The Unconscious Quantum: Metaphysics in Modern Physics and Cosmology

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In this fascinating and accessible book, physicist Victor J. Stenger guides the lay reader through the key developments of quantum mechanics and the debate over its apparent paradoxes. In the process, he critically appraises recent metaphysical fads. Dr. Stenger's knack for elucidating scientific ideas and controversies in language that the nonspecialist can comprehend opens up to the widest possible audience a wealth of information on the most important findings of contemporary...
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Overview

In this fascinating and accessible book, physicist Victor J. Stenger guides the lay reader through the key developments of quantum mechanics and the debate over its apparent paradoxes. In the process, he critically appraises recent metaphysical fads. Dr. Stenger's knack for elucidating scientific ideas and controversies in language that the nonspecialist can comprehend opens up to the widest possible audience a wealth of information on the most important findings of contemporary physics.
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Gilbert Taylor
Concerned that mysticism seems to be invading physics, physicist Stenger embarks in this book on a voyage to debunk quackery in the quantum world. Heading his New Age opponents off at the pass, Stenger devotes a hefty chunk of his text to the experiments in which the behavior of electrons is interpreted as a wave/particle duality. According to his presentation, some mystics seize on that indeterminacy of the quantum world as evidence that hidden, supernatural forces seethe beneath the quantum world. Since electrons apparently move around regardless of time and space, surely the consciousness can, too? Stenger may have to tolerate such assertions when nonphysicists like Deepak Chopra write best-selling proclamations that the human mind is immortal. However, when esteemed collegial physicist-authors (e.g., Roger Penrose and Paul Davies) also see proofs of God in quantum theory or a purposefully designed universe, poor Stenger's patience runs out. His goal is to warn off readers of those authors. He also hopes to keep current physics students from making the same error, and libraries may consider acquisition with them in mind.
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Stenger physics, astronomy, U. of Hawaii guides general readers through the key developments of quantum mechanics and the debate over its apparent paradoxes, and debunks the alleged relationship between quantum physics and recent metaphysical fads popularized by authors including Deepak Chopra and Fritjof Capra. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573920223
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor J. Stenger (1935 - 2014) was an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii. He was the author of the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, God and the Atom, God and the Folly of Faith, The Comprehensible Cosmos, and many other books.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgments 15
1 Cosmic Mind 17
2 Copenhagen, Complementarity, and Chance 44
3 Paradox 66
4 Hidden Variables 100
5 Nonlocality, Holism, and the Arrow of Time 127
6 One or Many? 165
7 Restoring Reality 192
8 Cosmythology 213
9 The Edge of Chaos 250
10 Shining Through? 268
Bibliography 295
Index 309
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