A hopeful and controversial view of the universe and ourselves based on the principles of quantum physics, offering a way of making our lives and the world better, with a foreword by Deepak Chopra.
In Infinite Potential, physical chemist Lothar Schäfer presents a stunning view of the universe as interconnected, nonmaterial, composed of a field of infinite potential, and conscious. With his own research as well as that of some of the most distinguished scientists of our time, Schäfer moves us from a reality of Darwinian competition to cooperation, a meaningless universe to a meaningful one, and a disconnected, isolated existence to an interconnected one. In so doing, he shows us that our potential is infinite and calls us to live in accordance with the order of the universe, creating a society based on the cosmic principle of connection, emphasizing cooperation and community.
©2013 Lothar Schäfer (P)2013 Random House Audio
"When quantum physics emerged in the 20th century, many of its grand architects believed it held valuable lessons for how we lead our lives. In Infinite Potential, Dr. Lothar Schäfer shows why. What emerges is not just a beautiful exposition of modern physics, but a powerful bridge that connects science, psychology, and spirituality. One cannot be a proper citizen of the 21st century without an awareness of the lessons in this gem of a book." (Larry Dossey, MD, author of Reinventing Medicine, The Power of Premonitions, and The One Mind)
"In this learned and daring analysis of the revolution in quantum physics, Lothar Schäfer opens a door that cannot be closed: Science is teaching us that the world, and our role in it, is malleable to human choice and awareness. This radical truth, as Schäfer explores, may shift our sense of possibility and self-conception in the 21st century in a manner similar to how Darwinism challenged human perceptions in the Victorian Age." (Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America and One Simple Idea: The Secret History of How Positive Thinking Reshaped America)
No. It's thought provoking non-sense.
It doesn't need a follow up it needs a rewrite. The initial ideas and theories are quite intriguing but the author wastes the potential by pushing a faulty story. He clearly had a conclusion in mind and wrapped and twists facts and ideas in support of the conclusion. A real scientist would let the evidence lead to the conclusion not the other way around.
I would be particular to whom I recommended this book.
No. But this book is an example of someone turning science into a belief system or in support of a believe system.
The author starts out as a scientist and then makes monumental jumps in logic and belief. What is mentioned as a scientific possibility early in the book becomes a premise for spiritual assumptions later in the book. Quantum theory is a squishy basis for concluding that the universe is a mind. I love the idea but Mayer is making so many twists of language and scientific theory to make his idea a truth that I find his logic faulty. There is a lot of wishful thinking in his statements.
You can't jump back and forth from the invisible quantum world to the field of ethics and morality so easily. I would have enjoyed it more if he continued on the scientific side. Actually, he was doing a pretty good job trying to describe quantum theory - - if that's possible.
DO NOT purchase this book if you are at all familiar with quantum physics
I got this as a "recommended for you" based on my previous purchases...oops! I wish I had spent a few moments looking at the reviews before clicking the purchase button!
Real science book of any kind, mathematics, biography, or maybe some poetry or an art book of some kind. This kind of nonsensical touchy feely crystal energy pseudoscience drives me crazy!
Performance was OK, content is....well, absent is probably the most accurate description.
Disappointment- story is mostly nonsense- I could not finish listening to it. Trashed it.
Not my cup of tea. It is a New Age type of philosophical treatise that makes nonsensical connections and attempts to make some 'self-help' recommendations based on poor interpretation of the science, and this book has no business being under the physics classification. It should be under Religion or Philosophy or something else, I'm not really sure where it belongs, but definitely DO NOT purchase this book if you are at all familiar with quantum physics. In my opinion, there is no useful scientific information in this book, but it may have some relevance to those who are interested in New Age stuff, just slightly more meaningful than "crystal energy" or using the Zodiac to predict your future. Bottom Line: NOT PHYSICS
This is a remarkable, fascinating, and inspirational book. So good, in fact, that I'm going to buy a hard copy. As a physician I love the way he melds heart and mind, soul and body.
It's not the easiest read, and you do have to think a bit, unlike a David Balducci novel, for instance (I do like his novels, BTW). But you don't have to be a scientist to follow his thinking.
I would recommend it most highly to anyone with a philosophical and/or scientific bent.
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