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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; 1st Quest Ed edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608589
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amit Goswami, Ph. D. is a professor of physics (retired) at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR where he has served since 1968. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called science within consciousness an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe where he also solved the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect.

Goswami has written six other popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness. In The Visionary Window, Goswami demonstrated how science and spirituality could be integrated. In Physics of the Soul he developed a theory of survival after death and reincarnation. His book Quantum Creativity is a tour de force instruction about how to engage in both outer and inner creativity. Goswami's book, The Quantum Doctor integrates conventional and alternative medicine. His latest book, Creative Evolution is a resolution between Darwinism and intelligent design of life. Finally, in his book God is not Dead, Goswami demonstrates science's re-discovery of God.

Goswami's books have been translated in nine languages.

In his private life, Goswami is a practitioner of spirituality and transformation. He calls himself a quantum activist. He was featured in the film "What the Bleep Do We Know?" and its sequel "Down the rabbit hole" and in the documentary "Dalai Lama Renaissance" and the award winning "The Quantum Activist."

You can find more information about Amit Goswami at the website www. Amitgoswami.org.

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It's great that a physicist came to the same conclusion.
Ruth
For those new to Goswami's work, I recommend reading "The Self-Aware Universe" first before reading any of Goswami's other works.
M. Hameer
With these he tears the mechanistic-monist materialists a whole bunch of new ones, & does it with a generous style!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. Smith on October 5, 2008
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Goswami's book is worth five stars, and his view of evolution is almost the same as my own; and I have studied evolution for years now (see my reviews). I present the following quotes.

Goswami (page 8) writes the following. "Every biologist must be painfully aware that biology is an incomplete science. It needs new organizing principles, ones that are nonphysical and nonmaterial, to explain three perennial mysteries: the difference between life and nonlife, the development of an embryo into an adult biological form, and, as emphasized here and by Eldredge and Gould, the discontinuous epochs of evolution. Unfortunately, it is not politically correct for biologist to admit these shortcomings in public."

Goswami (page 13) writes: "Any organizing principle that is nonmaterial is automatically excluded from science by definition. However, mainstream scientists themselves, biologists included, have a fundamental but unproven metaphysical assumption behind their work called scientific materialism."

Goswami notes that Darwin's theory of evolution is very incomplete, and he (page 15) writes: "According to theoretical predictions of Darwinism and its later versions, there should have been thousand upon thousands of reported cases of intermediates filling up most of the fossil gaps. That hasn't happened, and therefore the question of the fossil gaps cannot be refuted simply because a few cases of transitional fossils have been found."

Gaswami (page 23) writes: "The Nobel laureate Paul Dirac once said that the solution of great problems requires the giving up of great prejudices. Darwin had to give up the prejudice for Christianity and its doctrine of biblical creationism so that he could explain the data he and his contemporaries collected.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Hameer on July 25, 2009
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This is a good book in that it attempts to expand the basic hypothesis detailed in Goswami's "The Self-Aware Universe" (his best work yet in my opinion) to include the materialistic field of biology. This book covers a lot, from orthodox Darwinism to 'heretical' ideas of maverick biologist Rupert Sheldrake on Morphogenesis, to Neurology and the philosophical problems associated with viewing consciousness as an epiphenomenon of the brain.

The notion that the observer is entangled with the observed is not new, but rather was seriously considered by intellectual greats like Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Eugene Wigner, John von Neumann and John Bell. The 'Observer Effect' is a disturbing paradox of quantum mechanics, that most physicists happily ignore and instead yell in frustration, "shut up and calculate".

But bold physicists are trying to resolve that paradox, the most popular of the ideas being the "multiverse" theory, popular because it retains the philosophical primacy of materialistic realism. To me the hypothesis is not only extravagant in its requirements of infinite universes and hidden dimensions, but it also leaves the hard problem of Consciousness still unanswered. We are thus forced to keep faith in what Karl Popper termed "Promissory Materialism" - that it will all be reduced to objects someday. Have faith in atheism, they tell us!

For me, the philosophy of Monistic Idealism is far more compelling! There are no "objects" out there, its all one Consciousness manifesting in various forms and creating the duality of reality (the subject/object split).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By leo kim on August 30, 2008
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Quantum physicist and former professor Amit Goswami again demonstrates his ability to convey complex concepts in an understandable fashion. I believe that the gap between science and religion needs to be closed and I applaud another effort by Goswami to heal the rift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on June 29, 2012
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Creative Evolution: A physicist's resolution between Darwinism and Intelligent Design by Amit Goswami, Quest Books, 2008, 352 ff.

The author presents a substantial work that puts the concept of Universal Mind, which is at the heart of eastern mystical philosophy, into the context of contemporary quantum physics. Amit Goswami is a quantum physicist on the staff of The University of Oregon Institute for Theoretical Physics, so he is in a position to write authoritatively about the subject.

Although a scientist by profession, Dr. Goswami shares with many mystics the view that consciousness is the source of creation and that, in that sense, creation is continuous and ongoing through the agency of both cultural and biological evolution. Biblical creationism, long since discredited by the discoveries of science, has been revived in recent decades by the idea of Intelligent Design - the idea that many biological structures and functions are too complex to have emerged gradually through evolution without the help of a Master Designer.

What the author is trying to do here is to present a world-view that takes in the concepts of evolution but which is also compatible with a spirituality based on the quantum field, or morphogenetic field as Rupert Sheldrake called it, as a `non-physical and non-material organizing principle'. But the author has a problem with Sheldrake's hypothesis because it still leaves the nature of the field-cell interaction undetermined, which leads to dualism. According to the author, there is no dualism problem because the material world we experience with the senses and the creative spiritual background that we feel coexist as one experience.
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