Choosing reality: a Buddhist view of physics and the mind
For centuries scientists and philosophers have pondered the relationship between scientific theory and reality. Analyzing two major positions, the author points out the many assumptions required to adopt the realist view, and nihilism implicit in the instrumentalist position.
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Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind (2nd Ed.)
B. Alan Wallace
Limited preview - 2003
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