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The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment
 
 

The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment [Kindle Edition]

Amit Goswami , Deepak Chopra
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After almost a century of using quantum physics to delve into mystery of matter, it is clear that by itself it is not complete; the conscious observer is necessary to complete it. Thus opens the visionary window, introducing into science the idea of consciousness as the ground of all being and the metaphysical basis for a new paradigm...
—Adapted from the Preface

Does God exist? Can spirituality be integrated with science? Is happiness possible? Do miracles really happen? Not only does The Visionary Window answer " yes" to all of these questions, but it skillfully combines the fields of philosophy, cosmology, religion, and psychology to form a new way of thinking about science and spirituality.

Stepping beyond the classic work of prominent seventies physicist Fritjof Capra, Goswami details his own pioneering exploration of science and spirit, revealing the complete integration between modern science and spiritual traditions. Using stories and colorful examples from pop culture, Goswami addresses complex issues in language and terminology easily accessible to the lay reader. He provides quantum physics-based theory and new experimental data verifying the metaphysical truth that exists when employed in the context of a new science, science within the primacy of consciousness.

With a new holistic worldview, Goswami also discusses the creativity of the body to self heal; the power of spiritual practice and how to choose a meditative path; and the five stages of spiritual growth, culminating in the ability to transcend the physical laws of nature. Readers, scientists and spiritual leaders alike will find answers to many of life’s deepest mysteries.

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This text examines scientific intelligence reconciled with spiritual knowledge. Using references from Einstein to Forest Gump, the author shows how consciousness affects matter, and how science can explain spiritual practice. Mystics through the ages have encountered this same phenomenon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books (19 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835630218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835630214
  • ASIN: B00AQ3WP0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the ultimate truth? 14 May 2013
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this book not only looks at the commonality between eastern spirituality and the quantum theory of western science but gives a cogent model of self referential consciousness that explains both the existence of everything and the awareness of everything! a sweeping statement yes, but it really is thought provoking on the most fundamental questions of existence and awareness, without belittling alternative views or faiths. he has the precision of a scientist and the creative vision of an artist. a privelage to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Visionary Window 15 Jan 2001
By Deb Dorff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Unlike Dr. Goswami's other books, which often meander and seem too technical for a layperson, this book is extremely well-written and easy for anyone interested in the new physics and spirituality to understand. This is a fascinating account of exactly how quantum physics might be used to explain such complex spiritual phenomenon as reincarnation, karma, shaktipat, the chakras and physical death. Dr. Goswami's father was a Hindu guru in India. However,as a small boy hiding in an English library during the Indian War of Independence, his son read all of Einstein's works and began a lifelong journey to find explanations in the laws of physics for the most mysterious spiritual tenets of the ancient Upanishads. Today, Dr. Goswami teaches quantum physics at the University of Oregon, and is a scholar in residence at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Consequently, he seems the most qualified of the "new physicists" to integrate Eastern spirituality with Western science. This books offers people in the West nothing less than a real opportunity to understand God, and, as such, is probably the most spectacular book you'll ever read.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consciousness--The ground of all being 12 Aug 2007
By David J. Kreiter - Published on Amazon.com
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Seventy years after the quantum revolution began, Amit Goswami peered through the visionary window to behold a truth that Eastern traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism have known for centuries: "Consciousness is the ground of all being". For him this revelation synthesized the two disciplines of science and spirituality.

Traditional Western science has treated consciousness as an epiphenomenon of matter, an emergent property of the brain. But Goswami insists that this produces a paradox. If consciousness is necessary for decoherence, the process by which quantum possibilities become reality, how is it possible that consciousness can arise from the very material consciousness creates?

If however, we turn this idea on its head, and show that matter is an epiphenomenon of consciousness, then the paradox disappears. Matter is within consciousness. "We don't have consciousness, rather consciousness has us" (52). It is only because of our memory that we have a secondary awareness, which creates the illusion that consciousness is an individual experience.

A universal consciousness helps explain some quantum decoherence experiments in which a conscious observer has been illiminated from the experiment. For example, in an experiment called the "Quantum Pinball (Scientific American, November 1991) the results showed that just the mere possibility that knowledge could be gained, was sufficient to collapse the quantum potential into reality.
Another advantage emerges from the hypothesis that consciousness is the ground of all being. It once and for all relieves us of the anthropocentric burden that the univese was created just for us. It isn't our own consciousness that has brought us into being, but rather the result of the constant self-referential communication between universal consciousness and matter, in an endless scurring toward greater and greater complexity and meaning.

In the last portion of the book, Amit Goswami includes chapters on subjects such as reincarnation, angels, and quantum healing. If this makes you queasy, rest assured, Goswami is a physicist to the core. This book was well worth the read, and a very good follow-up to his book, "The Self-Aware Universe" (see my review on Amazon).

This review by David Kreiter, author of Quantum Reality: A New Philosophical Perspective.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Unification of Eastern and Western thought. 18 Oct 2001
By Tony Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Many students of philosophy understand and appreciate both
Western materialist philosophies and Eastern philosophies
more centered on consciousness. Like looking at an atom,
and looking at a galaxy, these two philosophies needed a
middleground to connect them
In this book, Goswami is the first person ever to unify
the two seemingly disparate ideologies. He provides the
middleground in a way that books like "The Tao of Physics"
fail to do. (They only "hint" at the connection).
I am very happy that I bought this book.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended reading for students of physics 9 Jun 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
With his insightful and occasionally inspiring observations and commentaries integrating the spiritual with the scientific, Amit Goswami's The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide To Enlightenment to present a new scientific paradigm placing human values as paramount. He shows how the principles embedded and revealed through the new science of quantum physics can help the reader tap into an inner creativity, deepen spirituality, and life a life of liberation and fulfillment. The Visionary Window is very highly recommended reading for students of physics, metaphysics, and spirituality.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality grasping for acceptance in science 23 Oct 2007
By Remco D. Van Santen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a truely remarkable read that makes the connection of eastern beliefs and quantum physics like Fritjof Capra's, "The Tao of Physics". It is written by someone who has a thorough grounding in Hindu tradition and ancient beliefs and the basis of his PhD, quantum physics. The spiritual beliefs are remarkably well reviewed in the rigorous manner of a scientist that Goswami is by profession.

Basically this is a review of beliefs and his theses on consciousness but the link to quantum physics are wishy washy and his own concepts. To wit just a few.
P 118: "Perhaps the best evidence of the quantum nature of thought, however, is its nonlocality, as demonstrated in telephathy" Really? Telepathy is still contentious and not substantiated and not referenced in his book.
p 157: Goswami responds to a question of whether there are scientists that support cosmology as science. He responds with a reference to "several international conferences..." without naming them or anyone in particular.
p 158. A similar question about biologists who have proposed ideas similar to his own whereupon he refers to his own books and citing just one man, contentious in his right, Rupert Sheldrake.
Elsewhere he often refers to unpublished papers, conversations and unreferenced citations.

Yet Goswami raises significant questions and solutions even if the connections between the beliefs and modern science upon which this book is based are weak and for these, I am still giving it 4 stars. After all, cutting edge evolution cannot always rely on previous research. Einstein only had theory in 1918. I learned much about the nature of the core religions and beliefs even if the links to quantum physics are at best, weak.
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