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God Is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live Hardcover – June 20, 2008

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"Goswami is a pioneering frontier scientist and "quantum activist” who, perhaps more than anyone else, has helped advance the quantum revolution in society through his popular writings. In his latest book, God Is Not Dead, he shows how quantum reasoning may resolve deep mysteries, including the nature of God, evolution, dowsing, the vital force, the soul, creativity, and more. For anyone grappling with the interrelationship of mind, matter, and divinity, this book will offer much new food for thought." —Beverly Rubik, PhD, Biophysicist, Institute for Frontier Science, Adjunct Professor, Saybrook

About the Author

Amit Goswami, PhD, is a theoretical nuclear physicist and member of The University of Oregon Institute for Theoretical Physcics. He became best known as one of the interviewed scientists featured in the 2004 film What the Bleep Do We Know?.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; 1st edition (June 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571745637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571745637
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,262 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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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. Smith on December 3, 2008
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Amit Goswami's "God is Not Dead" is an interesting read, even as a less noteworthy contribution compared to Goswami's "The Self-Aware Universe."

Goswami's treatment springs from his understanding of quantum mechanics, the quantum wave function, and the wave function's collapse. He (page 22) writes: "Quantum possibilities are possibilities of consciousness itself, which is the ground of all being. This takes us back to monistic idealism.... Our looking is tantamount to choosing, from among all the quantum possibilities, the one unique facet that becomes our experienced actuality." Looking collapses the wave function, as much as we can tell from quantum mechanics.

Goswami (page 23) writes: "We don't choose in our ordinary state of individual consciousness that we call the ego the subjective aspect of ourselves that the behaviorist studies and that is the result of conditioning. Instead, we choose from an unconditioned, objective state of unitive consciousness, the non-ordinary state where we are one, a state we can readily identify with God."

Goswami writes (page 23) the following. "Our exercise of choice, the events quantum physicists call the collapse of the quantum possibility wave, is God's exercise of the power of downward causation. And the way God's downward causation is this: for many objects and many events, the choice is made in such a way that objective predictions of quantum probability hold; yet in individual events, the scope of creative subjectivity is retained.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo von Breymann on February 13, 2011
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Imagine... a probability function which is uniformly distributed and which extends to include every single possibility! This would imply a world in which anything would not just be possible, but also equally probable. According to quantum physicist Amit Goswami, this is exactly the way the universe operates. The problem is that we are so attached to our limited consciousness, our recurring thoughts and banal worries; our ego and its pathetic predictability, that we often find ourselves trapped in a bird's cage.

Now, infinite possibility does not mean randomness nor chaos. There is a higher force acting in downward causality, which created delicate and complex life-forms out of nothingness; self-reflecting entities out of carbon atoms. And this is the same intelligence that, given the chance, will manifest the most perfect outcome for us in any given situation. And I say given the chance, because every time we entertain our mind with the ever-recurring wave of limited thought patterns, we actually collapse the possibility function from its infinite potentiality into the finite and often lame egoic frame of experience. By imagining the quantum possibility wave as it is, we open up a Divine gap of peace and silence, where the power of the Absolute can enter the picture and do its magic.

It is this meditative practice of emptying ourselves of every thought and of every attachment, as both eastern sages and western mystics have taught for thousands of years, that we can make a sudden quantum leap into the realm of the unimaginable, the land of true creativity, as Goswami puts it. We suddenly start to live according to God's Will, if you will. Thanks to Goswami's insights I was able to understand the science of meditation from a quantum physics point of view.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on September 12, 2008
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Amit Goswami, for many years professor of physics at the University of oregon, but today perhaps best known for his contributions to the provocative and profound "What The Bleep"-movie. The movie 'sceptics' loved to hate.

In his previous books Goswami has tackled problems about the universe we live in, life after death/reincarnation and the Eastern concept of enlightenment, all viewed from his special outlook: combining quantum physics and spirituality in a non-dualistic vision.

Here he again tackles the hot subject of intelligent design, presenting af view that's challenging both for creationists and neo-Darwinists (Dawkins & Co.). Showing that there's ample reason to admit, that we live in a Universe that's somehow 'created' by a higher intelligence. And showing convincingly, that subscribing to the sound view of 'Intelligent Design' has nothing whatsoever to do with (fundamentalist) Christianity.

This territory he has covered before, but here he takes it a step futher, dealing with the loaded concept of a Creator/God. And trying to anchor his views in a practical morality, always a difficult matter to deal with.

As always with Goswami the book is well-written, entertaining and thought-provoking. Another cry of insight and vision in the often all to barren modern day intellectual climate! Should appeal to readers interested in a new scientific paradigm. And in writers like B. Allan Wallace, Deepak Chopra, Stan Grof, Fred Alan Wolf. And anyone open minded enough to challenge his/hers prejudices about how the world around us (and in us) functions.

As with his previous book this one feels more engaging and challenging than deeply convincing.
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