How the World Can Be the Way It Is: An Inquiry for the New Millennium Into Science, Philosophy, and Perception
In this warm and witty book, scientist and Zen priest Hagen shows a way to cut past the illusion of life and see things as they really are. Using examples from quantum physics, philosophy, and mathematics, Hagen explains how our dependence on objective reality and "common sense" can get in the way of the truth. Illustrations, photos, diagrams.
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Things are not what they appear to be. The closer you look, the more complex things become. This book is a good blend of physics, metaphysics, philosophy and religion. It explores fundamental concepts of belief, consciousness, knowledge, certitude and infinity. Infinite complexity in a finite space is very nicely illustrated with pictures of the Mandelbrot set. Included are descriptions of the classic Double Slit, Schrödinger's Cat and the Thomson Lamp experiments. Even with this author's ability to describe these phenomena in laymen's terms, they are still baffling. The Zen priest in the author comes out in the final chapters where he describes how to embrace life with all of its complexity, chaos and unavoidable suffering.
Review: How the World Can Be the Way It Is: An Inquiry for the New Millennium into Science, Philosophy, and PerceptionUser Review - Goodreads
Hagen is a scientist at heart and by profession. That has always been clear in his writings. I have thoroughly enjoyed his later works, and wanted to back track to read this one. It's incredibly ...