In Search of Divine Reality
Science as a Source of Inspiration
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Arkansas Press
Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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Writing this book has given me unabated happiness. After struggling with its conception for decades—helplessly for most of the time—all of a sudden it wrote itself. Gabriele, companion of a life time, was the benign force that made the process possible. ...
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In this book I share my conclusions from a lifelong search for evidence—from quantum science—of the existence of a transcendent part of physical reality, combining disciplinary thought from science, philosophy, religion, and ethics. ...
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The search for Divine Reality is the search for that part of physical reality which is the source of those universal principles which we need to lead an enlightened and virtuous life but cannot establish by a process of reasoning nor by an experience of the external world. ...
Part I. In Search of the Transcendental Elements of Human Knowledge
1. The Composite Nature of Knowledge
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Science is central. By science I do not mean technique, technology, the basis of our survival; rather, I mean our view of the world, our quest for understanding the nature of reality, the order of the universe. ...
Part II. In Search of Transcendental Physical Reality
2. The Wave-Particle Duality
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Search for transcendental reality is not a novel endeavor. It has been the task of religion throughout the ages. What is new in our age is that now the search can be undertaken within the domain of physical science, rather than outside of it or in opposition to it. ...
Part III. In Search of Transcendental Human Nature
Searching for transcendent aspects of human existence, we have found them in our analyses of knowledge and at the foundations of physical reality. Knowledge extends as far as our sense experience and reason but it contains principles that experience and reason cannot verify. ...
3. The Human Mystery
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Eccles begins his discussion by asking whether, in contrast to the doctrine of mechanism, there can be a natural theology as a science like chemistry and physics, without reference to revelation? Can we, by observing reality, come to a conclusion about the existence of God? Do the facts of nature reveal a Divine Presence or Plan? ...
4. Chance and Necessity
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Vitalismis a collective term for all theories that assume the existence of a special life force, vis vitalis—a teleonomic (purposeful) principle, Monod calls it—operating only in living organisms. ...
Part IV. Divine Reality
5. The Importance of the Self-Conscious Mind
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Among the historic responses to the challenge of reality, the frequent reference to the importance of mind is an impressive and constantly recurring theme. At countless times in our history it was the mind that seemed to provide the desired answers for fundamental problems: ...
6. Healing the Wound
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Socrates related virtue to knowledge. While he did not mean knowledge about physical reality, I am willing to take the additional step: what we know about physical reality must affect our way of life. A certain morality is connected with our knowledge of reality, a certain conduct is compatible with its nature and with our understanding of it. ...
Epilogue: On the Foundations of Metaphysics in the Mind-like Background of Physical Reality
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That the basis of the material world is non-material is a transcription of the fact that the properties of things are determined by quantum waves—probability amplitudes which carry numerical relations, but are devoid of mass and energy. ...
Appendix 1. The Illegitimate Components of Knowledge
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Appendix 2. The Failure of Intuition
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Appendix 3. Some Aspects of Causality
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Appendix 4. Science and the Humanities
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Appendix 5. Popper’s Logic of Science
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Appendix 6. Some Properties of Waves and Particles
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Appendix 7. Schrödinger’s Wave Mechanics
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Appendix 8. The Meaning of Ψ
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Appendix 9. Empty Atoms as Platonic Forms
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Appendix 10. Some Aspects of the Nature of Quantum States
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Appendix 11. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
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Appendix 12. The Surrealism of Superpositions of States: The Case of Schrödinger’s Cat
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Appendix 13. The Pauli Principle
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Appendix 14. The EPR Paradox
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Appendix 15. The Non-Locality of the Universe
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Appendix 16. Some Technical Details Concerning Bell’s Theorem
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Appendix 17. The Emergence of Historical Philosophical Views in Quantum Ontology
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Appendix 18. Defining a Realistic View of the World
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2014