Mysticism And The New Physics by Michael TalbotMysticism And The New Physics by Michael Talbot

Mysticism And The New Physics

byMichael Talbot

Paperback | August 3, 1993

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Nowhere is the “paradigm shift”—the radical change of perspective that is sweeping the Western world—advancing so rapidly as in physics. Mystics and “idealists” have always propounded the idea that the world is an illusion. Now quantum physics is putting forward theories that reinforce this belief.

Until recently, the empirical approach of physicists such as Newton has taught us that the world exists with or without human consciousness to observe it. But we can never be totally objective about reality. The human mind, with all its preconceived notions and prejudices, always intrudes, even in the most scientific of experiments, making true objectivity impossible to achieve.

The new physicists state that reality is a combination of the laws of the physical world, quantifiable and unequivocal, and the subjective viewpoint of the observer. This “omnijective view” of the universe challenges all our most deeply held scientific beliefs and could radically change the way we view reality in the future. As our constructs are amended to this shift in approach, we can anticipate monumental changes in Western thought.
Michael Talbot was an author and prominent figure in the quantum mysticism movement. Originally a science-fiction author and writer for the Village Voice, he rose to prominence with his nonfiction works, including Mysticism and the New Physics, Beyond the Quantum, and The Holographic Universe. He died in 1992.
Title:Mysticism And The New PhysicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.78 × 5.1 × 0.47 inPublished:August 3, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Holo-What??? This book is, for lack of a better word, amazing. When my mom left it on my bed one day, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was pleased that the opening paragraph included a mention of Star Wars, but was even more pleasantly surprised that such a technically based book would be so easy for the layman to understand. The first few chapters are a explanation of the basic theory, along with pictures and diagrams to explain the basis behind the thought. Points are made clearly and succinctly, with care taken not to be repetitive, but not to move on until the reader understands the concept thoroughly. After reading through the book only once (I am now on my second reading), I could easily quote selections, and apply the concept to new circumstances every day. Using this knowledge I could tell others about it with "real-life" evidence, and can have educated, intelligent discussion with others who share my interest. I have never been able to absorb what I read to that extent before. I attribute this exception to the readable, understandable way that Talbot unfolds the fascinating theories and support for his concept of reality. This book has changed my life and the way I think. I would recommend this to anyone willing to think outside the lines, if there is such a thing...
Date published: 2000-08-19

Table of Contents

Mysticism and the New PhysicsIntroduction

Chapter One: Observer and Participant
Heinsenberg's Uncertainty Principle
The myth of casuality
Schrödinger's cat
Von Neumann's catastrophe of infinite regression
The Copenhagen collapse
Consciousness as the hidden variable
Self-reference cosmologies
The participator principle
The structure of matter may not be independent of consciousness
The garden of the forking paths
The many worlds hypothesis

Chapter Two: A Holographic Model of Consciousness
The existence of consciousness
The interconnection of all portions of the brain
The quantum principle
Causality and holism
The fields of life
The human biocomputer
Cognitional multi-dimensional projection spaces
A holographic model of consciousness
The light inside the head
The bootstrap theory
The reality-structurer
Fields, within fields, within fields


Chapter Three: Superspace
Fire walkers
The world of the very small
Waves and particles
The limits of our language
The curvature of space
Physics is geometry
The quantum foam
Miniblackholes and miniwhiteholes
Wormholes in the fabric of space-time
Particles as undulations in the nothingness
The quantum interconnectedness of the universe
The space-time code
The chromosomes of matter
Existences or essences?
The superhologram of reality

Chapter Four: Beyond the Light Cone
Beyond space-time
Frames of reference
The active future and the passive past
Impossible world lines
The light cone
Tachyons and faster-than-light particles
No future, no past, no time
Positrons seen as electrons scattered backwards through time
The time ordering of events

Chapter Five: The Shape of Time
An encounter with the Euphrates
The shape of time
Backwards movies of the future
Time symmetry and butterflies embedded in glass
An indefinite number of pasts
The interpenetrating universes
Memories of the future
The prophecies of Quetzalcoatl
Extraterrestrial anthropology
Hyperspace and hypertime
A new look at archetypal information
A very strange Euphrates, indeed


Chapter Six: Tantra and Quantum Theory
Superspace versus the akasa
Nada and bindu
Lines of the magnetic field and the hairs of Siva
Lines of force trapped in the topology of space
Miniblackholes predicted in the ancient texts
Puckers in the fabric of space-time
Quantum interconnectedness and omnijectivity
The world as consciousness

Chapter Seven: The Interpenetrating Universes
The miracle of Fatima
Mass hallucinations and folie à deux
Flying saucers and globes of light
The "out there"
Primitive people unable to see photographs
The environment as we perceive it is our invention
Do cognitive processes compute wristwatches?
What is "out there"?
A dying demon
Sustaining the vision
No world available to direct touch
The nagual and the tonal of don Juan
Areas of constructive interference
The yoga of the dream state
"Man's mind mirrors a universe which mirrors man's mind"
The world is a dream
Peeking into infinity
Chapter Eight: The Reality-Structurer
On the slopes of the Himalayas
Yoga of the psychic heat
Tulpas and projections of the mind
The dance of chöd
Visualizing mental formations
Metaprogramming the biocomputer
Beyond god
Our word-build world
The energy centers of the human nervous system
The serpent power
A "biological basis for religion"
The gradation of planes of consciousness

Chapter Nine: The New Cosmology
The cosmic game of hide-and-seek
Black Elk speaks
The ultimate reality
Astral cities and journeys out of the body
Locale II
Structural entities and functional entities
Transactions with reality
Deceased spirits or split personalities?
The act of participation
Choosing cosmic eggs
Almighty powers shut in nature's cells
The game of Tlön
In search of the fantastic
Reality enclaves
The evolution of the human mind
Matter-space-time as a cosmic brain
The "childlike laughter of the infinite"

An Afternote on Language
Zen proverbs
Imparting no information
Discrimination is meaning
Games Zen Masters play
Thinking with words
Thinking without words
The holographic components of thought
Beyond all words and symbols

Afterword to the 1992 Edition Mysticism and the New Physics Revisited
How this book came to be written
What has changed today
The most important experiment of the century
Garage mechanics at the edge of a precipice
Passion at a distance
Nonlocal fish and the universe as a seamless whole
Using quantum interconnectedness as an intergalatic telegraph system
Other important developments - a chapter by chapter update

Glossary of Scientific Terms
For Further Reading

From Our Editors

Mystics have long held that the physical world is an illusion. This book shows how quantum physics is putting forward ideas that confirm this perception