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Mystics have long held that the physical world is an illusion. This book shows how quantum physics is putting forward ideas that confirm this perception.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-180).

Table of Contents

Mysticism and the New Physics Introduction

PART ONE: CONSCIOUSNESS AND REALITY

Chapter One: Observer and Participant

Heinsenberg's Uncertainty Principle

The myth of casuality

Schrödinger's cat

Von Neumann's catastrophe of infinite regression

The Copenhagen collapse

Consciousness as the hidden variable

Self-reference cosmologies

The participator principle

The structure of matter may not be independent of consciousness

The garden of the forking paths

The many worlds hypothesis

Chapter Two: A Holographic Model of Consciousness

Holograms

The existence of consciousness

The interconnection of all portions of the brain

The quantum principle

Causality and holism

The fields of life

The human biocomputer

Cognitional multi-dimensional projection spaces

A holographic model of consciousness

The light inside the head

The bootstrap theory

The reality-structurer

Fields, within fields, within fields

PART TWO: THE STRUCTURE OF SPACE-TIME

Chapter Three: Superspace

Fire walkers

The world of the very small

Waves and particles

The limits of our language

Quanta

The curvature of space

Physics is geometry

The quantum foam

Geometrodynamics

Miniblackholes and miniwhiteholes

Wormholes in the fabric of space-time

Particles as undulations in the nothingness

The quantum interconnectedness of the universe

The space-time code

The chromosomes of matter

Existences or essences?

The superhologram of reality

Chapter Four: Beyond the Light Cone

Beyond space-time

Frames of reference

The active future and the passive past

Impossible world lines

The light cone

Elsewhere

Tachyons and faster-than-light particles

No future, no past, no time

Positrons seen as electrons scattered backwards through time

The time ordering of events

Chapter Five: The Shape of Time

An encounter with the Euphrates

Retrocausality

The shape of time

Backwards movies of the future

Time symmetry and butterflies embedded in glass

An indefinite number of pasts

The interpenetrating universes

Memories of the future

The prophecies of Quetzalcoatl

Extraterrestrial anthropology

Hyperspace and hypertime

A new look at archetypal information

A very strange Euphrates, indeed

PART THREE: MYSTICISM AND THE NEW PHYSICS

Chapter Six: Tantra and Quantum Theory

Superspace versus the akasa

Nada and bindu

Lines of the magnetic field and the hairs of Siva

Lines of force trapped in the topology of space

Miniblackholes predicted in the ancient texts

Puckers in the fabric of space-time

Quantum interconnectedness and omnijectivity

The world as consciousness

Chapter Seven: The Interpenetrating Universes

The miracle of Fatima

Mass hallucinations and folie à deux

Flying saucers and globes of light

The "out there"

Primitive people unable to see photographs

The environment as we perceive it is our invention

Do cognitive processes compute wristwatches?

What is "out there"?

A dying demon

Sustaining the vision

No world available to direct touch

The nagual and the tonal of don Juan

Areas of constructive interference

The yoga of the dream state

"Man's mind mirrors a universe which mirrors man's mind"

The world is a dream

Peeking into infinity

Chapter Eight: The Reality-Structurer

On the slopes of the Himalayas

Yoga of the psychic heat

Tulpas and projections of the mind

The dance of chöd

Visualizing mental formations

Metaprogramming the biocomputer

Beyond god

Our word-build world

The energy centers of the human nervous system

The serpent power

A "biological basis for religion"

The gradation of planes of consciousness

Chapter Nine: The New Cosmology

The cosmic game of hide-and-seek

Black Elk speaks

The ultimate reality

Astral cities and journeys out of the body

Locale II

Structural entities and functional entities

Transactions with reality

Deceased spirits or split personalities?

The act of participation

Choosing cosmic eggs

Almighty powers shut in nature's cells

The game of Tlön

In search of the fantastic

Reality enclaves

The evolution of the human mind

Matter-space-time as a cosmic brain

The "childlike laughter of the infinite"

An Afternote on Language

Zen proverbs

Imparting no information

Discrimination is meaning

Games Zen Masters play

Thinking with words

Thinking without words

"Body-knowing"

The holographic components of thought

Beyond all words and symbols

Buddhahood

Afterword to the 1992 Edition Mysticism and the New Physics Revisited

How this book came to be written

What has changed today

The most important experiment of the century

Garage mechanics at the edge of a precipice

Passion at a distance

Nonlocal fish and the universe as a seamless whole

Using quantum interconnectedness as an intergalatic telegraph system

Other important developments - a chapter by chapter update

Glossary of Scientific Terms

Notes

For Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140193282
Author:
Talbot, Michael
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Controversial Knowledge
Subject:
Metaphysical Phenomena
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Physics -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Metaphysical Phenomena - General
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Compass
Series Volume:
1-2
Publication Date:
19930831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.78x5.06x.51 in. .33 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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