I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
This was a philosophy book that covered a wide range of human thought and brought them into an easily measureable framework. For a while, I thought this was going to be an odd sort of wash your brain with collective non-sense book, but then realized I was looking for fallacies in the interpretation that may not have actually been there. Either way, aside from the we-they collective load of hogwash, the rest of the book was excellent.
One problem for sure was in one example. The author implied that people's thought was the causation of some sort of electronic measurement. The supposed proof was that during a mass media event, a lot of people interpret the same information at a given time, and the people's information intake somehow changes scientific properties of reality. She mentioned some laboratory, and some electronic measurement equipment registering measures. She didn't say what was measured, and only implied that the people's thought somehow caused the measurement from some mystical brainpower of theirs. Of course, in reality, if a whole city is watching television, there will be a larger wattage drain and thus more magnetic flux from energy distribution lines, higher luminosity from televisions on average, louder volumes and decibels, and maybe some sort of odd drain on broadcast or cable amplifiers. But this book didn't say that, and tried to leave the reader thinking Mr. and Mrs. Egospam and her cronies were capable of blasting thought through some dimension of space to make people interpret his or her majestic opinions as science. This is how propaganda is designed, which is a worthless for thought, and I was amazed at the boldness of claiming tangible changes to reality based on television propaganda. I didn't really like this, but was glad to see the ludicrousness of the claims so I could logically render impossible any such perceptions.
So aside from the odd mix of social psychology and physics, the book had a lot of great information that was almost objective. Studies of abstract and concrete thought were discussed, along with religions, beliefs, and philosophies. The concepts of "I", "You", "We", "They", and such were developed with various philosophies. Some philosophies compared and contrasted inner thought with materials of the world. Human anatomy and psychology was briefly covered. These sort of ideas got me thinking about how daily habits and interactions with reality shape perceptions. This is especially true with driving reflexes where time is a concern, but such conditions can be modified through effort and concentration.
Okay, this starts out very interesting but then turns into a bit of a hippie diatribe. It also blames a lot of victims for their situation. It comes down to using modern quantum theory to justify the position of some mystics. I'm not saying I disagree, but that's what the book's about.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
Admittedly, I couldn't finish this book. I had a number of problems with it, content-driven and otherwise:
1. An audiobook adaptation for this film/book is awkward. Much of the text is quotes from various luminaries; much of the rest of it comprises the perspectives of the various authors. The "author" of the quote or perspective is listed at the bottom of the text; however, when that is read to you, you are left wondering when this particular person's quote began and how it relates to the other perspectives in the book. It comes through disjointed as you are unable to assign particular feelings to particular people.
2. I mistook the description of the book. This was a disappointment, but was mostly my fault. To clarify: this is about the spirituality of consciousness, topics unexplained by modern science, and the wonder that quantum physics may begin to hint at. It is not well defined by its title. It is not about epistemology. More accurately: it is about what we don't know, but rather what nifty assumptions we can make based of quantum mechanics.
3. I am a skeptic. This is not a book for skeptics. It may be interesting for people trying to meld science and spirituality. In this respect it wasn't for me. The problem here is that it goes from describing actual quantum theory to quantum spirituality without really describing the point when it went "wheels up." People unfamiliar with quantum mechanics might not recognize when the authors depart accepted theory.
And now, if you will indulge me, here is where I'll get a little petty:
4. Every sentence, mundane or wondrous, seems to end with an unspoken, "or did I just blow your mind?" It is very annoying. Not every thought they have is profound, but I'll be damned if they aren't trying to make it sound that way. They often pose questions that are sometimes insightful and sometimes silly, but always ending with a tone of admiration for their own profundity. I'd ask them this: "When I roll my eyes at you, do my eyes actually move or do they stand still while the rest of the universe turns upside down?"
5. The authors begin the introduction by claiming that they were surprised by the critiques they received from the skeptical scientific community. This is disingenuous in the extreme. It becomes apparent in the first chapter that they are basically decrying science for its failure to explain everything. They present a weak, loaded and invalid argument to portray science as a religion, claiming it is an orthodoxy just like any other. Modern scientists are no different from ancient animists. There is no respect for the scientific method being a process of hypothesis, experimentation, empirical data collection, and replication. Scientists are just priests of the orthodoxy that they have inherited .
No kidding, they were critical? You don't say.
If it hadn't been written.
I don't know
What a waste
It was recommended to me by someone else. I won't pick another like it.
This work, written in part by a 35000 year old Lemurian, is groundbreaking in the sense that it brings a heretofore uncharted dimension to the concepts 'speculate','conjecture' and 'jump to conclusion'.
I love hearing this, over and over again.
I have viewed the films, What The Bleep, and
Down the Rabbit Hole.
I love to listen to this, so I can deepen my understanding
of this vast subject; Quantum Physics -- made as understandable
as possible. Many brilliant minds contribute to
this wonderful work of art.