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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books,U.S.; New edition edition (31 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083560845X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608459
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By val marling on 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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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.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
THE AHAH! BOOK 12 Jan 2003
By Patricia R. Guyton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was about four years old when I discovered that things die, and the outrage that I felt at this news has fueled a fifty year search to understand what we're doing here. This is not my only literary quest, but it is a big one, and it has taken me all over the map. When I studied relativity and quantum physics in college, I saw - 'through a glass darkly' - that this was an important piece of the puzzle, but real understanding eluded me. I just bought the The Visionary Window, and I knew almost immediately, that this, for me, was the Ahah! book - the one that brought all the pieces together. I recommend it highly.
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