The Conscious Universe: Parts and Wholes in Physical Reality

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A discussion of the implications for philosophy of recent experimental results that confirm some counterintuitive aspects of the way matter behaves. The authors show that a generalised principle of complementarity is pervasive not only in physical theories such as cosmological models of the universe, but also in the construction of all human realities. They discuss in detail Bells inequalities for quantum mechanical measurements as well as recent experiments which imply that even remote parts of the universe are ...

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Overview

A discussion of the implications for philosophy of recent experimental results that confirm some counterintuitive aspects of the way matter behaves. The authors show that a generalised principle of complementarity is pervasive not only in physical theories such as cosmological models of the universe, but also in the construction of all human realities. They discuss in detail Bells inequalities for quantum mechanical measurements as well as recent experiments which imply that even remote parts of the universe are "entangled." They go on to suggest that consciousness can no longer be divorced from the way science operates, and conclude by claiming that this entails a new way of understanding the universe - one that could obviate much of the current conflict between science and religion while providing at the same time a basis for valuation that is better suited for co-ordinating all human experience. This second edition has been completely rewritten and brought up to date.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387988658
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 2nd ed. 2000
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Two Small Clouds: The Emergence of a New Physics.- 2. The Strange New World of the Quantum: Wave-Particle Dualism.- 3. Confronting a New Fact of Nature: Bell’s Theorem and the Aspect and Gisin Experiments.- 4. Changing the Rules: A New Epistemology of Science.- 5. The Logic of Nature: Complementarity and the New Biology.- 6. Ancient Whispers: The Expanding Universe.- 7. The Emergence of a New Vision: The Unfolding Universe.- 8. Quantum Ontologies: Metaphysics in Modern Physics.- 9. The Ceremony of Innocence: Physics, Metaphysics, and the Dialog between Science and Religion.- Appendix. Horizons of Knowledge in Cosmological Models.- Hypothesis of Large-Scale Complementarities.- Quantum Resolution of Cosmological Measurement Problems.- Notes.- 1.- 2.- 3.- 4.- 5.- 6.- 7.- 8.- 9.

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