The Physics of Consciousness: Quantum Minds and the Meaning of Life

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Basic Books, 2000 - Psychology - 368 pages
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For decades, neuroscientists, psychologists, and an army of brain researchers have been struggling, in vain, to explain the phenomenon of consciousness. Now there is a clear trail to the answer, and it leads through the dense jungle of quantum physics, Zen, and subjective experience and arrives at an unexpected destination. In this tour-de-force of scientific investigation, Evan Harris Walker, a pioneer in the science of consciousness, describes the outcome of his fifty-year search for the true nature of reality. Drawing on a deep knowledge of quantum physics and Zen philosophy, Walker shows how the operation of bizarre yet actual properties of elementary particles support a new and exciting theory of reality, based on the principles of quantum physics; a theory that answers questions such as "What is the nature of consciousness, of will?" "What is the source of material reality?" and "What is God?" Clearly written in non-technical, lyrical prose, The Physics of Consciousness is more than just the explanation of a science - it is a new vision of life.

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It's been more than 8 years since I've read this book, and I will need to re-read it and re-post a review. I didn't take notes in the margins or underline. Basically the Author approaches the deepest ... Read full review

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My senior year in college was immersed in a "Senior Thesis" (a requirement for graduation) whose title was: "The Meaning of Consciousness for Hegel, Kierkegaard and Sartre." The immersion was ... Read full review


Where Have the Gods All Gone?
Its a Material World
Into Eternity
The Light Fantastic
Jitterbug World Jitterbug Reality
Hunt for the Tin Mans Heart
Many Worlds Many Mansions
The Sound of the Temple Bell
To Sleep Perchance to Dream
A Matter of Will
Quantum Miracles
From Epicycles to Loops
The Causal Mind
A God for Tomorrow
Appendix I
Appendix II

A Golden Brocade
Satori Physics
Looking for the Emerald City
The Red Shoes

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Evan Harris Walker, founder of the Walker Cancer Institute, has made major scientific contributions in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, neurophysiology, psychology, and medicine. Since he received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1964, he has published more than a hundred papers in scientific journals and holds a dozen patents. He lives in Aberdeen, Maryland.

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