Quantum Enigma

Author: Bruce Rosenblum
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199792955
Release Date: 2011-08-01
Genre: Science

In trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics, the most successful theory in science and the basis of one-third of our economy. They found, to their embarrassment, that with their theory, physics encounters consciousness. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all this in non-technical terms with help from some fanciful stories and anecdotes about the theory's developers. They present the quantum mystery honestly, emphasizing what is and what is not speculation. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed. Interpreting what it all means, however, is heatedly controversial. But every interpretation of quantum physics involves consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself--and encounter quantum mechanics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing. Readers are brought to a boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer the only sure guide. They will find, instead, the facts and hints provided by quantum mechanics and the ability to speculate for themselves. In the few decades since the Bell's theorem experiments established the existence of entanglement (Einstein's "spooky action"), interest in the foundations, and the mysteries, of quantum mechanics has accelerated. In recent years, physicists, philosophers, computer engineers, and even biologists have expanded our realization of the significance of quantum phenomena. This second edition includes such advances. The authors have also drawn on many responses from readers and instructors to improve the clarity of the book's explanations.

Quantum Enigma

Author: Bruce Rosenblum
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199744009
Release Date: 2008-06-16
Genre: Science

The most successful theory in all of science--and the basis of one third of our economy--says the strangest things about the world and about us. Can you believe that physical reality is created by our observation of it? Physicists were forced to this conclusion, the quantum enigma, by what they observed in their laboratories. Trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics and found, to their embarrassment, that their theory intimately connects consciousness with the physical world. Quantum Enigma explores what that implies and why some founders of the theory became the foremost objectors to it. Schr?dinger showed that it "absurdly" allowed a cat to be in a "superposition" simultaneously dead and alive. Einstein derided the theory's "spooky interactions." With Bell's Theorem, we now know Schr?dinger's superpositions and Einstein's spooky interactions indeed exist. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all of this in non-technical terms with help from some fanciful stories and bits about the theory's developers. They present the quantum mystery honestly, with an emphasis on what is and what is not speculation. Physics' encounter with consciousness is its skeleton in the closet. Because the authors open the closet and examine the skeleton, theirs is a controversial book. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed. Interpreting what it all means, however, is controversial. Every interpretation of quantum physics encounters consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself--and encounter quantum physics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing. Readers are brought to a boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer a sure guide. They will find, instead, the facts and hints provided by quantum mechanics and the ability to speculate for themselves.

Quantum Enigma

Author: Bruce Rosenblum
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198039093
Release Date: 2006-06-29
Genre: Science

The most successful theory in all of science--and the basis of one third of our economy--says the strangest things about the world and about us. Can you believe that physical reality is created by our observation of it? Physicists were forced to this conclusion, the quantum enigma, by what they observed in their laboratories. Trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics and found, to their embarrassment, that their theory intimately connects consciousness with the physical world. Quantum Enigma explores what that implies and why some founders of the theory became the foremost objectors to it. Schr?dinger showed that it "absurdly" allowed a cat to be in a "superposition" simultaneously dead and alive. Einstein derided the theory's "spooky interactions." With Bell's Theorem, we now know Schr?dinger's superpositions and Einstein's spooky interactions indeed exist. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all of this in non-technical terms with help from some fanciful stories and bits about the theory's developers. They present the quantum mystery honestly, with an emphasis on what is and what is not speculation. Physics' encounter with consciousness is its skeleton in the closet. Because the authors open the closet and examine the skeleton, theirs is a controversial book. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed. Interpreting what it all means, however, is controversial. Every interpretation of quantum physics encounters consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself--and encounter quantum physics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing. Readers are brought to a boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer a sure guide. They will find, instead, the facts and hints provided by quantum mechanics and the ability to speculate for themselves.

Quantum Reality

Author: Nick Herbert
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307806741
Release Date: 2011-09-21
Genre: Science

This clearly explained layman's introduction to quantum physics is an accessible excursion into metaphysics and the meaning of reality. Herbert exposes the quantum world and the scientific and philosophical controversy about its interpretation.

Quantum Enigma

Author: Bruce Rosenblum
Publisher: Duckworth Publishing
ISBN: 0715636545
Release Date: 2007-01
Genre: Quantum theory

Rosenblum and Kuttner physicists set out clearly the historical development of this theory.The quantum enigma offers an entertaining approach to a mystery that haunted physicists for the past eight decades. Quantum theory explains the mechanism governing the behavior of atoms, none of its predictions has proved false and no scientist puts it in question.

Mind Matter and Quantum Mechanics

Author: Henry P. Stapp
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540896531
Release Date: 2009-02-12
Genre: Philosophy

Leading quantum physicist Stapp focuses in this book on the problem of consciousness and explains how quantum mechanics allows causally effective conscious thought to be combined in a natural way with the physical brain made of neurons and atoms.

The Quantum Enigma

Author: Wolfgang Smith
Publisher: Sophia Perennis
ISBN: 1597310077
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Philosophy

Following the overthrow of the classical world picture by the findings of quantum mechanics, physicists have proposed a broad gamut of alternative world views. This book begins with the major recognition that each of these suffers from a certain residual Cartesianism that has been smuggled in unconsciously. It turns out that the moment one discards this hidden and problematic premise, quantum theory begins to make sense in a way that it never has before. As the author shows, it is now possible, for the first time, to integrate the findings of quantum physics into a world view that is neither forced nor ad hoc, but conforms to the permanent intuitions of mankind. Surprisingly, this treatise can be read not only by scientists, but also by readers unacquainted with the technical conceptions of physics or the quantum-reality literature. Wolfgang Smith graduated from Cornell University at age eighteen with majors in physics, philosophy, and mathematics.After taking an M.S. in physics at Purdue he pursued research in aerodynamics, where his papers on diffusion fields have provided the theoretical key to the solution of the re-entry problem for space flight.After receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University, Dr. Smith held faculty positions at M.I.T, U.C.L.A., and Oregon State University, where he served as Professor of Mathematics until his retirement in 1992. In addition to numerous technical publications (relating to differential topology), Dr. Smith has published three previous books and many articles dealing with foundational and interdisciplinary problems. He has been especially concerned to unmask conceptions of a scientistic kind widely accepted today as scientific truths. Wolfgang Smith is as important a thinker as our times boast, and this is his most seminal book. Huston Smith The Quantum Enigma is of great importance not only for the philosophy of science, but also for the whole domain of human knowledge, and should be disseminated as widely as possible. Seyyed Hossein Nasr Unusually interesting . . . profoundly enlightening. Henry Margenau "

The Physics of God

Author: Joseph Selbie
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 9781632658968
Release Date: 2017-09-18
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Setting aside the pervasive material bias of science and lifting the obscuring fog of religious sectarianism reveals a surprisingly clear unity of science and religion. The explanations of transcendent phenomena given by saints, sages, and near-death experiencers—miracles, immortality, heaven, God, and transcendent awareness—are fully congruent with scientific ? discoveries in the fields of relativity, quantum physics, medicine, M-theory, neuroscience, and quantum biology. The Physics of God describes the intersections of science and religion with colorful, easy-to-understand metaphors, making abstruse subjects within both science and religion easily accessible to the layman—no math, no dogma. This intriguing book: Pulls back the curtain on the light-show illusion we call matter. Connects string theory’s hidden brane worlds to religion’s transcendent heavens. Reveals the scientific secret of life and immortality: quantum biology’s ? startling discovery that the human body is continuously entangled. Demonstrates the miracle-making power of our minds to effect instantaneous physiological changes. Explains how the intelligent observer effect confirms our high spiritual ? potential. Compelling and concise, The Physics of God will make you believe in the unity of science and religion and eager to experience the personal transcendence that is the promise of both.

Mindful Universe

Author: Henry P. Stapp
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642180760
Release Date: 2011-04-06
Genre: Science

The classical mechanistic idea of nature that prevailed in science during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was an essentially mindless conception: the physically described aspects of nature were asserted to be completely determined by prior physically described aspects alone, with our conscious experiences entering only passively. During the twentieth century the classical concepts were found to be inadequate. In the new theory, quantum mechanics, our conscious experiences enter into the dynamics in specified ways not fixed by the physically described aspects alone. Consequences of this radical change in our understanding of the connection between mind and brain are described. This second edition contains two new chapters investigating the role of quantum phenomena in the problem of free will and in the placebo effect.

Biocentrism

Author: Robert Lanza
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 9781935251743
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Science

Building on quantum physics, Biocentrism turns the planet upside down with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe rather than the other way around. The central claim of Biocentrism is that what is referred to as space and time are forms of animal perception rather than external physical objects. Lanza and Berman take readers on a fascinating journey through a foreign universe - our own - that will alter their perception of reality for ever.

The Self aware Universe

Author: Amit Goswami
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0874777984
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Science

It's about to become a philosophy of choice in the consciousness revolution. I gathered this intelligence at the Eugene home of Amit Goswami, Professor of Physics at the Institute of Theoretical Studies at the University of Oregon. At first glance, the book appears to be one of those 'new science' books that have become so popular. It does describe quite well the basic experiments of quantum physics, the ones that produce such paradoxes as the dual identity (wave and particle) of electrons and their ability to communicate at a distance with each other instantaneously (non-locality). But rather than simply leaving us with a 'Gee, whiz, isn't this incredible?' impression that the real world isn't as we assumed, Goswami boldly, yet very thoughtfully, introduces us to monistic idealism and suggests we accept it as a foundation for a new, and quite compelling, worldview.

Quantum Physics for Poets

Author: Leon M. Lederman
Publisher:
ISBN: 1616142332
Release Date: 2011-01
Genre: Science

In this lucid, informative book, designed for the curious, a Nobel Prize laureate and a theoretical physicist make the seemingly daunting subject of quantum physics accessible, appealing, and exciting.

Quantum Physics of Consciousness

Author: Bruce Rosenblum
Publisher: Science Publishers
ISBN: 193802446X
Release Date: 2017-02-16
Genre:

The Quantum Physics of the Mind, Explained. Table of Contents 1. The Conscious Observer in the Quantum Experiment Fred Kuttner and Bruce Rosenblum, 2. Quantum Reality and Mind. Henry P. Stapp, 3. Cosmos and Quantum: Frontiers for the Future. Menas Kafatos, Schmid 4. Neoclassical Cosmology, Cosmos and Quantum. Theodore Walker Jr., 5. Can Discoverability Help Us Understand Cosmology? Nicholas Beale, 6. On Meaning, Consciousness and Quantum Physics. Yair Neuman, and Boaz Tamir, 7. Quantum Reality and Evolution Theory. Lothar Schafer, 8. Four Perspectives on Consciousness. Varadaraja V. Raman, 9. Synchronicity, Quantum Information and the Psyche. Francois Martin, Ph.D., Federico Carminati, Giuliana Galli Carminati, 10. Speculations about the Direct Effects of Intention on Physical Manifestation. Imants Barus 11. Consciousness and Quantum Measurement: New Empirical Data. York H. Dobyns, 12. Consciousness and Quantum Physics. Gordon Globus, 13. Logic of Quantum Mechanics and Phenomenon of Consciousness Michael B. Mensky, 14. A Quantum Physical Effect of Consciousness Shan Gao 15. The Universe, Quantum Physics, and Consciousness. Subhash Kak, 16. Does Quantum Mechanics Require A Conscious Observer? Michael Nauenberg, 17. Consciousness Vectors Steven Bodovitz, 18. Quantum Physics, Advanced Waves and Consciousness Antonella Vannini and Ulisse Di Corpo, 20. Consciousness in the Universe Sir Roger Penrose, and S. Hameroff, M.D., 20. The Quantum Hologram And the Nature of Consciousness Edgar D. Mitchell and Robert Staretz 21. Quantum Physics and the Multiplicity of Mind: Split-Brains, Fragmented Minds, Dissociation, Quantum Consciousness. R. Joseph. 22. Many Mansions: Special Relativity, Higher-Dimensional Space, Neuroscience Consciousness and Time, John Smythies, Ph.D.

The Ghost in the Atom

Author: P. C. W. Davies
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521457289
Release Date: 1993-07-30
Genre: Science

Anybody who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it. Niels Bohr's dictum bears witness to the bewildering impact of quantum theory, flying in the face of classical physics and dramatically transforming scientists' outlook on our relationship with the material world. In this book Paul Davies interviews eight physicists involved in debating and testing the theory, with radically different views of its significance.

The Physics Of Consciousness

Author: Evan Harris Walker
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0738202347
Release Date: 2000-02-03
Genre: Science

For decades, neuroscientists, psychologists, and an army of brain researchers have been struggling, in vain, to explain the phenomenon of consciousness. Now there is a clear trail to the answer, and it leads through the dense jungle of quantum physics, Zen, and subjective experience, and arrives at an unexpected destination.In this tour-de-force of scientific investigation, Evan Harris Walker, a pioneer in the science of consciousness, describes the outcome of his fifty-year search for the true nature of reality. Drawing on a deep knowledge of quantum physics and Zen philosophy, Walker shows how the operation of bizarre yet actual properties of elementary particles support a new and exciting theory of reality, based on the principles of quantum physics; a theory that answers questions such as “What is the nature of consciousness, of will?” “What is the source of material reality?” and “What is God?”Clearly written in non-technical, lyrical prose, The Physics of Consciousness is more than just the explanation of a science—it is a new vision of life.