Equations of Eternity: Speculations on Consciousness, Meaning, and the Mathematical Rules That Orchestrate the Cosmos

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An acclaimed science writer and author of Deep Time, David Darling argues that human beings are not mere passive observers of the universe - we are active participants in the making of reality. Our organic brains and bodies have perhaps evolved to the fullest degree of their potential, but our consciousness is still evolving. We are on the verge of an "explosion of mind" - not too dissimilar from the Big Bang - inwhich human consciousness will inherit the universe.

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Overview

An acclaimed science writer and author of Deep Time, David Darling argues that human beings are not mere passive observers of the universe - we are active participants in the making of reality. Our organic brains and bodies have perhaps evolved to the fullest degree of their potential, but our consciousness is still evolving. We are on the verge of an "explosion of mind" - not too dissimilar from the Big Bang - inwhich human consciousness will inherit the universe.

How and when did human intelligence evolve? Is it possible that consciousness will exist after the body has been rendered obsolete? These are the central questions Darling addresses in this mind-bending journey. Along the way the reader is treated to a stimulating discussion of evolution, the relationship between mathematics and physical reality, the genesis of the right and left brains, God, the meaning of language, and the nature of quantum physics.

Darling explains these extraordinary assertions in clear, lyrical prose that makes the most complex concepts wonderfully accessible. Equations of Eternity is science writing at its most involving.

In a dazzling, lyrical mixture of science and philosophy, acclaimed science writer David Darling makes a provocative case for the workings of human consciousness, its origins, and its destiny when the next "Big Bang" precipitates a quantum leap in evolution. Equations of Eternity rethinks thought and the existence of intelligence in a way that will give readers a lot to think about.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Darling Deep Time includes no equations and few fresh ideas in this fast-forward review of quantum physics and relativity. The precis of quantum mechanics is quite a good one for the general reader, which makes it all the more regrettable when Darling abandons real science in favor of florid speculation on a communal ``cosmic consciousness'' that would pack the house at a New Age weekend retreat. Having prepared his audience with a neat summary of the subatomic quantum world as we know it, Darling finally gets to his real interest: our possible super-evolution into a species of space-time architects, freed from the physical brain to travel through black holes to colonize the cosmos. Someone should send him a copy of Arthur C. Clark's Childhood's End. July
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737283228
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Pages: 208

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