Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness by Bruce Rosenblum, Fred Kuttner

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By Bruce Rosenblum, Fred Kuttner

In attempting to comprehend the atom, physicists outfitted quantum mechanics, the main profitable concept in technology and the foundation of one-third of our economic climate. they discovered, to their embarrassment, that with their concept, physics encounters cognizance. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner clarify all this in non-technical phrases with aid from a few fanciful tales and anecdotes in regards to the theory's builders. They current the quantum secret in truth, emphasizing what's and what's no longer hypothesis. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum evidence, and the quantum idea explaining them, is undisputed. analyzing what all of it potential, even though, is heatedly debatable. yet each interpretation of quantum physics contains realization. Rosenblum and Kuttner hence flip to exploring attention itself--and come across quantum mechanics. loose will and anthropic ideas turn into the most important concerns, and the relationship of cognizance with the cosmos advised via a few prime quantum cosmologists is excellent. Readers are delivered to a boundary the place the actual services of physicists isn't any longer the one definite consultant. they're going to locate, in its place, the proof and tricks supplied by way of quantum mechanics and the power to take a position for themselves.

In the few many years because the Bell's theorem experiments confirmed the life of entanglement (Einstein's "spooky action"), curiosity within the foundations, and the mysteries, of quantum mechanics has speeded up. in recent times, physicists, philosophers, desktop engineers, or even biologists have improved our attention of the importance of quantum phenomena. This moment variation comprises such advances. The authors have additionally drawn on many responses from readers and teachers to enhance the readability of the book's reasons.

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A more drastic version denies the existence of anything beyond physical objects. In this “materialist” view, consciousness, for example, should be ultimately understandable, in principle at least, in terms of the electrochemical properties of the brain. The tacit acceptance of such a materialist view, even its explicit defense, is not uncommon today. Contrasting with Newtonian realism or materialism is the philosophical stance of “idealism” holding that the world that we perceive is not the actual world.

He investigated a property of light we now call “interference,” a phenomenon uniquely characteristic of extended waves. Nevertheless, he came down strongly in favor of particles. His reasoning was that waves would require a medium in which to propagate, and this medium would impede the motion of the planets, something his universal equation of motion seemed to deny. As he put it: And against filling the Heavens with fluid Mediums, unless they be exceeding rare, a great Objection arises from the regular and very lasting Motions of the Planets and Comets in all manner of Courses through the Heavens.

If a theory meets these high standards, we are obligated to accept it as reliable science, no matter how violently it conflicts with our intuitions. Quantum theory will be our case in point. The Newtonian Worldview Isaac Newton was born in 1642, the year Galileo died. With the wide acceptance of the experimental method, there was a sense of scientific progress, though Aristotle’s erroneous physics was still often taught. The Royal Society of London, today a major scientific organization, was founded in 1660.

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