Quantum Gods

Quantum Gods

Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness

Book - 2009
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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 layperson's terms (without equations).

Of particular interest in this book is Stenger's 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.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9781591027133
Branch Call Number: 215 S825
Characteristics: 292 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

Quantum mechanics is strange and it gives us a view of the world that is against common sense. This weirdness has led gurus and the religious to make absurd claims about how quantum mechanics 'proves' their beliefs. Using established scientific theories and hard-hitting analysis, Stenger shows how the claims of the gurus and religious are void of any truth. He explains what quantum physics says, and what it does not. 'Quantum Gods' is a fascinating science book, as well as a useful guide for debunking new age nonsense.

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