So I was not searching for truth anymore through science, and therefore I had to discover meditation, where I was searching for truth again, truth of reality. The weaknesses of the conventional medical model have been clear for some time. And that doesn't have to be anthropocentric in the sense of only earthlings. Interviewing Amit Goswami was a mind-bending and concept-challenging experience. The idea that consciousness is the ground of being is the basis of all spiritual traditions, as it is for the philosophy of monistic idealism—although I have given it a somewhat new name. This is what quantum physics demands.
The early work, like The Tao of Physics, has been very important for the history of science. The Reconciliation of Realism and Idealism Part 3: Self-Reference: How the One Becomes Many Introduction to Part 3 10. And any causal power that we seem to be able to exert on matter is just an illusion. Goswami is considered by some to be a pioneer in his field. By attempting to bring material realism to its knees and to integrate all fields of knowledge in a single unified paradigm, he hopes to pave the way for a new holistic worldview in which spirit is put first.
In Search of the Quantum Mind 12. There was a complete about-turn in my psyche and I just realized that consciousness is the ground of all being. Your view seems to hark back to a more traditional, almost biblical kind of idea. It is only an epiphenomenon or secondary phenomenon, secondary to the causal power of matter. And an epiphenomenal consciousness is not very good.
Its procedures are too invasive and have too many harmful side effects. . The problem is that in this pursuit, this particular pursuit of science, including the books that we mentioned earlier, The Tao of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Masters, even when spirituality is recognized within the materialist worldview, God is seen only in the immanent aspect of divinity. First Trade Edition is Acceptable in illus wraps. The new science, though, says that the material part of the world does exist, the separative movement is part of reality also, but it is not the only part of reality. When we look, the wave collapses instantly; thus the wave could not be in space-time.
So in my book The Self-Aware Universe I talk about the hero's journey for the entire scientific endeavor. At a time when the decay of human values and the erosion of any sense of meaning has reached epidemic scale, it is hard to imagine what could be more important than this. For me it was not that drastic, but when I was about thirty-seven the world started to fall apart on me. According to all the data scientists have been able to gather, it exploded into existence some fifteen billion years ago, setting the stage for a cosmic dance of energy and light that continues to this day. The book should be of interest to life scientists as well as laymen and those seeking life understanding and self-realization.
The ideal classic case, of course, is the famous case of the Buddha, who recognized at the age of twenty-nine that all of his pleasure as a prince was really a waste of time because there is suffering in the world. It was my good fortune to recognize it within quantum physics, to recognize that all the paradoxes of quantum physics can be solved if we accept consciousness as the ground of being. What happened was very interesting. This should be clarified and I will try to explicate it as clearly as I can. So any influence must travel, if it travels through space, taking a finite time. Consider instead the possibility that the entire story only existed as an abstract potential—a potential—a cosmic dream among countless countless other cosmic dreams—until, in that dream, life somehow evolved to the point that a conscious, sentient being came into existence. If this sounds like nothing more than a complicated backdrop for a science fiction story or a secular version of one of the world's great creation myths, hold on to your hat.
It is not just parallel. Interviewing Amit Goswami was a mind-bending and concept-challenging experience. How it started happening first was that quantum objects—objects in quantum physics—began to be looked upon as waves of possibility. And therefore it follows that the influence could not have traveled through space. 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.
He speaks widely at conferences and other forums about the exciting discoveries of the new science and their significance, not only for the way science is done, but for society as a whole. Imagine for a moment the entire history of the universe. I wrote my first paper which was published in 1989, but that was just refinement of the ideas and working out details. But in the West that kind of idealism has usually meant something that is really dualism—that is, consciousness and matter are separate. But already there are some other books that are recognizing this too.
But in their heart they know, as is much evidenced. But economists have a clue about which way to go about modifying the existing models. When we act in the world we really are acting with causal power. The culmination of Goswami's own work is his book The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World. Back inside cover page has inscription from former owner. The observer is the observed.
An Idealist Theory of Ethics 19. Well, I'm not saying that traditional scientists don't have a few important problems. To give you one example, in biology there is what is called the theory of punctuated equilibrium. Ken Wilber makes this point very, very well in his book Sex, Ecology, Spirituality. Such support can certainly make all of us more United! A professor professor of physics at the University of Oregon and a member of its Institute of Theoretical Science, Dr. Consider instead the possibility that the entire story only existed as an abstract potential—a cosmic dream among countless other cosmic dreams—until, in that dream, life somehow evolved to the point that a conscious, sentient being came into existence. An amorphous cloud of dust emerging out of that primordial fireball, it slowly coalesced into a solid orb, found its way into gravitational orbit around the sun, and through a complex interaction of light and gases over billions of years, generated an atmosphere and a biosphere capable of not only giving birth to, but sustaining and proliferating, life.