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David

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  • The Buddha and the Quantum: Hearing the Voice of Every Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Samuel Avery
    • Narrated By Samuel Avery
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    Are you seeking a deeper understanding of consciousness? Are you interested in meditation or currently practicing meditation? The Buddha and the Quantum is about the connection between meditation and physics. Many books show parallels between consciousness and physics; a few of these attempt to explain consciousness in terms of the physics of everyday experience. This is the only book that explains physics and the everyday world in terms of consciousness alone.

    private says: "Connects quantum theory to subjective experience"
    "Needs more research, less rambling"
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    What would have made The Buddha and the Quantum better?

    As both a Vipassana meditator and student of modern physics and cosmology through several of the excellent Audible books on these topics I was really hoping for more documented research and less new age speculation. Scientists such as Henry Stapp from Lawrence Berkely Laboratory have published scientific studies attempting to describe the neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) in terms of quantum processes occuring at the neuronal level. The German philosopher Thomas Mettizinger in his book, The Ego Tunnel provided a very interesting section on how long term meditation may penetrate the illusion of the self . This level of information would have better than the quasi-scientific musings of the author.
    Every since Bohr and Wigner developed the Coppenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics postulating the collapse of the probability wave through an act of observation it has been exploited as the bridge between the dualest worlds of the physical and the mental. I don't believe such a bridge is actually necessary since consciousness simply emerges from the underlying physical processes that adaptively evolved in the human species. In other words its all ultimately physical. The point Buddha was trying to make was that by following his prescription you didn't have to experience the suffering that inevitably comes with the software. He didn't get bogged down in natural philosophy (what we call science) since he didn't trust what he didn't personally experience. This would probably include atomic and quantum effects that occur at scales beyond our senses. The


    What could Samuel Avery have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More real research and less pseudo-analysis.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Samuel Avery’s performances?

    No


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
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    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "A Profile in Courage"
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    What did you love best about Beyond Belief?

    This book showed how the instinctive human desire for love and fulfillment can eventually overcome and triumph over the most pernicious and psychotic brainwashing ever conceived by sociopathic morons.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The level of detail that Jenna remembered about her experiences. It made it all the more vivid and painful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After listening to the painful chapters of systematic child abuse and exploitation at the hands of demented cult bullies it was so cathartic to hear Jenna in a perfect gesture of supreme definance take the phoney e-meter soup cans from her voyeuristic auditor and crush them under her foot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she was willing to sacrifice her life by jumping out the window unless the cult bullies produced her boyfriend, Dallas, whom they had imprisoned to brainwash and turn against her.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the dispassionate but no less shocking account of Scientology, Going Clear, by Lawrence Wright in addition to this book. This helps clarify some of the background shennanigans that were going on with David Miscaivage during and after LRH and the other cast of looneys that make up this sci-fi horror story. As Jenna points out you can't tell someone they are in a cult. They have to grasp it on their own.

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