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The Resource Quantum gods : creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousness, Victor J. Stenger

Quantum gods : creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousness, Victor J. Stenger

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Quantum gods : creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousness
Title
Quantum gods
Title remainder
creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousness
Statement of responsibility
Victor J. Stenger
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Does quantum mechanics show a connection between the human mind and the cosmos? Are our brains tuned into a "cosmic consciousness" that pervades the universe enabling us to make our own reality? Do quantum mechanics and chaos theory provide a place for God to act in the world without violating natural laws? Many popular books make such claims and argue that key developments in twentieth-century physics, such as the uncertainty principle and the butterfly effect, support the notion that God or a universal mind acts upon material reality. The author here examines these contentions in a carefully reasoned analysis of popular theories that seek to link spirituality to physics. Throughout the book, the author alternates his discussions of popular spirituality with a survey of what the findings of twentieth-century physics actually mean. Thus he offers the reader a useful synopsis of contemporary religious ideas as well as basic but sophisticated physics presented in layperson's terms (without equations). Of particular interest in this book is the author's discussion of a new kind of deism, which proposes a God who creates a universe with many possible pathways determined by chance, but otherwise does not interfere with the physical world or the lives of humans
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
215
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL265.P4
LC item number
S74 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Quantum gods : creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousness, Victor J. Stenger
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Publication
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ZZ1 SV01
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-275) and index
Contents
Belief and nonbelief in America -- What the bleep is the secret? -- Pursuing the Tao -- The guru of GUTs -- Space, time, and matter -- The great paradigm shift -- Deism and Darwinism -- The spooky quantum -- The elements of matter -- Chaos, complexity, and emergence -- Return to reduction -- Ghost busting the quantum -- Quantum philosophy -- Where can God act? -- The God who plays dice -- Nothingism
Control code
262889496
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
292 p.
Isbn
9781591027133
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008054567
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)262889496
Label
Quantum gods : creation, chaos, and the search for cosmic consciousness, Victor J. Stenger
Publication
Note
ZZ1 SV01
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-275) and index
Contents
Belief and nonbelief in America -- What the bleep is the secret? -- Pursuing the Tao -- The guru of GUTs -- Space, time, and matter -- The great paradigm shift -- Deism and Darwinism -- The spooky quantum -- The elements of matter -- Chaos, complexity, and emergence -- Return to reduction -- Ghost busting the quantum -- Quantum philosophy -- Where can God act? -- The God who plays dice -- Nothingism
Control code
262889496
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
292 p.
Isbn
9781591027133
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008054567
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)262889496

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