The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism: An Exploration of Spirit, Matter and Physics

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Writing with vigor and authority, a trained physicist takes a refreshingly experiential look at contemporary science, religion and metaphysics—a scientist unafraid of spirit.
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Overview

Writing with vigor and authority, a trained physicist takes a refreshingly experiential look at contemporary science, religion and metaphysics—a scientist unafraid of spirit.
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Jacquelyn Small
Brilliant...important...strongly recommended...reads at times like a Tom Robbins of physics. —and Becoming a Practical Mystic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595177950
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
About the Cover viii
Introduction ix
A Dialogue ix
A Note On Terminology x
Holographic Paradigm? xiii
A Note On History xv
A Note On Transformation, and an Exercise xvi
Part I Boundaries of the Known 1
1. Scientists--A Priesthood in Crisis 3
The Present Crisis of Science 4
Crises of Being 11
2. Transcendent Experience 15
The Role of Transcendent Experience 15
Examples of Transcendent Experience 18
Transcendent Experience in Psychology and Psychiatry 23
Effect of Rejecting Transcendent Experience 27
3. The Views of the Founders 31
The Founders Became Hylozoists 32
Einstein's "Mistake" 42
4. The Present Concensus 45
"There Are No Phenomena...That There is Deep Mystery About" 45
Paradigmatic Inertia 54
Ode to Giordano Bruno 55
Part II The Fact of Matter 57
5. Matter in Motion 59
Dynamics 60
Tides 61
Newton's Apple 63
Some Asides About Tides 63
Newton's Laws, Maxwell's Demons, and Boltzmann's Demise 65
Simple Electricity and Magnetism Begets Light and Relativity 71
Sneaking Up On the Nature of Atoms 76
6. The Stochastic Universe 77
A Theory Of Everything? 78
Failures of Classical Physics 80
The Ultraviolet Catastrophe 81
Those Troublesome Atoms 86
Wave-Particle Paradox? 89
"Uncertainty" or Complementarity? 91
Einstein Loses in Brussels 93
The Hylostochastic Paradigm 94
Back to the Breeze 95
Proof of Nonlocality 97
Beyond the Breeze 99
7. The Butterfly Effect 103
The Paradigmatic Crisis 104
Back to Matter for Now 105
The Sensitive Universe 106
A Need to Know 109
Nonlinear Weather Is Unpredictable 109
The Butterfly Effect 113
Strange Attractors 114
Fractal Nature 116
Deterministic Chaos 118
A Mathematician on Mathematicians 119
"Complexity Theory" 120
Paradigms Completed, and Lacking 124
Part III The Effect of Spirit 127
8. The Creative Universe 129
Layers of Reality 130
Spirit and Matter 131
The Hylozoic Paradigm--Planckian Butterflies 132
Prana, Lifetrons, and Subtle Realms 133
Different Religions and the Hylozoic Paradigm 136
The Dreaded Dualism 140
Proofs Of Materialism Are Still Wrong 142
Planckian Butterflies In Action 145
9. Life in the Valleys 149
An Earthquake Triggers an Inner Quake 150
Predicting the Next Great Tokyo Earthquake? 154
Sensitive Earthquakes: A Link to Planckian Butterflies? 158
Volcanoes 161
The Weather 163
The "Clockwork" Motions of the Planets 166
"Just Because We Can't Predict Tornadoes Doesn't Mean the World Isn't Round." 169
Just Turn Off the Terminals and See What Happens 171
Nature Spirits 173
10. Consciousness Not Explained 175
Some Facts about the Brain 175
Cognitive Models--Open or Closed? 176
Computer Fear 179
Dennett's Wrong Axiom 182
Evidence for Larger Models 184
A Note on the Mechanism 189
The Decision 190
11. The Lives of Planets 197
Formation of Earth 200
The Collapse 202
The Turbulence 204
The Solar Nebula Thought Experiment 205
The Lives 210
The Seventh Makham of Andalusian Sufism 215
Part IV Freedom from the Known 219
12. From Superstition to Intuition 221
East and West 223
Barriers to Intuition 227
Democracy of the Transcendent 228
The Dark Side 229
A Responsibility to Investigate 235
13. Intelligence--Allowing Spirit into Matter 237
Horses' Teeth 238
A Kogi Message from the Past 240
The Ageless Wisdom 248
A Plausible Avatar 254
A Sublime Dream 266
Two Different Masters 270
Hylozoic What? 272
14. Frauds, Fools, Magicians, Messiahs, and Us 275
Time Travel As Example 276
Spiritual Abduction? 278
Plant Behavior? 286
Debunking Debunkers 292
Example: A Rumor of Fraud 294
Anti Antinomian Authorities (The Inflationary Guru Problem) 298
De-Glamourized Teachers, Intuition, and Four Signs of Ego Inflation 305
15. Freedom from the Known--Science as Partner 311
Experimental Certainty? 313
Mystical Physiology 314
An Historical "Pack of Tricks," Benignly 321
Experimental Tests Exist But Are Not Accepted 324
Waking Up 329
Hylozoic Astronomy 331
"New Science" Is Reconnection with the Ageless Wisdom 333
Endnotes 336
Index 356
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