Reality and Empathy: Physics, Mind, and Science in the 21st Century

Reality and Empathy: Physics, Mind, and Science in the 21st Century

by Alex Comfort

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ISBN-13: 9780873957632
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/28/1984
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Dr. Alex Comfort is a physician, research biologist, writer, and currently Adjunct Professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, where he was Robert Styring Scholar in Classics, he was for many years Head of the Medical Research Council Group on Ageing at University College, London. His publications include textbooks, literary and popular works, and more than two hundred scientific papers in biology, medicine, psychiatry, mathematics, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Study of World Models

Introduction: The Cartesian Homunculus Revisited

One. PHYSICS, BRAINS, AND WORLD MODELS

1. The Needle, the Haystack, and the Holomovement
2. World Models: Some Eastern Melodies
3. Interval: Meet the Metaphysical Fauna

Two. MATHEMATICAL MODELS AND THE DEMONIC COMPUTER

1. Demonics: Talking to Gezumpstein
2. Interlude: Gezumpstein's Teaching Tape
3. Demonics and the Phenomenal Time-Arrow: The Nine Lives of Schroedinger's Cat
4. Commercial Break: Gezumpstein's Charmed Balloons

Three. TIME AND BIOLOGY

1. Interlude: How the Bird and the Snake Played Evolutionary Scrabble
2. The Death of Vitalism: Implicate and Explicate in Biology

Four. MIND AND THE MAKING OF MODELS

1. Mind and the Psychiatry of World Models
2. A Few Instructive Fossils
3. Some Contemporary Considerations

Five. SINGULARITIES AND THE UNFAMILIAR

1. Interlude: The Ghost of Uncle Past
2. The Rank Outsider: Is Parapsychology Real, and Does It Matter?
3. Anxiety Dream: A Born-Again Demon?

Six. PATTERNS AND ARCHETYPES

1. The Peculiar Statements Made by Dreams
2. A Psychiatric Session

Afterword

Appendix A. Iterants

Appendix B. Quantum State as Superposition

Glossary

References

Index

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