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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1559390638

ISBN-13: 9781559390637

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Choosing Reality shows how Buddhist contemplative methods of investigating reality are relevant for modern physics and psychology. How shall we understand the relationship between the way we experience reality and the way science describes it? In examining this question, Alan Wallace discusses two opposing views: the realist view, which argues that

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Choosing Reality shows how Buddhist contemplative methods of investigating reality are relevant for modern physics and psychology. How shall we understand the relationship between the way we experience reality and the way science describes it? In examining this question, Alan Wallace discusses two opposing views: the realist view, which argues that scientific theories represent objective reality, and the instrumentalist view, which states that concepts cannot describe what exists independently of them. Finding both of these philosophies of science inadequate, the author explores the Buddhist middle way view and the relevance for modern physics of Buddhist contemplative methods of investigating reality. He also examines the ideas of body, mind, and reincarnation from the viewpoint of Tibetan Buddhism.

Product Details

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

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