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.
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“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)
Gave me some core new avenues to think on. Well thought out and carefully explained. Perhaps the only improvement would have been a performance by the author, but nevertheless felt the reader had a strong grasp of the author's intent.
Psychology, AI, and the neo-Darwinian process of evolution are all emergent level phenomena that are products of physics. They each, in turn, lead to the creation of a beginning of infinite knowledge. And you are always at the beginning of infinity.
Take your time, give this book the time it deserves! Amazing.
...a potpourri of interesting thoughts, ideas and stories which I just didn't see coming. One of my favorite books ... and I don't even like David. I wish I could erase everything I know from the book and start all over again !!!
Totally unpredictable from chapter to chapter.
The worst thing about the book is its title and cover by a landslide.
Every human should read/listen to this book. From quantum paradoxes to AI terror alleviation, this book has given me hope though problems are inevitable but saleable.
One of the reasons for downloading this as audiobook is to be able to multi-task while listening. During the first few chapters were easy, after around chapter 3, it gets more complex and requires full time attention.
I would have preferred to buy this as an ebook instead.
Words can express how much I love this book. I listened to it over the course of three weeks while in traffic, driving to work every day. It's changed how I think about things, this should be required reading for all humans
Superficially this book seems to meander through disparate topics such as cosmology, political science, aesthetics, evolution and philosophy, but upon careful reading, it definitely has a central thesis. The central thesis is about the fundamental nature of explanations, the process of creating good explanations, and the central role that humans play in the cosmos because of our unique ability among creatures to create explanations.
This book has been the most influential on my thinking bar none.
truly an amazing clarification of what is happening inside of creativity, science and progress. no other thinker I have read has shown the potential of man so well. read it
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