How the World Can be the Way it is: An Inquiry for the New Millennium Into Science, Philosophy, and Perception

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Quest Books, 1995 - Religion - 343 pages
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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 ... Read full review

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The enlightenment is real.. We're never called on to do what hurts. We just do what hurts out of ignorance and habit. Once we see what we're doing, we can stop. Read full review



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About the author (1995)

Steve Hagen has taught in the Department of Religion at Saint Olaf College.

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