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An amazing book to question your view of reality,
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This review is from: The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Paperback)
Firstly let me say that I am not someone who accepts or believes anything blindly and would not consider myself a gullible new age person yet this book has had a huge impact on my beliefs about the world and even the universe, confirming in some instances many things I had read elsewhere and dovetailing too perfectly them to be mere coincidence (Zen, Fuzzy Thinking, spiritual healing, Taoism)
In a nutshell this book confirms (as crazy as this may sound to many) that our minds are not separate from matter but have a direct connection and influence on matter. The book provides an incredibly convincing case for this through the presentation of countless rigidly controlled experiments carried out by many reputable scientists.
These scientists have discovered through the relatively new branch of science of quantum physics many things which eastern philososophies have been saying for thousands of centuries about duelism: Mind and matter are not seperate but are one and the same.
I was particularly immpressed with the way everything is backed up by detailed descriptions of the way the experiments were conducted (though some of the scientific terminology can be a little daunting at times) leaving little room for counter arguments. I don't doubt there would be many scientists who would dispute the results of these experiments because they do not fit into their own classical view of the universe and are a threat to it but this is nothing new in science where thinking outside the Newtonian box is frowned upon and considered heresy. So please do not be put off by the negative comments a few reviewers have given (I don't understand how they can ignore the controlled experiments)
There were many things in this book which amazed me especially the chapter on the nature of Time. Also the information about how scientist have discovered that as soon as you try to analyse or observe the very smallest elements of matter, it immediately takes on a new form. It's as though observation sets our world in stone. The startling implications of this are that our perception creates reality.
I am trying to get everyone who will listen to me to read this book it is a fantastic book. If you are interested in this book I would also reccommend: "The Tao of Physics", "The Holographic Universe", "The Hidden Messages in Water" and "Fuzzy Thinking"