A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach, according to Deutsch: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve. In his previous book, The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch describe the four deepest strands of existing knowledge-the theories of evolution, quantum physics, knowledge, and computation-arguing jointly they reveal a unified fabric of reality. In this new book, he applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and future of the human species.
Filled with startling new conclusions about human choice, optimism, scientific explanation, and the evolution of culture, The Beginning of Infinity is a groundbreaking audio book that will become a classic of its kind.
©2011 David Deutsch (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
“Provocative and persuasive…Mr. Deutsch’s previous tome, The Fabric of Reality, took a broad-ranging sweep…The Beginning of Infinity is equally bold, addressing subjects from artificial intelligence to the evolution of culture and of creativity; its conclusions are just as profound." (The Economist)
Many Worlds in One: The Search for Other UniversesThought-provoking. Informed by cosmology.
Made it much easier for me to follow the author's extended chains of reasoning.
Somewhere around mid Chapter 4, when the relentless series of insights started to come together.
Making me rethink what we know and what we can do about it.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
“Wired” titled an article naming David Deutsch “The Father of Quantum Computing”–Deutsch is a British physicist and information’ scientist at the University of Oxford. “The Beginning of Infinity” is Deutsch’s most recent publication. Deutsch argues that history shows that all problems are solvable. By inference, Deutsch assures humanity’s survival.
Deutsch refuses to accept the parental guide of- Because I said so – because it clogs the human minds’ efforts to refine its search for knowledge. It is better to give a wrong explanation rather than clog the machine with dead-end pronouncements. A wrong answer leads to further questions that lead to discovery of truth. Skeptic refusal to accept “Because I said so” encourages the human machines’ search engine.
There is a perverse implication in Deutsch’s hypothesis. The persistence and precision of computers will likely replace the human brain. With the advent of artificial intelligence, the human mind’s role in discovery becomes less potent, if not impotent, in the face of tireless computers and infinite computer power. The new meme will be “What does the computer say is the truth”. The danger is that the computer is saying “Because I said so”
This was extremely boring. I kept having the feeling that he wasn't getting to the point. He seemed to keep talking in circles. This book was extremely abstract, perhaps that is what I didn't like about it. If that is what you are going for, then you will probably like this book.
The extreme ability to make simple even the most complicated scientific points.
The Good Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. In a way these two books make the scientific point of the absurdity of god's existence.
His narration is very clear and makes easy to understand difficult complex given his ability to emphasize the necessary words.
The multiple universes we live in.
Dr. David Deutsch has an encyclopedic knowledge and clarity of our universes...
Deutsch does exhibit a panoramic knowledge of various aspects of history, philosophy, myth, etc.; however, his grasp is quite flawed - full of holes, as it were. For example, he locates the roots of science in vague philosophical currents flowing through the the
How does a
Unless you have just arrived in our time from the fifteenth century, or emerged out of a worm-hole in space-time from an intellectually starved parallel universe, you should avoid buying this largely worthless, mediocre compendium of self-indulgent frippery. And even if you have, you could easily find more profitable ways of wasting your time.
Deutsch makes a lot of clear-seeming argument for his point, that Explanation (specifically the ability of Humans to form *good* explanations) is Cosmically Significant.
I would not recommend it to anyone because it is a very long, repetitive series of claims for his main point, which he never actually substantiates - it is a tremendously long statement that He, David Deutsch, thinks this idea is true....but the authority for his point(s) are not in the logic of his argument.....Quite disappointing.
There are no 'scenes' in this book.....why is this a question??
His knowledge of evolution could be more up to date. But, his message of motion v static in the universe and on Earth was fantastic.
Liked the narrator. Would not read another Deutsch book.
Out of over 150 Audible books, I have only given up on one, and that was of poor audio quality. This may be number 2. The book was recommended by an Audible Email. I don't really know why. It reads like a college text book. Jumps from subject to subject. One interesting tid bit in a chapter.
People who are not widely read in the sciences would appreciate this book as a primer on the big ideas.
I bought it as i thought it was a discussion of big ideas, which it was, but all the ideas I had heard of and read of in depth before.
The reader sounded like a computer recording, or Steven hawkings.
Disappointment that it wasn't something deeper.
It goes far beyond science, it challenges stablished philosophies about knowledge and its origin and future. Come in with an open mind for it will challenge or shatter most people's misconceptions about our world and the future. It is the most important book about science and philosophy I've read so far.
Richard Dawkins 'The Greatest Show on Earth' and Leonard Suskind's 'Black Hole Wars'.
I have not listen to other performances by the narrator but I will like too now!
There were several moments in the book that moved me but I would say that Socrate's dialogue with Hermes and the chapters about the origin and roles of meme's and creativity cemented my opinion of this book.
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