The Self-Aware Universe

The Self-Aware Universe


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The Self-Aware Universe by Amit Goswami

In this stimulating and timely book, Amit Goswami, PhD, shatters the widely popular belief held by Western science that matter is the primary "stuff" of creation and proposes instead that consciousness is the true foundation of all we know and perceive.
His explanation of quantum physics for lay readers, called "a model of clarity" by Kirkus Reviews, sets the stage for a voyage of discovery through the common ground of science and religion, the entwined nature of mind and body, and our interconnectedness with all of creation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874777987
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 184,728
Product dimensions: 5.99(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amit Goswami, PhD, is a theoretical quantum physicist and a retired professor from the University of Oregon’s Department of Physics, where he served from 1968 to 1997. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness,” an idea he explicates in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe, in which he also solves the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect. Dr. Goswami has written several popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness, including Physics of the Soul and Quantum Economics: Unleashing the Power of an Economics of Consciousness.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Integration of Science and Spirituality
Introduction to Part I
1. The Chasm and the Bridge
2. The Old Physics and Its Philosophical Legacy
3. Quantum Physics and the Demise of Material Realism
4. The Philosophy of Monastic Idealism

Part 2: Idealism and the Resolution of the Quantum Paradoxes
Introduction to Part 2
5. Objects in Two Places at Once and Effects That Precede Their Causes
6. The Nine Lives of Schrödinger's Cat
7. I Choose, Therefore I Am
8. The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox
9. The Reconciliation of Realism and Idealism

Part 3: Self-Reference: How the One Becomes Many
Introduction to Part 3
10. Exploring the Mind-Body Problem
11. In Search of the Quantum Mind
12. Paradoxes and Tangled Hierarchies
13. The "I" of Consciousness
14. Integrating the Psychologies

Part 4: The Re-enchantment of the Person
Introduction to Part 4
15. War and Peace
16. Outer and Inner Creativity
17. The Awakening of Buddhi
18. An Idealist Theory of Ethics
19. Spiritual Joy


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The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amit Goswami invites us to suppose, for a moment, that our universe is self-aware. Next, let's imagine how this very consciousness of the universe creates the physical world around us. Goswami further asserts that we are all part of THE SELF-AWARE UNIVERSE, and shows us how to lift the veil of material monism that tends to obstruct our ability to peer into the cosmic mind. Goswami utilizes findings from recent experiments in quantum physics to provide ample evidence of his assertion that old assumptions based on material monism are out-dated and no longer valid. Goswami points out that: we live in a non-local universe, where everything is interconnected to everything else at the most fundamental level; we cannot hope to observe anything without affecting what we are observing; we can only predict the outcome of events in probabilities (not certainties); and there is something much more to this universe than just the matter and energy we can measure. With a brilliant mind and warm heart, Goswami guides the reader on a wonderful journey. We discover objects that exist in two places at once, effects that precede their causes, the implications of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and the Schrodinger's cat thought experiment, and the fascinating world of paradoxes and tangled hierarchies. At the end of this journey, we find ourselves wondering who we truly are. Goswami writes, 'the self of our self-reference is due to a tangled hierarchy, but our consciousness is the consciousness of our Being that is beyond the subject-object split. There is no other source of consciousness in the universe. The self of self-reference and the consciousness of the original consciousness, together, make what we call self-consciousness.' I highly recommend this enchanting book!
akbibliophile on LibraryThing 6 days ago
I don't recommend this book unless you are prone to looking at the universe in a spiritual light. The author has attempted to use the inherent mysteries of the quantum world to suggest that everything is connected in a wonderful conscious mashup with purpose and spirit - I suspect that this is a uniquely human emotional interpretation of the universe rather than a window into some heretofore unperceived aspect of reality. Don't let the fact that Goswami is a trained physicist fool you into thinking that he has some answers.
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great book love it and it is a realy cool idea to think about the universe doing every thing for itself because it is the self.
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