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David Scharf

David Scharf
David Scharf
  • Professor of Physics

Dr. Scharf is a physicist and philosopher of physics, having taught philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Rochester and mathematics and physics at Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Maharishi University of Management. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 from Johns Hopkins. His current research has to do with consciousness and quantum field theory and especially the nature of time in great literature and in advanced physics.

Educational Credentials

  • Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., 1986 Philosophy of Physics
  • University of Maryland B.A., 1977 magna cum laude Philosophy

University and Corporate Teaching Experience

  • Northeastern University (Dept. of Physics, 2010—2011; Adjunct Professor of Physics)
    Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Oscillations and Waves; Electricity and Magnetism
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology (Dept. of Mathematics, 2010—2011; Adjunct Professor of Mathematics)
    College Math, Precalculus, Calculus
  • Maharishi University of Management (Departments of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Maharishi Vedic Science, 1987-1992 and 2005-2009; Associate Professor).
    • Physics: Physics and Cosmology; Electromagnetism; Harmonics, Waves and Optics; Modern Physics; Quantum Mechanics I,II and III (including time-dependent perturbation theory); as well as the non-technical courses which I developed, “The Evolution of Physics: from Einstein to Maharishi” and “Quantum Neuroscience.”
    • Mathematics: Calculus; Linear Algebra; Differential Equations; Discrete Mathematics.
    • Computer Science: Programming I & II; Computer Graphics; Numerical Analysis.
    • Maharishi Vedic Science: Philosophy of Science; EEG, Brain, and Enlightenment; Constitution of the Universe.

As MUM Liaison to the World Association for Vedic Studies I was principal organizer for the Eleventh Annual WAVES Conference held at MUM in 2014.

  • Collins Avionics/Boeing Consulting engineer (1993-1994), developed systems monitoring software for the Boeing 777. Taught advanced C programming to Collins engineers (1995).
  • University of Rochester (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1983-1984). Philosophy of Physics, Epistemology, Recent and Contemporary Philosophy, Foundations of Quantum Physics; Organizer for The Joint Colloquium Series in the Foundations of Physics (sponsored by the Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy departments).
  • Johns Hopkins University (Instructor of Philosophy, 1979-1982). Mathematical Logic, Philosophy of Science.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Proceedings for the Eleventh International Conference for the World Association of Vedic Studies (forthcoming), coeditor with Patricia Saunders and BVK Sastry
  • “Lamp at the Door: An essay on Brahman and Brahman Consciousness” (forthcoming), co-authored with Candace Badgett, in Proceedings for the Eleventh International Conference for the World Association of Vedic Studies (2014)
  • “Two Dogmas of Materialism,” Presented at the Society for Scientific Exploration conference (2013) and the Parapsychological Association convention (2014)
  • “On the Immortality of the Soul: Yama’s Reply to Nachiketas from the Perspective of Maharishi’s Vedic Science—Toward a quantum field theory of the psychic field. Presented at the World Association for Vedic Science conference at MUM (2014)
  • “Why Jaegwon Kim’s Physicalism is Not Near Enough: An Implicit Argument for a Non-Cartesian Interactionism (Parts I and II),” (Neuroquantology 2010; 8(3):337—353 and 8(4): 614—625)
  • “Pseudoscience and Victor Stenger’s Quantum Gods: Mistaken, Misinformed and Misleading,” (Neuroquantology 2010; 8(1):77-100.)
  • “Neural Correlates and Advanced Physics,” Presented at the Quantum Mind conference in Salzburg, Austria (2007)
  • “A New Angle on the Neural Correlates of Consciousness,” Presented at the Tucson conference: Toward a Science of Consciousness (2006)
  • “Maharishi Vedic Science and Technology: The Solution to Fundamental Epistemological Issues at the Basis of Modern Scientific Thought,” Infinity Foundation, infinityfoundation.com/mandala/i_es/i_es_schar_science_frameset.htm (2003)
  • “Quantum Measurement and the Program for the Unity of Science,” Philosophy of Science 56:601-623 (1989)