The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields and What's Behind It All

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On the one hand, we have traditional science, based on the premises of materialism, reductionism, and randomness, with a belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy, that everything can be measured in the laboratory or observed by a telescope. If it can't, it doesn't exist. On the other hand, we have traditional religious dogma concerning God that fails to take into account evolution, a 4.6-billion-year-old Earth, and the conflicting claims of the world's religions....

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Overview

On the one hand, we have traditional science, based on the premises of materialism, reductionism, and randomness, with a belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy, that everything can be measured in the laboratory or observed by a telescope. If it can't, it doesn't exist. On the other hand, we have traditional religious dogma concerning God that fails to take into account evolution, a 4.6-billion-year-old Earth, and the conflicting claims of the world's religions.

In The God Theory, Bernard Haisch discards both these worldviews and proposes a theory that provides purpose for our lives while at the same time being completely consistent with everything we have discovered about the universe and life on Earth. To wit, Newton was right—there is a God—and wrong—this is not merely a material world.

Haisch proposes that science will explain God and God will explain science. Consciousness is not a mere epiphenomenon of the brain; it is our connection to God, the source of all consciousness. Ultimately it is consciousness that creates matter and not vice versa. New discoveries in physics point to a background sea of quantum light underlying the universe. The God Theory offers a worldview that incorporates cutting-edge science and ancient mystical knowledge. This is nothing less than a revolution in our understanding.

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"Readable and engaging, Haisch will be embraced by those concerned with finding ways of reconciling science and religion." —-Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452654812
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/24/2011
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Bernard Haisch, Ph.D., is an astrophysicist, author of over 130 scientific publications, and a former editor of the Astrophysical Journal.

Norman Dietz, a writer, an actor, and a solo performer, has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Personal Journey 5

From Archabbey to Astrophysics 8

Launching a Career 9

Age of Discovery 12

Return of the Astronomer-Priest 14

Chapter 2 Asking Fundamental Questions 15

The God Theory and Creation 16

The God Theory, Karma, and the Golden Rule 18

The God Theory and Reductionism 24

Chapter 3 Explaining Creation 27

Creation by Subtraction 28

Polarity 29

The God Theory and Consciousness 31

Chapter 4 Reductionism and a Spiritual Worldview 35

Superstrings and the Supernatural 36

A Spiritual Worldview 40

No Need for Intelligent Design 41

Chapter 5 Explaining Consciousness 49

Three Views of Consciousness 50

Consciousness and Physiology 52

The Brain as Filter 54

The Primacy of Consciousness 57

Opposite Perspectives 58

"There Can Be No Evidence for Something That Is False" 61

The Random, Unconscious, "Just-Right" Universe 63

Inflation Theory 65

Chapter 6 The Zero-Point Field 69

The Casimir Force 72

Zeroing in on the Zero-Point Field 74

Chapter 7 Into the Void 79

Deriving Newton's Postulate 81

Inertia 82

Inertial Reaction 83

Defending the Theory 86

A Boost from NASA 88

Chapter 8 Following the Light 93

The Light of Creation 95

Kabbalah 97

The Big Bang 99

Chapter 9 God and the Theory of Everything 103

A God Beyond Matter 104

The Manifest God 105

Asking God 109

Ayin 114

Creation As a Timeless Process 119

Atomic Stability and the Universal Timekeeper 123

Chapter 10 An Infinite Number of Universes 127

A Universe of Consciousness 128

Many Worlds and Quantum Mechanics 132

Chapter 11 A Purposeful Universe 139

Exoteric and Esoteric Knowledge 143

The God Theory,Christianity, and Humanism 147

Final Thoughts 149

Bibliography 155

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Science that thinks for itself: A writer with Wisdom

    A life-time of study and twenty-one years of in-depth practice in Native American thought, Japanese Zen, Taoist Qigong (Ch'i Kung) Neikung and practices in the arts of Kundalini and Shushumna energy, have brought me to finally reading this book.<BR/> <BR/>I am, obviously, a mystic to a high degree. Having spent many years sitting most literally in the moment before the Big Bang, my nature and understanding of Nothing or Emptiness is all but definable.<BR/> <BR/>Mr. Haisch allowed me to have faith in one thing after having read his book: That there are scientists who actually think both with their mind and with wisdom. Bernard Haisch has wisdom¿A rare trait within much of the scientific community. I can say this as I have been surrounded by scientists most of my life.<BR/> <BR/>Mr. Haisch¿s description of Zero Point Energy and its affiliation with the "Is Potential" is identical with that experienced to me in meditations and journeys with energy work.<BR/> <BR/>The humor he uses in his writing defines Mr. Haisch as malleable and willing to think outside of the orthodoxies of science. Most refreshing. Bernard Haisch allows himself to see the possibilities of the human experience instead of locking himself in a pre-defined box of lifeless gadgets.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Break out your slide rule!

    I find this book to be well written and understandable (inasmuchas astrophysics in understandable). However, this author sometimes goes on and on discussing a point only to refute it outright with one or two unsubstantiated statements. There are pertinent assumptions and questions that this author fails to explore. Nevertheless, this book and it's revelations have both validated my own thoughts and taught me revealing and interesting things that I plan to interrogate further.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Very simple thoery

    I found this book to be more of an autobiography than anything else. It is interesting but don't buy it for education or research. The actual theory could have been written in about 10 pages.
    I like his theory. I wish he would have expanded it somewhat.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    This interesting, short book attempts the impossible - and fails.

    Would that Dr. Haisch had stayed in his field of expertise, astronomy, and used the powers of scientific enquiry and logic at his disposal, perhaps he would not have come to the erroneous conclusions that he did. First and foremost, he errs in state that "While scientific orthodoxy boasts no churches, it is nonetheless a faith - a faith whose ritual is skepticism." He seems to forget that the objective of science is to question all hypotheses until satisfactory and repeatable proof has been provided. Skepticism is what allowed him to become the acclaimed astronomer he is! Take skepticism away from science and you are left with ... Faith! Unquestionable, improvable, unreliable and totally unscientific.

    Take, for example, his 'if-then' proposition on pages 66-67: "If consciousness underlies the universe, and your own consciousness is capable of seeing into or communicating with other levels of consciousness, then what people, especially mystics, have seen and experienced does constitute real data. In this view, we are all little pieces of the same consciousness that has deliberately fragmented itself so that you can be you and I can be me. This is the essence of the God Theory." By ASSUMING that his two "if" statements are true and unassailable, he proceeds to his "then" statement as a logical conclusion and the basis for his whole theory. But it is, in fact, not a scientific theory, since to become a theory, in science, the theory must begin as a "model" and cannot proceed to a "theory" until it has been thoroughly empirically and riskily tested, and show itself to be useful. Hence, he elevates his untested "model" of God to the status of "theory", belying his use of faith as the support of his argument rather than logic and the scientific principle.

    Interestingly, Dr. Haisch cites only 24 books from a mere 20 authors in his failed God Theory. This is a good read for those who want to see the use of pseudo-scientific principles, pseudo-logic and scientific wording to obfuscate the real issue: the lack of support for his failed hypothesis.

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