On Alex Comfort’s Reality & Empathy: Physics, Mind and Science in the 21st Century.


Reactions to the intrinsically human obsession to grasp the world of experience in purely intellectual terms have been two-fold: either to extol it as the only instru­ment from arriving at the  Truth (because of its fruitful and exploitable results); or to condemn it as being grossly limited (because it often tends to debunk our cherished beliefs and emotionally satisfying convictions). This book is an effort to bring some order into the chaos of conflicting perceptions that the human brain is capable of. It transforms, or at least significantly enriches, the worldview of 20th century scientific human. This is the work of a scientist, but of one who has probed and transcended the constraints of outworn models. It tackles the age-old problem of the nature and inseparability of the knower and the known, yet from the frame­work of recent physics and psychology. There is Relativity and Quantum Physics here, but also Jungian psychology and meditation. But it is no vulgarization of technical disciplines. It interprets it all from a deeper level of understanding. Presented here and there with deceptive casualness, this is a profound book that jolts our normal modes of viewing the world, especially of the so-called scientist. Highly recommended to all those who wish to appreciate the scientific quest from  profounder psychological and transphysical perspectives. Any book that begins with the statement that “Worlds are created by brains,”  starts from a critical analysis of the Cartesian dichotomy, probes into the I-phenomenon, and  represents the ensemble of phenomena as the eigenstates of an operator  whose eigenfunction is aum  must have something original to say.  So, with its sophisticated symbolic mathematics and scientific metaphysicss, this books  takes us into fascinating realms of the nine lives of Schrödinger’s cat,  and the role of mind in making world models, and parapsychology.

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About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
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