Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness

Victor J. Stenger Michael Shermer

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Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness

Quantum Gods Creation Chaos and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness Does quantum mechanics show a connection between the human mind and the cosmos Are our brains tuned into a cosmic consciousness that pervades the universe enabling us to make our own reality Do quantu

  • Title: Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness
  • Author: Victor J. Stenger Michael Shermer
  • ISBN: 9781591027133
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Does quantum mechanics show a connection between the human mind and the cosmos Are our brains tuned into a cosmic consciousness that pervades the universe enabling us to make our own reality Do quantum mechanics and chaos theory provide a place for God to act in the world without violating natural laws Many popular books make such claims and argue that key developmentsDoes quantum mechanics show a connection between the human mind and the cosmos Are our brains tuned into a cosmic consciousness that pervades the universe enabling us to make our own reality Do quantum mechanics and chaos theory provide a place for God to act in the world without violating natural laws Many popular books make such claims and argue that key developments in twentieth century physics, such as the uncertainty principle and the butterfly effect, support the notion that God or a universal mind acts upon material reality.Physicist Victor J Stenger examines these contentions in this carefully reasoned and incisive analysis of popular theories that seek to link spirituality to physics Throughout the book Stenger alternates his discussions of popular spirituality with a survey of what the findings of twentieth century physics actually mean Thus he offers the reader a useful synopsis of contemporary religious ideas as well as basic but sophisticated physics presented in layperson s terms without equations.Of particular interest in this book is Stenger s discussion of a new kind of deism, which proposes a God who creates a universe with many possible pathways determined by chance, but otherwise does not interfere with the physical world or the lives of humans Although it is possible, says Stenger, to conceive of such a God who plays dice with the universe and leaves no trace of his role as prime mover, such a God is a far cry from traditional religious ideas of God and, in effect, may as well not exist.Like his bestselling book, God, The Failed Hypothesis, this new work presents a rigorously argued challenge to many popular notions of God and spirituality.

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    One thought on “Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness

    1. Paul on said:

      Recipe for a great science book:1. Find a writer who is both extremely fluent as a writer and as a scientist.2. Piss this writer off by letting pseudoscience claim his area of specialty makes claims it does not in a cinematic documentary and best-selling books.3. After completing the book, get one of the most recognizable skeptics to write the forward.4. Unleash upon the world.To say I enjoyed "Quantum Gods" is an understatement. This book is the first time in months that I read something that I [...]

    2. Russell on said:

      In recent years it has become fashionable for various new age types and Christian apologists to attempt to use findings in quantum physics to prove the existence of the supernatural. This is, perhaps, most exemplified by the new age "documentary" film What the Bleep Do We Know, a work so full of credulous nonsense that it must have set a new record for thickest bullshit per minute in a feature length film.Enter Victor Stenger, a retired experimental physicist with vast knowledge in the subject o [...]

    3. Marshall on said:

      In college, I was really into Taoism and Eastern philosophy. I often heard the claim that physics has found evidence for Taoist claims. I was fascinated with books likeThe Tao of Physics, and this led me to a deep interest in physics. I took many physics classes and excelled in them. I became a research assistant, and briefly considered double-majoring in it. I kept looking for parallels between physics and Taoism, but it just wasn't there. Since then, I've always wondered why spiritualists, who [...]

    4. Julie Ellis on said:

      This is Stenger's critique of quantum consciouness and things like the Secret. He spent a long time reviewing the science of quantum mechanics, which just makes my head hurt. I know its necessary for a general audience. However, I don't feel he spent enough time on the critique portion of the book - it was almost an afterthought. As a result, I don't feel his arguments are as strong as they could be. And, as always, he's a bit dry.

    5. B Kevin on said:

      I think his previous book, God: The Failed Hypothesis was better. While I liked this book, I found a couple chapters pretty tough going, and I have degrees in Physics. Thus, from the point of view of a general audience, I docked it a couple stars.

    6. Yossarian on said:

      Quantum mechanics are fascinating to me, and while researching the subject I found this book. As soon as I started it, I realized that this book wasn't just atheist in its view, it was adamantly anti-theist. Author Victor J. Stenger holds no punches with his refutations of religious claims correlating with the quantum realm. The entire book is a meticulous scientific examination at quantum mechanics and the new wave of spirituality stemming from the uncertainty of its principles.With Newtonian p [...]

    7. David on said:

      This is a very good book for understanding the implications of quantum mechanics on religion and the existence of God. I especially appreciate the last chapter "Nothingism". This chapter describes a fantastic theorem derived by mathematician/physicist Emmy Noether. She showed that three kinds of symmetry (space translation, rotation, and time translation) imply three kinds of conservation: linear momentum, angular momentum, and energy.Some of the later chapters in the book are too philosophical [...]

    8. Ed Terrell on said:

      Stenger is a brilliant physicist and is at his best explaining the intricacies of quantum mechanics in an across the kitchen table top manner. He traces the development of scientific ideas and battles such as Newton (light is composed of particles) versus Huygens (light is a wave) through Young's double slit experiment, then the bringing together of magnetism and electricity into electromagnetism and finally resting when the QED (quod erat demonstrandum) necessary for good science is transformed [...]

    9. Vlad on said:

      Another crystal-clear book from Victor Stenger who never fails to convey the most powerful arguments against "quantum flapdoodle". This book can be enough resource to dismiss all New Age spiritualism.

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