The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World

The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World

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The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World by Amit Goswami, Maggie Goswami, Richard E. Reed

Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence, declares University of Oregon physicist Goswami, echoing the mystic sages of his native India. He holds that the universe is self-aware, and that consciousness creates the physical world.

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ISBN-13: 9780874776690
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/1993
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations
Preface
Foreword

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

Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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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!
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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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