Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness / Edition 1

Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness / Edition 1

by B. Alan Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231141505

ISBN-13: 9780231141505

Pub. Date: 08/21/2007

Publisher: Columbia University Press

B. Alan Wallace introduces a natural theory of human consciousness that has its roots in contemporary physics and Buddhism. Wallace's "special theory of ontological relativity" suggests that mental phenomena are conditioned by the brain, but do not emerge from it. Rather, the entire natural world of mind and matter, subjects and objects, arises from a unitary

Overview

B. Alan Wallace introduces a natural theory of human consciousness that has its roots in contemporary physics and Buddhism. Wallace's "special theory of ontological relativity" suggests that mental phenomena are conditioned by the brain, but do not emerge from it. Rather, the entire natural world of mind and matter, subjects and objects, arises from a unitary dimension of reality. Wallace employs the Buddhist meditative practice of śamatha to test his hypothesis, creating a kind of telescope to examine the space of the mind. He then proposes a more general theory in which the participatory nature of reality is envisioned as a self-excited circuit.

In comparing these ideas to the Buddhist theory known as the Middle Way philosophy; Wallace explores further aspects of his "general theory of ontological relativity," which can be investigated through vipaśyan&abar;, or insight, mediation. He then focuses on the theme of symmetry in quantum cosmology and the "problem of frozen time," relating these issues to the practices of the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism. He concludes with a discussion of complementarity as it relates to science and religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231141505
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/21/2007
Series:
Columbia Series in Science and Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

1 The Unnatural History of Science 1

2 The Many Worlds of Naturalism 16

3 Toward a Natural Theory of Human Consciousness 27

4 Observing the Space of the Mind 36

5 A Special Theory of Ontological Relativity 50

S High-Energy Experiments in Consciousness 58

7 A General Theory of Ontological Relativity 70

8 Experiments in Quantum Consciousness 85

9 Perfect Symmetry 108

Notes 123

Bibliography 139

Index 149

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