The Collapse of Materialism: Visions of Science, Dreams of God

The Collapse of Materialism: Visions of Science, Dreams of God

by Philip Comella

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ISBN-13: 9781937907211
Publisher: Rainbow Ridge Publishing
Publication date: 04/18/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

PHILIP COMELLA is a practicing lawyer with a philosophy

degree whose mission in life is to expose the

fallacies in our current materialistic worldview and to

advance a more promising—and rational—outlook. In

pursuit of that mission, he spent 30 years studying the

foundational ideas to our current scientific worldview

and developing the arguments made in this book.

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Table of Contents

Prologue xi

A Word about Endnotes xii

Introduction: The Realization That Together We Dream the World xv

Part 1 Revolution to the Truth

Chapter 1 The Next Scientific Revolution 3

Chapter 2 A Problem of Perspective 12

Chapter 3 A Response to the Main Objection 15

Chapter 4 The Connection between Mind and Matter 18

Chapter 5 The Mind's Ability to Dream 21

Chapter 6 Mind over External World 31

Part 2 The Failed Hypothesis of a Mind-Independent World

Chapter 7 The Origin of the Debate 45

Chapter 8 The Source of the Belief in a Mind-Independent World 49

Chapter 9 The Source of the Belief in a Self-Operating World 58

Chapter 10 Idealism Fails Co Complete the Puzzle 64

Chapter 11 The Illusion Maker 69

Part 3 Material Science Lost in a Dream World

Section 1 The Big Bang as Metaphor

Chapter 12 The Origin of Scientific Theory 77

Chapter 13 From Naive Realism to the Big Bang 80

Chapter 14 The Big Bang Explodes 90

Chapter 15 The Flatness and Horizon Problems 96

Chapter 16 The Amazing Inflating Universe 102

Chapter 17 A Material World That Should Not Be: The Antimatter Problem 108

Chapter 18 Twenty Invisible Universes 111

Chapter 19 This Accident Never Happened 116

Chapter 20 Creation Against the Tide of Entropy 124

Chapter 21 Material Science's Mathematical Laws 128

Chapter 22 The Melody Came First 132

Chapter 23 Material Science's Last Model 140

Section 2 Quantum Theory as the Physical Science to a Dream World

Chapter 24 Atomism Redefined 145

Chapter 25 Freezing a Phantom World 148

Chapter 26 To the Center of the Atom Hypothesis 153

Chapter 27 The Voyage Stops at the Quantum 157

Chapter 28 From Matter to Waves and Back Again 161

Chapter 29 The Many-Worlds Interpretation 167

Chapter 30 The Worlds Most Accurate Theory 171

Chapter 31 The Particle Zoo 174

Chapter 32 The God Particle 182

Chapter 33 The Universe That Appeared between Picture Frames 190

Section 3 Life as the Battle against Nothing

Chapter 34 Where Did the Struggle Begin? 196

Chapter 35 An Imperfect Darwinian World 202

Chapter 36 Darwin's Common Ancestor 206

Chapter 37 How Material Science Believes Life Began 214

Chapter 38 The Melody Came First: The Origin of Life 225

Chapter 39 Darwin's Common Ancestor Populates the Globe 229

Chapter 40 Darwin's Gradual Leaps 236

Chapter 41 The Illusion of Natural Selection 250

Chapter 42 The Bridge to a Better World 271

Part 4 On to the Real Heaven

Chapter 43 Guardians of the Dream 279

Chapter 44 The Surpassing Explanatory Power of the Real Dream Worldview 285

Chapter 45 One World 294

Chapter 46 The Real Heaven 299

Index 303

Endnotes 327

Bibliography 369

About the Author 381

Preface

Prologue

A NEW JOURNEY FOR SPACESHIP EARTH

Imagine that you are a passenger on a rocket ship hurting through outer space. Commanding the ship are scientists and religious leaders who have assumed the responsibility of flying the rocket to a new homeland. One day you wake up, look out the window, and wonder whether the pilots are heading the ship in the right direction. You begin to doubt whether you have paid enough attention to the route they have taken and you slowly get up the courage to enter the pilot's cabin and ask them a few questions about where exactly the ship is heading. After all, you only have one chance to make it home.

Today we all ride a rocketship: the planet Earth. The journey we are on is called life. Like the rocket ship, the leaders of science and religion direct the way we carry out our lives, and we rely upon those leaders to take us to a better place, whether we call it the promised land, heaven, or simply a land of peace and prosperity.

For most of the voyage, we have sat quietly in the back of the ship as we have let others, whom we believe to be smarter than we are, guide us along this journey. But like the passengers on the rocket ship, many of us are beginning to realize that because we only have one life to lead, we should start asking a few questions about our route and destination.

The group commanding our own rocket ship follows a system of belief called scientific materialism. In this view of the world, matter is the ultimate reality; the universe (or universes) arose from a random, purposeless explosion; and God is dead. We may not know it--since we are sititng in the back of the ship and not paying much attention--but this mind-set is controlling the flight of the ship, permeating our culture and society. We are clearly not heading toward any sort of promised land.

Materialism separates us from Mother Nature, other people, and God. It fixes us into categories--race, religion, nationalities, political parties--that mask the fundamental unity of all humankind.

It is time to set spaceship Earth on a new journey. It is time to challenge the thought leaders who have set the ship's guidance system following the methods of materialism, and who are heading this planet toward disaster.

So hold on to your seats as we challenge the core principles of scientific materialism and show that we can take another, more sensible route. We can instead steer this great ship towards a place that does not separate us, but unites us; that turns the mystical belief that we are One into a scientific truth; and that fulfills both the visions of science and the dreams of God.

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