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Beyond the Quantum Hardcover – 31 Dec 1986

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD (31 Dec. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026162105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026162104
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,900,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discusses multidimensional reality, poltergeists, human consciousness, the paranormal, and new implications of quantum physics.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Boogie Man on 20 Aug. 2008
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I had an unread copy of this book eighteen years ago which I lost on my travels. I was extremely pleased to find it avilable at Amazon. The starting point of the book is the strange, anamolous behaviour of light "particles" called quanta. The thing about light is that it sometimes behaves as a particle and sometimes as a wave, a quantum is a wave/particle or a quantity of wave energy. According to Talbot, Einstein believed in the particle nature of light, but scientists today still cannot explain fully the mechanics of light as its qualities depend on "observer participation". The apparatus that scientists use determine the characteristics that they observe, and there is no medium in the view of contemorary science through which the quanta from distant galaxies oscillate.

Talbot has a highly mystical cast of mind due to his experiences with a poltergeist as a child. There is much interesting thought in the book about the nature of consciousness and awareness. The author takes a holistic approach stressing communication between the parts which make up a greater whole, he is always looking for Gestalts, anomolous evidence and relationships. Talbot moves constantly from the microscopic to the cosmic, including speculations about Rupert Sheldrake's "M field", the mysterious force that causes living organisms to "know" what shape to take up, and thoughts regarding the "group minds" possessed by termites and bees. He includes quite an extensive account of "functionalism" the theory that information is the primary essence of life and the universe. Talbot concludes that self awareness is spread throughout the universe, and even that sub- atomic particles seem able to communicate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florence319 on 19 Oct. 2014
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Michael Talbot was a tour de force as a writer on the new physics and spirituality. Huge loss at his early death in 1990s. This is unique, fantastically well written and fascinating stuff for anyone with an enquiring mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By masterwoodcutter on 21 Jun. 2015
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You can never go back, once you're read this book. 27 Jan. 2000
By Monty Nicol - Published on
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This book is a carefully organized and well-explained safari into the amazing world of quantum physics. I would sum this book up by quoting Talbot himself: "It is one of the great ironies of our century that as reductionist biologists were slowly trying to purge all mention of consciousness from their understanding of neurophysiological processes, physicists were at the same time uncovering compelling evidence that the mind is not only necessary, but may be integral to our understanding of the physical universe."
This book is no mere excursion into some otherworldly fantasy. When you finish this book, your world, although not radically changed, is undeniably altered. In one example, Talbot uses the familiar illustrations of a woman, a blocky, diffuse illustration that's not at first obvious. Turn the page, and the reader sees the illustration in more detail-- it is a woman. Turn the page back, and the formerly incomprehensible image can be clearly seen to be that same woman. This book will affect the reader's reality the same way. Close the book, and the reader can't help but think of the world on slightly different terms.
Of all the books in my library, this book is easily the best example of an author taking a wide range of potentially incomprehensible subjects and making them clearly understandable. Talbot writes with the conviction of someone who is himself as interested in his subject as the reader is, but his approach nonetheless remains objective throughout. I highly recommend it.
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Thoughtful Guide to the "New" Physics 12 Feb. 2004
By Jed Shlackman - Published on
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Having previously read Talbot's Holographic Universe, I just happened upon a used copy of this now out-of-print classic, Beyond the Quantum. This book very clearly and provocatively explores the science and the theoretical implications that are developing in the fields of physics and consciousness. From Bohm to Sheldrake to the Eastern mystics, Talbot has written an excellent overview of this mind-expanding field of study. In 2004 this book still seems fresh with ideas and insight, and explains things clearly for a general audience, not just those with a scientific background.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
awesome book covering obscure topics from quantum mechanics 28 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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This book is incredible. Talbot discusses everything from quantum mechanics to poltergeists, to social behavior studies like the 100th monkey. He ties in physics theories with ythe global mind and explains in a way that we mere mortals can grasp. read in the library, now I must own!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Beyond good reading! 14 Mar. 2003
By John Vestman - Published on
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This is an incredible book. Easy to read and still fresh and informative. With over 200 books and tapes in my library, this one sets a fundamental standard connecting the metaphysical with the scientific. This kind of connection is just a metaphor for what the world needs more of - a holistic, open-minded grasp of our inner and outer world(s). All the good-bad left-right black-white differences (that seem so important) melt when the insights in this book show that we are at the doorstep of Star Trek-level (and beyond) possibilities. Enjoy!
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I loved this book! 10 Jan. 2014
By Marquesa - Published on
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I am a big fan of the late Michael Talbot and I have all three of his books. He was looking for ways to explain his poltergeist experiences through physics and he had very good theories. The culmination of his books is The Holographic Universe. Read all three of his books if you can.
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