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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (26 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059509175X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595091751
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,390,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

EDWARD R. CLOSE, Ph.D. received a bachelor's degree from Central Methodist College in physics/mathematics and philosophy. Graduate work was completed at a number of universities, including UCLA and Johns Hopkins University. He has written four books about the significance of relativity and quantum mechanics to the scientific study of consciousness.

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This book, by Edward R. Close, is an attempt to make use of the calculus of distinctions, first developed by George Spencer Brown, to somehow unify physics through the missing element of consciousness. It is based on the premise that since a quantum, e.g. photon, electron, does not exist until a measurement is made, e.g. a photgraphic plate seen by an observer, that the final arbiter of reality is consciousness itself. This appears true since no matter how many "objects" are used to define a measurement each of these objects are also made up of quantum particles and again none of these exist until measured either. To avoid an infinite regress a consciousness is supposed to exist which is itself not made up of quantum particles, the so-called primordial consciousness. However, there are some weaknesses in this idea, one is that this kind of solution to the infinite regress is not the only one, another is a way to perform a cyclic link which does not require the "interference" of such a consciousness. Then each quantum object becomes its own measurement. In addition, there is no explanation as to how this consciousness can in fact connect to a quantum particle if it is itself not made of matter or energy, a similar problem that Descartes encountered.

The idea that the universe as such is constructed through a set of distinctions is valid and it also applies as a possible way to construct the very basis of pure mathematics. For example, set theory already presupposes a set of distinct elements, in other words a distinction must first be made. A mathematics dealing with such distinctions would be a valuable asset to mathematics and eventually to physics as well.

However Close does not really show convincingly how this is to be done.
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HASH(0x9a57ff78) out of 5 stars An intellectual thrill 7 April 2000
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This was one of my all-time favorite books, and I'm surprised and disappointed to find it out of print. The topic - the link between matter and consciousness - is intrinsically fascinating, and any attempt to explain it represents an ambitious undertaking which the author handles quite well. Although I'm not an expert in quantum physics I do have some background, and found this book persuasive and fun to read.
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HASH(0x9a5833fc) out of 5 stars Excellent book on the topic.. 11 May 2001
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This book dives into the idea of consciousness being primary. The basic stuff of the universe. I really liked the book and it aligns with and expands my own thoughts on the matter. I really liked the ideas showing consciousness as existing prior to the first particle of the big bang. He really gets it here. An excellent read for students of consciousness studies--even if you are not that interested in the subject matter. He makes it very interesting. I have had faith for some time that science will show the existence of God, or what we call God. Close definitely builds a road in this direction with this book! Highly recommended.
yours sincerely, Steven E. Romer
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5833a8) out of 5 stars interesting read. 5 Sept. 2013
By Milton Grasle - Published on Amazon.com
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It's refreshing to read something where the author is committed to the truth. Many scientist, or most scientist, are so bound up with an extremely narrow view of the scientific method that they never consider anything outside of that realm. I'm not saying that Ed Close doesn't follow the scientific method when analyzing his subject. He does that, but he also is open-minded enough to go a step father and ask some very important and hard questions about the true nature of reality. This book is worth reading.
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HASH(0x9a58336c) out of 5 stars Dr. Ed Close: Paradigm Shifter Extraordinaire 7 Aug. 2000
By Robert T. Krone, Jr., CLU, ChFC - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Ed Close: Paradigm Shifter Extraordinaire "In his blockbuster book, 'Transcendental Physics,' Dr. Ed Close shines the Light of Truth on his own de-bunking of the traditional, limiting world views of physics and consciousness. Through his methodical series of traditional, and non-traditional, yet bullet-proof, mathematical theorems and proofs and The Calculus of Distinctions (which he developed in 1986), Dr. Close exhibits that he is, undisputably, the new heavyweight champion of the world of physics and the noetic sciences. Pseudo-scientists and mathematicians, agnostics and atheists, and all theological idiots in pin-striped suits are now scientifically exposed for what they are (and are not). Dr. Close is truly a logistician's logistician, a mathematician's mathematician, a physicist's physicist, a scientist's scientist, and a polymath's polymath. His four decades of thought and meditation have been carefully distilled and fractionated into the Essential Oils of Truth and have culminated in a masterful work, 'Transcendental Physics,' that will cause Dr. Close to go down in history as 'Doctor Universe,' and one of the truly Great Thinkers of All Time, a Scientific Paradigm Shifter alongside the likes of Sir Isaac Newton and Dr. Albert Einstein." -- Bob Krone, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Certified Lymphologist, Web Site Developer, Writer, Computer Scientist, Musician, and Composer.
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HASH(0x9a5833cc) out of 5 stars NOT A BOOK BASED ON FACTS 10 July 2013
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When writing a book you must back up your claims. This book backs nothing. A very disappointing book. Do not waste your money.
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