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Mechanistic and Nonmechanistic Science Paperback – June, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust; Second Printing edition (June 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892131489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892131488
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...I learned that the basic philosophical ideas...are virtually identical with those which quantum mechanics leads me to." -- Eugene Wigner, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1963

"...think it is an important book which would be of interest to many people." -- Brian Josephson, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1973

The author makes a special point that science has not satisfactorily described creativity, inspiration, hope, love, and consciousness. -- Dr. Fred M. Menger, professor, Emory University, Atlanta

About the Author

Richard L. Thompson was born in Binghampton, New York, in 1947. In 1974 he received his Ph. D. in mathematics from Cornell University, where he specialized in probability theory and statistical mechanics.

Dr. Thompson has done scientific research in quantum physics, mathematical biology, and remote sensing. He has extensively investigated ancient Indian astronomy, cosmology, and spirituality, and he has developed multimedia expositions on these topics. He is the author of six books on topics ranging from consciousness to archeology and ancient astronomy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis Berger on May 31, 2014
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There are many books criticizing scientism, the dogma that the sciences can explain everything, eventually if not now (and probably sooner than later), of various degrees of respectability. This is the very best one that I am familiar with. Thompson starts with a superb examination showing the innate limitations of any scientific analysis trying to explain awareness -- biological, quantum-mechanical, mathematical -- the inherently utter impossibility of these enterprises. Should be obligatory reading for all engaged in the so-called consciousness studies -- Daniel Dennett, for example.
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