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5.0 out of 5 stars The Merging of Science and Mysticism, 18 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism: 25th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
This book weaves a magical spell over the reader who is fascinated by both science and mysticism. It covers both in great depth and detail. The essential teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Zen are carefully distilled and the unifying principles of these paths are identified. The one characteristic all these '-isms' share is the awareness of unity of the connectedness of the whole. Capra compares and contrasts classical and modern physics while integrating the mystical truths as discovered in these religions. It is a daunting undertaking but he succeeds with aplomb! The close parallels between Eastern mysticism and modern physics (quantum physics) is amazing - each approaches reality from a different starting point but arrives at the same place. Capra writes about the cosmic dance of particle, energy, and consciousness - highly complex topics, in a very readable manner. He touches upon Geoffrey Chew's S-matrix theory (bootstrap philosophy) and Bohm's theory of Implicate Order. He calls the paradigm shift we are experiencing "a crisis of perception" from which all problems in the world arise. The manner in which scientific ideas are interspersed with mystical concepts is truly astonishing! Fritjof Capra manages to precipitate the essential kernal of truth from apparent divergent viewpoints ...This is a great book for anyone exploring the relationship of the rational scientific view and mysticism, i.e., the spiritual journey. This is a very valuable book for the modern world. Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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4.0 out of 5 stars FOOD FOR THOUGHT, 3 Jan. 2001
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism: 25th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
I can understand why this enlightening book achieved cult status as it is an excellent exposition of some real correspondences that had probably never before been pointed out. Having known very little on the physics side, it has certainly taught me a lot and I am sure these parallels will become even more obvious with advances in the studey of quantum physics. Tao was a great pleasure to read as the author takes pains to be clear and understandable, and the book is lavishly illustrated with plates and drawings. I fround the section on the I Ching hexagrams of particular interest. Dana Zohar's The Quantum Self is a good choice to read at the same time, whilst "Tao" also further stimulated my interest in sacred geometry
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parallels are not equivalents., 22 May 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tao of Physics (Audio CD)
There are many solid books on connections and continuity in history and religion and physics. However, Jacob Bronowski, "The Ascent of Man", would turn me over in my grave if he found out that I was reading such books as this. There are too many quasi science quasi religion books that want to take some principle and reinterpret it to be a New age truth or prove the some old blind philosopher beat us too it for example (The Seat of the Soul.)

Dr. Capra is drawing parallels in two fields and not trying to say, "See I told you so". He takes the time and pages to describe the science and does a good job of distilling complex religions down to single chapters. I leave it up to Dr. Capra and you to determine if there really is any parallel. A parallel does not mean equivalents. If you are a Gary Zukav sort of person, this book will not help you at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as left field as the tittle implies., 25 Dec. 2000
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism: 25th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
Jacob Bronowski, "The Ascent of Man", would turn me over in my grave if he found out that I was reading such books as this. There are too many quasi science quasi religion books that want to take some principle and reinterpret it to be a New age truth or prove the some old blind philosopher beat us too it for example (The Seat of the Soul.) Dr. Capra is drawing parallels in two fields and not trying to say "see I told you so". He takes the time and pages to describe the science and also does a pretty good job of distilling complex religions down to single chapters. I leave it up to Dr. Capra and you to determine if there really is any parallel. If you are a Gary Zukav sort of person this book will not help you at all.
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