The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001
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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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This guy is a MUCH better thinker than writer
30 March 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to think if I didn't understand a book, then it was ... me. I was too dense or stupid to absorb the author's brilliance. I no longer think that way, having read a lot more books and authors. Goswami has many top notch ideas, but ... he is AWFUL at expressing them. He can take a simple concept, and make it totally incomprehensible. I've read other quantum books that explained the double slit experiment, a critical concept in understanding quantum mechanics. I understood the experiment perfectly due to the clear explanation given by those authors. Goswami covers the exact same experiment, and no joke - I didn't have a CLUE what he was talking about. He did this with several other experiments that I had had beautifully clarified in other books - and this guy muddled them beyond belief. And so in the rest of his book, when he confuses ... I simply don't chalk it up to my feeble mind, or even to the complexity of the subject matter (and it is complex) --- I just don't think this guy writes well. Maybe some day, someone will come along, read and digest all his works, and issue a comprehensive REWRITE of his ideas. Now that I would enjoy.
Hurray for Amit Goswami's Book!
6 September 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
You know, I really want to give this a five star review because Amit seems to reveal many of my own intuitions about what quantum theory is telling us about ourselves and the universe. Since he was a physics professor and an expert in quantum physics, we can acknowledge his credentials to speak about quantum theory authoritatively. However, when he rushes to conclusions in areas outside of his expertise, such as religion and phylosophy; I want to wring his neck for sounding like a snake charmer hypnotizing his audience with new Indian rope tricks. Seriously, no scholarly treatment of the subjects at hand, but rudimentary dime novel journalism. What is it with guys like Amit and Chopra, when they have the most important message to deliver to the world and they come off like snake oil merchants. Other than that, this book is a solid reference to keep on hand in the coming war of world paradigms. Goodbye scientific materialism!
Of the many ways to explain reality this book's emphasis on old religious philosophy from India is needlessly complex.
20 August 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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I am attracted to the idea that physics and spirituality are aspects of the same reality but I think the author jumps to too many conclusions and needlessly emphasizes the terminologies of ancient religious philosophies from India. Someone used to such terms might enjoy the book. However, I lived in India and soon got tired of all the wordy warfare (a term the Buddha used) that seems to be part of the culture. I'm not saying this author is making wordy warfare, but I am saying I would prefer a presentation with more elegance and simplicity. The thing that bothered me the most was the conclusion that some quantum mechanics experiments prove a kind of 'spirituality' due to the fact that their outcomes are changed by the presence or absence of an observer. I think it more likely that there is just some aspect of those experiments that we still don't understand. Indeed, an obvious conclusion that might be drawn is that the physical process being observed is simply a unitary process which is not complete until it causes something else to happen - either an event associated with our attempts to observe it or some other event which completes things. Events which are not observed are probably events that have not yet been completed. An electron doesn't just fly through space waiting for us to observe it. I think it flies through space for some reason such as attraction to a positive charge. Since interrupting its flight changes the forces it is responding to, we should not be surprised that observing it affects it. I suspect everything is related to everything and we should be studying the relationship between the participants if we want to understand the 'movement' of individual participants. I have only had undergraduate physics. The book indicated that quantum mechanics addresses some of these issues. Perhaps those concepts should have somehow been included. Admittedly, I only had patience to read half of the book because of all the terminology from the religious philosophies of India. The book is certainly a good effort but I find it hard to digest.