‘Quantum’ author to speak at OWU


January 2, 2014

An Ohio State University professor and influential author will speak at Ohio Wesleyan University this month.

Alexander Wendt, Ph.D., the Ralph D. Mershon Professor of International Security and a professor of political science at OSU, will discuss the “Quantum Mind and Social Science” at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 15 in Benes Rooms A-B inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. His free presentation is sponsored by OWU’s Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs.

“He is quite innovative in his field,” OWU spokesman Cole Hatcher told The Gazette. “We’re excited that we have access to someone that prominent.”

In 2006, Wendt’s constructivist-themed book “Social Theory of International Politics” was named best “Best Book of the Decade” by the International Studies Association. In 2011, Wendt was named the most influential scholar in his field in the past two decades by 1,400 scholars.

According to a news release, Wendt’s forthcoming book, “Quantum Mind and Social Science,” “explores the implications for social science of the possibility that consciousness is a macroscopic quantum mechanical phenomenon – in effect, that human beings are walking wave/particle dualities.”

“It is a major event in the field of political science when Alexander Wendt produces new work,” said Sean Kay, Ph.D., director of OWU’s Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs, in the release. “This lecture is one of the first public presentations of this groundbreaking material – the lecture will appeal to all in the social sciences but also to students and faculty of physics, neuroscience, psychology, languages, and philosophy.”

Hatcher said that since OWU is an undergraduate institution-only, “we know that some of our students will go on to get their masters degree at Ohio State, so we do interact with their faculty on a regular basis.”