Presenter: Prof. Dean Rickles

By contrast with older views of physics, some not unreasonable new approaches to quantum mechanics, known collectively as Participatory Realism, ascribe what appear to be cosmogonical powers to those putting questions to the world. This talk will describe some of these ideas and compare them with a range of other, much older, ideas. Lurking at the heart of all of these ideas is the view that we are capable of shaping the world to a degree not commonly understood.