Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness

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  • Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness
  • Bruce Rosenblum
  • 09 March 2018

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  1. says:

    I ve read a lot of physics books, always trying to get a better handle on these bizarre concepts Each new book I read seems to take me closer to that Okay, now I get it moment that I wish would come According to the best scientists working in that field, though, there s really no way for our primate brains to accept some of the genuinely strange ideas How can particles be in multiple places at once How can they apparently move through time in different ways than we do How can the laws of nature be different for these particles, and yet we, who are made of these particles, apparently function normally every day What role does our consciousness play in all of this The Quantum Enigma is one of the best books I ve read about these topics It s great at leading the reader through some of those difficult ideas, and eventually allowing you to at least get a few steps closer to understanding It addresses the deeply weird ideas inherent in the study of the nature of reality, but not in the way that some popular media has in the past like the film book What the Bleep Do We Know which cops out by saying it s all magical and supernatural, and that the universe loves you and cares about you I certainly don t get that impression about nature, and answering these big, intriguing questions with a simple, It was made by a magical being who loves us doesn t work if you really care about knowing what s going on The Quantum Enigma acknowledges that it s likely beyond our current ability to understand the true origins of everything in a way that works nicely with how we understand things in our daily lives, but it gave me a few good ways of looking at these things without leaving me feeling completely lost in them.

  2. says:

    If you liked this book, did you like it because the subject matter was fascinating, or because the book was well written I doubt it was the latter.Ever see a cartoon where after a few scenes, you realize that the animation is just the same frames spliced over and over This book is about 5 minutes worth of footage to make an hour cartoon You can read the last two or three chapters and get the whole thing, and I can sum it up nicely here physicists have trouble with the observer problem and get upset that they have to address something they don t yet have experiments for.The authors display the same arrogance typical of physicists who ignore most of 2,500 years of philosophical history and act like the questions raised by quantum theory are Something New Under The Sun They are not Nor are they newly intellectually serious questions Indeed, the angst of physicists who use derisive terms like speculative poses the question are you an engineer or a calculator, or are you a scientist A scientist seeks to answer questions about the universe Sometimes those questions go beyond where you thought they might Ask Newton Ask Einstein.The topic is fascinating, of course But until enough philosophers get good at math and enough physicists learn how to read libraries of prose this field will be the preserve of the few people who have done both, like Stuart Kauffman Physicists presenting a book that might be appropriate for general ed students sitting in a class they heard will, like, blow their mind, on drugs at places like UC Santa Cruz without adding anything from psychologists, biologists, philosophers, or mathematicians leaves this book way, way too thin I can t even believe they include, as a legitimate idea, scientific reductionism Chemistry can be explained by physics, but biology can t be They should know that They use the term emergent once or twice, but don t explain it, and don t explain why this is important for the quantum brain.Let me add this if you like this book, don t you think it might have been a lot better if they had collaborated with someone in another field on this

  3. says:

    I ordered this book after finishing the previous one I posted From Science to God because I wanted a thorough explanation of the Quantum Mystery It seems that movies like What the Bleep do We Know have taken some of the bizarre observations about quantum physics and allowed their imaginations to run wild with their claims, giving the less discerning public a less than accurate idea about what s really going on here This book, written by two widely respected Physicists, presents the facts of quantum physics in a Truth, Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth manner They attempt to separate the facts from the myths, while addressing the Skeleton in the Closet of scienceHuman Consciousness It s a heady read, and I ll have to go over it several times to completely wrap my head around the material If this topic interests you at all and you are already familiar with the subject , this book is a MUST read If it s all new to you, I recommend starting with something MUCH simpler like the books I mentioned at the top

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    Since I have a bachelor s degree in physics, I m reasonably familiar with quantum theory and the mystery it presents with regard to the influence of an observer I ve even written a few blogs on the subject you can find here I keep reading about quantum theory hoping for a deeper understanding but all I seem to discover is that no one really knows what s going on, even several decades after its first discovery However, this well written book did explain numerous other things that helped my understanding of the various interpretations and the differences between them.This book does an excellent job of explaining the different interpretations, e.g the Copenhagen interpretation, Schrodinger s cat, Einstein s view, Niels Bohr s opinion and various others, in a way that anyone interested in the subject can understand What stands out the most is that even today the experts don t agree In other words, they simply do not know I continue to marvel that physicists can propose the existence of parallel universes, multiverses, and thirteen or dimensions while dismissing and even disparaging anything that relates to consciousness Give me a break Without consciousness they couldn t even consider the meaning of the physical world.Thanks to reading this book I understand thoroughly that physicists fear to tread outside their domain of the material world and to touch on anything that borders on parapsychology because it can result in professional suicide How sad that science has become so specialized and compartmentalized that professional tunnel vision precludes solving some of life s greatest mysteries while those who think outside the box are ostracized by their peers and even looked upon as ignorant fools Which side best fits that description only time will tell.

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    I found this book to be real food for thought Rosenblum points out that Quantum probability tells us not the probability of the state of a system but rather where an observer will measure it to be The system wasn t in that state until it was observed to be there Quantum cosmologist John Wheeler puts it concisely No microscopic property is a property until it is an observed property Quantum mechanics thus requires a conscious observer to produce physical properties.He next deals with the very strange concept of separability Physicists have now demonstrated conclusively that once quantum states interact with each other they remain forever linked in such a way that the state of one such state is immediately influenced by a change in state of the other system even when separated from it by long distances, thus apparently violating our belief that information cannot be transmitted faster than the speed of light As a consequence any quantum states that have ever interacted are no longer separable and the universe is highly linked with many other parts of the universe Physicists do not really understand this instantaneous action at a distance, but it is predicted by Quantum Mechanics and has been verified experimentally.He then turns to modern thinking about consciousness Is consciousness than the product of chemical reactions in the body He states that the two great mysteries are the mystery of the existence of the world out there and the mystery of consciousness in here He claims that quantum mechanics appears to connect the two.He then takes this mystery to the beginning of time, at the Big Bang If a microscopic property requires a conscious observer to produce physical properties, what created the first matter One explanation could be a consciousness outside of the universe God Another is that spacetime is closed back on itself and the future consciousness of people yet to be created were the consciousnesses that caused the original first matter to exist through the mechanism of separability.I find it fascinating that from a scientific viewpoint Rosenblum reaches the conclusion that some consciousness was necessary to create the universe.

  6. says:

    I ve read this book several times first edition and second It s not really hard to understand at all The authors have a clear and to the point writing style unusually entertaining for a non fiction idea oriented book of this sort It is hard to accept What it says is so disturbing to the prevailing world view that I m sure many people just shut it out by saying, Oh this is too hard to understand That means they ve probably understood it Other readers may say, This is all old hat Nothing new here it s boring That s probably someone who doesn t understand what the book is saying The quantum experiments are about as simple in principle as it s possible to be although some of them may require some awfully hi tech equipment to conduct So you don t need much if any math to understand this book It s about the implications of the experiments What kind of world is this Is it real What does real mean Do things have any separate existence How can things that have no known physical connection still be connected even at vast distances in some weird mysterious way How can things exist in different and even opposing states depending on how they are observed How can the fact of being observed affect the values of the properties being measured I won t promise that you will find the answers to all these questions in this book But I think you may learn about what the questions are and how to ask them perhaps better than I have Knowing how to ask a question is, I believe, a large part of finding the answer.

  7. says:

    I wasn t expecting to enjoy this book nearly as much as I did when I started reading it The clearest history and exposition of quantum physics I have ever read Additionally, it doesn t shy away from examining the various speculations about what it might mean An interesting, level headed, and thought provoking read.

  8. says:

    The best nonfiction book I ve read in awhile This book is a fascinating and an easy to visualize introduction to concepts that fuel current scientific debate around the implications of quantum theory and its reliance on a conscious observer Written by two UC Santa Cruz physics professors, short chapters include humorous analogies and non technical descriptions of Newtonian physics, general relativity, and quantum mechanics The quantum enigma emerges from experimental evidence that shows what scientists observe at the quantum level depends on what they decide to evaluate Contrary to the tenets of the scientific method, when it comes to the world of subatomic matter, there is no such thing as an objective observer In fact, consciousness might actually create a particular reality by collapsing the wave function of potential outcomes into one physical realitythat is, if reality even exists at all The authors never officially take sides with competing interpretations of the quantum enigma, but their work will undoubtedly fuel much discussion about the role of consciousness in scientific observation.

  9. says:

    This book, perhaps than any of the others that I have read, brings the concepts of Quantum Mechanics out of the strict academic in into a reader friendly world I would go so far as to label it a primer on the subject.Perhaps its most significant contribution is how well it illustrates that place where Consciousness and Quantum Physics meet A place that established Psychiatrists and Physicists all over the world fear to go.I highly recommend this book.

  10. says:

    Generally a good and easy read but some concepts are over explained and some I guess the complicated ones are not explained well or left unexplained Only in the end do they get to concsiousness and their points are not as good as I expected.

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