God Is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live

God Is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live

by Amit Goswami
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God Is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live by Amit Goswami

Move over, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens--a highly regarded nuclear physicist enters the debate about the existence of God--and comes down on the side of the angels. Goswami’s hypothesis is that quantum physics holds the key to all the unsolved mysteries of biology--the nature and origin of life, fossil gaps of evolution, why evolution proceeds from simple to complex, and why biological beings have feeling and consciousness.

In God is Not Dead, Goswami moves beyond theory and shows how a God-based science puts ethics and values where it belongs: at the center of our lives and societies. He provides a scientific model that steers between scientific materialism and religious fundamentalism; a model that has implications for how we live both individually and collectively.

God is Not Dead is a fascinating tour of quantum physics, consciousness, and the existence and experience of God.

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ISBN-13: 9781571745637
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/20/2008
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Amit Goswami is a theoretical nuclear physicist and member of The University of Oregon Institute for Theoretical Physics since 1968. Goswami received his PhD in physics from Calcutta University in 1964. He became best known as one of the interviewed scientists featured in the 2004 film What the Bleep Do We Know!? He is also featured in the upcoming documentary, Dalai Lama Renaissance (narrated by Harrison Ford). Visit him at amitgoswami.org.

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God Is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
TheBookMan More than 1 year ago
I admit I was unsure as to whether to buy this book. I had read previous reviews that were less than positive but decided to take a chance. I enjoyed the book and feel it is a great introduction to quantum physics for someone who has had no exposure to it. Amit Goswami writes in such a way as to make a topic that is very perplexing understandable. Since I have read "The Self-Aware Universe" by Goswami, I did notice that he seems to have "dumbed down" the language so the lay reader would have greater comprehension of what he is talking about. There is nothing wrong with that that, but it is something I noticed. Goswami presents a good case for the existence of God and I recommend any reader of this book to maintain an open mind when presented with the ideas put forth. Although the reader may not agree with all the ideas Goswami presents, it does not mean the whole book should be rejected. The book is an interpretation of the findings of quantum physics and is not meant to be the final word. Many of the topics and interpretations that Goswami presents are very brief introductions leaving the reader wanting more details. For the most part, I found the book to be an enjoyable read and I do recommend it to anyone who wants a basic introduction to quantum physics with a spiritual interpretation.
A_Young_Contrarian More than 1 year ago
What starts out as an observer/object question of the Uncertainty Principle of physics, repeatedly finds the common 'goddidit' conclusions. It reminds us of the Islamic god who brings everything into existence at every moment by 'his' consciousness. It spends a great deal of time on the questions of consciousness in relation to physics, but does so with such slant it is difficult to see the authors point. In this regard the Tao of Physics is far superior at exploring a consciousness/physical connection with clarity. I find Goswami's philosophizing as both pretentious and dangerous. In many instances, the author deliberately attempts to use technical language to break down the reader's skeptical barriers. This I found not only unnecessary, but self-serving; also, dangerous as to the implications of its conclusions. As I mentioned, it really seems to be arguing for the Islamic god, who thinks everything into existence at all times. 'The God Delusion' and 'God is Not Great' make excellent cases as to why a belief in such a god is dangerous. The free-thinker ignores these to his/her own peril. What are we to make of the 9-11 events with such a world view? God willed it? Sorry, but you lost me there. This book advocates for an inescapable (and I think) oppressive omniscient (if that is even possible)consciousness. It is not emancipating in the least, seeking to return a dark cloud to our knowledge. It is a waste of time to the lay reader because of its technical speech and for anyone looking to 'free' their mind with limited time or resources on their hands.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God is alive. BAM! BLEW UP YOUR MINDS!
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The Big idea is that consciousness is the most fundamental element in existence. Most books by prominent scientists miss this point and therefore lead their readers astray. For some of the best knowledge available to man, look into the teaching of the Vedas as presented by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Hec_Currie More than 1 year ago
Amit Goswami's God is Not Dead is a moving call for the new [quantum] science to be:
"The locus for a unifying dialogue among all the religions of the world." p. 28

Goswami would have us through "quantum activism:
"...change the world with... quantum leaps of consciousness so as to usher in a new age of enlightenment." p. x

In his far-ranging view, taking into account:
"quantum non-locality (which implies causes and effects can occur at a distance without an
exchange of energy signals)."
Goswami is moved to contend:
"If science is to include quantum physics, then nature must include the transcendent domain of quantum differentia." pp. 24-5

Gowami's range of vision is panoptic, encompassing vedic Upanishads, which propose, empathically "You are That," meaning you are God, and Buddhist and Taoist mystic insights, to Greek Pre-Socratics, and the monistic dualism, (also called the perennial philosophy), of Parmenides, Socrates, and Plato. p. 42

Goswami's quantum interest moves him to ask on p. 166:
"Can we ever find mathematical representations of the laws of movement of [thought]?" This presents an apparently insolvable dilemma, because 'thought' moves beyond time, as Einstein stated: "The purpose of time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

The book title is a challenge; God is Not Dead, as Neitzche has said.
The reader will have to get into the quantum element that Goswami represents. It's quite apparent that he feels it's in the cosmic and para-cosmic, the most advanced thinking of the quantum camp. He does have scientific evidence, the unexpected results of Libets experiments among others. There is evidence of a force that we have not yet understood, a force we are seeking to discover at CERN, through the use of the LHC, [Large Hadron Collider] we are in a quest for the god particle.

This book proves there is a force and the force can be called or referred to as god, if one so chooses. And he proves in his finding that the force is scientifically recognized as fact. Then it would appear that there is a force and it is a fact. This book indicates that science has provided scientific evidence of the validity of the belief in a power that we might not yet understand; it's unarguably demonstrated by the findings of quantum, and recorded in this book.

This book is beyond religion, or religious dogma. The work takes a scientific approach and gives its finding as to the existence of a force. A force whose unifying characteristic is evident in consciousness, and identified as transcendent that generate a quality of selfless sentiment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He pretends that his religion is somehow more moral han other religions. He also brings no convincing arguments to the table as to how god exists. The author is simply a unique case in a world where most in his professiob are not religious at all.