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

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Prometheus Books, 2009 - Religion - 292 pages
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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 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 laypersonís terms (without equations).

Of particular interest in this book is Stengerís 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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Review: Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness

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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Quantum F lapdoodle and Other Flummery
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Preface
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Acknowledgments
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Copyright

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Victor J. Stenger (Lafayette, CO) is adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, and many other books, including The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning, The New Atheism, Quantum Gods, The Unconscious Quantum, The Comprehensible Cosmos, Timeless Reality, Physics and Psychics and Has Science Found God?

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