,
2. "Blob Theory: There Are No N-Adic Properties," which will be published in the philosophy journal Sorites.
3. "The R-theory of Time, or Replacement Presentism: The Buddhist Philosophy of Time," which was published last year in India in The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies (

Each of these articles contains original research put forth by what Jeffrey calls abstract atomism, which is an interpretation of quantum mechanics, and which is a further clarification on Buddhist quantum particle theory that was developed in the aforementioned era in India. These publications contain a number of novel philosophical arguments that may reveal that the correct interpretation of quantum mechanics was actually discovered during that era in India. Unlike the currently popular interpretations of quantum mechanics, abstract atomism is an anti-metaphysical interpretation that does not involve quantum paradoxes. Abstract atomism is a further development in Buddhism atomism, which is revealed in research in quantum physics and nirvanic empiricism.

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