In Search of Divine Reality: Science as a Source of Inspiration

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The message of modern physics is that physical reality has, at its frontiers, all the aspects of a transcendent order. At the foundation of things, elementary particles can exert instantaneous long-distance influences on each other, can be meaningfully said to have mind-like properties, and can exist in states which are, as Heisenberg wrote, ?not quite real, but between the idea of a thing and a real thing.? Thus, just as dead atoms form living organisms and stupid molecules form intelligent brains, metaphysical...
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Overview


The message of modern physics is that physical reality has, at its frontiers, all the aspects of a transcendent order. At the foundation of things, elementary particles can exert instantaneous long-distance influences on each other, can be meaningfully said to have mind-like properties, and can exist in states which are, as Heisenberg wrote, “not quite real, but between the idea of a thing and a real thing.” Thus, just as dead atoms form living organisms and stupid molecules form intelligent brains, metaphysical entities form physical reality. This remarkable book clearly explains the concepts of quantum physics in order to show how science and spirituality are not separate.
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"Schäfer’s book . . . aims to show how some traditional religious and philosophical notions can be understood or redefined in terms of modern science. . . . One of the clearest introductory explanations of quantum mechanics on the market." --Quentin Smith, co-author of Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

"A clear and fascinating account of why the ideas of modern physics lead [Schäfer] to a transcendent view of the nature of reality." --Sir John Polkinghorne, president emeritus and Fellow of Queen’s College, Cambridge University

"Lothar Schäfer’s . . . claim that modern physics provides persuasive evidence of a universe permeated by mind is both challenging and vigorously argued." --John Brooke, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, Oxford University

"In Search of Divine Reality . . . brings in elements of information and discussion that are extremely valuable and not easily found in other books." --Bernard d’Espagnat, professor emeritus of physics, University of Paris

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557284686
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Lothar Schäfer is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 In Search of the Transcendental Elements of Human Knowledge: The Non-Rational and Non-Empirical Elements in Rational/Empirical Knowledge
Ch. 1 The Composite Nature of Knowledge 15
Pt. 2 In Search of Transcendental Physical Reality: The Non-Material, Non-Real, Non-Local, and Mind-like Components of Physical Reality
Ch. 2 The Wave-Particle Duality 27
Pt. 3 In Search of Transcendental Human Nature: The Non-Mechanical Aspects of Living Machines
Ch. 3 The Human Mystery 57
Ch. 4 Chance and Necessity 69
Pt. 4 Divine Reality
Ch. 5 The Importance of the Self-Conscious Mind 85
Ch. 6 Healing the Wound 95
Epilogue: On the Foundations of Metaphysics in the Mind-like Background of Physical Reality 111
App. 1 The Illegitimate Components of Knowledge 117
App. 2 The Failure of Intuition 132
App. 3 Some Aspects of Causality 140
App. 4 Science and the Humanities 143
App. 5 Popper's Logic of Science 146
App. 6 Some Properties of Waves and Particles 152
App. 7 Schrodinger's Wave Mechanics 158
App. 8 The Meaning of [Psi] 160
App. 9 Empty Atoms as Platonic Forms 163
App. 10 Some Aspects of the Nature of Quantum States 172
App. 11 Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle 174
App. 12 The Surrealism of Superpositions of States: The Case of Schrodinger's Cat 183
App. 13 The Pauli Principle 185
App. 14 The EPR Paradox 189
App. 15 The Non-Locality of the Universe 192
App. 16 Some Technical Details Concerning Bell's Theorem 198
App. 17 The Emergence of Historical Philosophical Views in Quantum Ontology 205
App. 18 Defining a Realistic View of the World 226
References 229
Index 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Finally

    A book that ties science with spirituality in easy to understand language. You will see direct evidence of the mind-like quality of the universe. From the smallest sub-atomic particles to the nature of our own mind. See scientific evidence that reality is derived from one thinking source.

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