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About Menas Kafatos


““The answers offered in this book are not our invention or eccentric flights of fancy. All of us live in a participatory universe. Once you decide that you want to participate fully with mind, body, and soul, the paradigm shift becomes personal. The reality you inhabit will be yours either to embrace or to change..” 


Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D. (M.I.T.), is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics and Director of the ECHO Institute, Chapman University, Orange, California. He has authored more than 340 refereed publications, and edited/co-authored more than twenty books including NY Times Bestseller You Are the Universe with Deepak Chopra. He is a member of several international academies of science, with research in astrophysics, quantum mechanics, philosophy and consciousness.

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Institute for ECHO

The Institute for Earth, Computing, Human and Observing (Institute for ECHO) of Chapman University is an interdisciplinary research unit reporting to the Provost that covers several areas as its name implies. Amongst them is the Earth and its many systems including humans viewed as living systems in specific activities. Focused scientific areas include natural hazards such as wildfires, severe weather, floods, air pollution, and earthquakes; the changing Earth’s climate and impacts on agriculture, economic factors, the atmosphere, and the oceans. Areas of excellence also include central aspects of modern physics involving humans, such as quantum mechanics and the role of the mind, brain science, observations of the universe, in which the planet Earth, the Sun, humans, and all life are found and the structure of space-time. ECHO scientists use state-of-the-art regional climate modeling, Earth observations, advanced data analysis, machine and deep learning, and spatial analysis to study some of these different environments. Aspects of neuroscience as well as cognition and the role of the mind in structuring reality are interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary topics of interest to ECHO. Specific to quantum mechanics and cognition, the interplay of the mind of the participating observer revealing quantum principles and how the observer is tied to the observed system, form foundational philosophical inquires. Echoes of existence cover so many fundamental aspects of reality from quantum wave functions to echoes of the Earth itself as a living system of systems. The multitude areas of research among ECHO faculty, affiliated faculty, postdoctoral fellows, international collaborators and students reflect both the interdisciplinary nature of ECHO and transdisciplinary links over many scales and areas that are natural to an Institute of the caliber of ECHO.

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