The World of Quantum Culture

The World of Quantum Culture

The World of Quantum Culture

The World of Quantum Culture

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At the beginning of 1999, María Caro asked for our help in translating into English a manifesto that a group of her fellow artists and writers had put together. Since that moment, we became interested in the project of quantum aesthetics. With roots in both phenomenology and postmodernism, John W. Murphy had been working for years in the development of a theoretical framework for sociology and cultural studies that broke away from dualism; a dualism that had harmed Western thought, as well as other people and cultures. Manuel J. Caro joined this search a few years ago, and together we started the project whose final product you are about to read.

Quantum aesthetics represents for us a new way of approaching the world that is very compatible with our philosophical convictions, even though it has different bases. For some time, our antidualist work had been derived from the humanities and philosophy, although now we face a humanist and cultural project that is antidualist and based on physics—the epitome of science. Since quantum aesthetics is predicated on ideas that originate from the material realm of reality, as opposed to the immaterial domain (a critique that has been lodged against the humanities), any theory of culture that emanates from this theoretical framework should have the legitimacy that positive science has enjoyed. Furthermore, this project should surpass positive science for it breaks away from the untenable dualism and realism that has plagued science since the Renaissance. Indeed, the separation between the physical and immaterial world is shown to be false by quantum aesthetics: intuition and matter are integrated in an undifferentiated whole.

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