Academic journal article Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

From Newtonian toward Quantum Imaginations: Volume 1: Unriddling the Quantum Enigma

Academic journal article Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

From Newtonian toward Quantum Imaginations: Volume 1: Unriddling the Quantum Enigma

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About the Author

Previous books by Mohammad H. Tamdgidi

Advancing Utopistics: The Three Component Parts and Errors of Marxism (Routledge/Paradigm, 2007)

Gurdjieff and Hypnosis: A Hermeneutic Study (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Mohammad-Hossein (a.k.a. 'Behrooz') Tamdgidi (pronounced "tamjidi") is the founder of OKCIR: Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics), and its research and teaching publication, Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge (ISSN: 1540-5699) which have served since 2002 to frame his independent research, pedagogical, and publishing initiatives. Formerly an associate professor of sociology specializing in social theory at UMass Boston, he has previously taught sociology at SUNY-Binghamton and SUNY-Oneonta.

Tamdgidi's areas of scholarly and practical interest are the sociology of self- knowledge, human architecture, and utopystics--three fields of inquiry he invented in his doctoral studies and has since pursued as respectively intertwined theoretical, methodological and applied fields of inquiry altogether contributing to what he calls the quantum sociological imagination. His research, teaching, and publications have been framed by an interest in understanding how world-historical social structures and personal selves constitute one another. This line of inquiry has itself been a result of his longstanding interest in understanding the underlying causes of failures of the world's utopian, mystical, and scientific movements in bringing about a just global society.

Tamdgidi holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology in conjunction with a graduate certificate in Middle Eastern studies from Binghamton University (SUNY). He received his B.A. in architecture from U.C. Berkeley, following enrollment as an undergraduate student of civil engineering in the Technical College of the University of Tehran, Iran. In Dec. 2013 he retired early from his tenured and promoted position at UMass Boston in order to pursue his independent scholarship in quantum sociological imagination and its application in Khayyami studies through the conduit of his research center, OKCIR.


Albert Einstein, whose humble genius still unriddles his blunders

"With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon" (Dec. 24, 1919)--Albert Einstein

   Happy at heart is he who was never renowned,
   Did not himself with frocks, wool cloaks, or drapes surround,
   Phoenix-like flew to the peak empyrean sphere,
   Unlike owl flew not in this world's ruins aground.

--Omar Khayyam (Tamdgidi translation)

In celebration of the imminent millennium of the birth of Omar Khayyam, the author of the Robaiyat

In seeking an integrated theory, the intellect cannot rest contentedly with the assumption that there are two distinct fields, totally independent of each other by their nature.

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.

--Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

... atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.

--Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976)

I don't like it, and I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it.

--Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961)

I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.

--Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it.

--John A. Wheeler (1911-2008)

Quantum mechanics makes absolutely no sense.

---Roger Penrose (1931-)

Niels Bohr brainwashed a whole generation of theorists into thinking that the job of interpreting quantum theory was done 50 years ago.

--Murray Gell-Mann (1929-2019)

One is amazed to see how different the world looks when it is no longer viewed through Cartesian spectacles. …

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