Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind / Edition 2

Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind / Edition 2

by B. Alan Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559390638

ISBN-13: 9781559390637

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

B. Alan Wallace points out the many assumptions required to adopt the realist view, and the nihilism implicit in the instrumentalist position. He then proposes a radical philosophical alternative based upon the Buddhist Centrist view. Avoiding the pitfalls of both realism and instrumentalism, as well as materialism and idealism, this perspective focuses on the…  See more details below

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B. Alan Wallace points out the many assumptions required to adopt the realist view, and the nihilism implicit in the instrumentalist position. He then proposes a radical philosophical alternative based upon the Buddhist Centrist view. Avoiding the pitfalls of both realism and instrumentalism, as well as materialism and idealism, this perspective focuses on the participatory nature of scientific observation and theorizing. All phenomena are seen as dependently related events lending themselves to multiple interpretations, providing us with the freedom and responsibility to choose our reality within the context of valid experience. The concluding chaptors of this provocative work explore the implications of this view for understanding the nature of the mind and its relation to the body.

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ISBN-13:
9781559390637
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Ch. 1Worlds Apart9
Ch. 2Exploring the Nature of Empty Space18
Ch. 3The Conception and Preservation of Energy28
Ch. 4Views of Science and Reality through History34
Ch. 5Scientific Realism Today45
Ch. 6Assumptions of Scientific Realism51
Ch. 7Theory and Discovery in Physical Science59
Ch. 8The Hypothetical Realities of Physics65
Ch. 9Quantum Reality70
Ch. 10Uncertainty in the Quantum World77
Ch. 11Scientific Realism in Review82
Ch. 12Mathematical Realism87
Ch. 13Instrumentalism96
Ch. 14Seeking a Middle Way105
Ch. 15Cosmology and a Participatory Universe111
Ch. 16Concept and Experience119
Ch. 17A Centrist View of Physical Science131
Ch. 18A Centrist View of Contemplative Science138
Ch. 19Experiencing a Centrist View145
Ch. 20Realizing Personal Identitylessness152
Ch. 21A Contemplative View of the Body161
Ch. 22Subjective Experience and Objective Science167
Ch. 23A Contemplative View of the Mind177
Ch. 24Refining Human Consciousness191
Ch. 25Worlds in Harmony200
Notes207
Bibliography221
Index229

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