by Orin, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
Nick Herbert was part of the Physics of Consciousness Research Group, which nurtured into being many books trying to define both quantum theory and consciousness for the layperson. The group was also supposedly the inspiration for the film Ghostbusters. Elemental Mind is an intriguing look at the many theories regarding consciousness. It advances its own "quantum animism" hypothesis — that consciousness is a fundamental force of the universe like electromagnetism or gravity. Fascinating what a turned on physicist can come up with. The descriptions of the metaphase typewriter experiments, in which they designed a random letter generator cued into the radioactive decomposition of a substance and then held a séance to contact the spirit of Harry Houdini, make me want to become a scientist.