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The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing In Einstein, Darwin, and God 1st Edition

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Bernard Haisch, PhD is an astrophysicist and author of The God Theory and more than 130 scientific publications. He was a scientific editor of the Astrophysical Journal for 10 years. His professional positions include deputy director of the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics at U.C.-Berkeley; and visiting scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute für Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching, Germany. He was also editor in chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Prior to his career in astrophysics, Haisch attended the St. Meinrad Seminary as a student for the Catholic priesthood. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Marsha Sims and his three children.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (May 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631220
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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112 of 127 people found the following review helpful By billglas on September 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had been looking forward to this book with great anticipation ever since I read (and reread twice) Bernard Haisch's The God Theory, for which I wrote a very positive review for Amazon. I am sorry that I can not do the same with Purpose Guided Universe.
I wholeheartedly embrace most aspects of the Dr. Haisch's God Theory having to do with:
- the Goldilocks universe vs multiverses
- the intellectual dishonesty of the "new atheists" in their thinking that their debunking of traditional versions of God effectively debunks the possibility of any "reasonable" conception of the Divine
- the absurdity of writing off the possibility of a Divine Reality/Godhead reality in light of the discovery of dark matter/energy making up the greater part of the matter/energy of the Universe and the
admission that there is no scientific basis for defining it
- the dead-end of string theory
- the likely truth of the Perennial Philosophy as a result of the scientific method applied to mystical experience = subjects placed under the same conditions have universally the same results
(culturally skewed, of course) in their experience of the Divine.
My main problem with The Purpose-Guided Universe is the arrogant and dogmatic assurance with which Bernard Haisch proclaims the ABSOLUTE TRUTH of his interpretation of quantum mechanics and for which he quotes selectively chosen expert confirmation, as if the matter is closed. The categorical, absolute nature and tone of his statements regarding human consciousness creating reality are scarily similar to that of the proclamations of fundamentalist Christians on one hand or new atheists on another.
I recently read The Quark and the Jaguar by Murray Gell-Mann.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Swami Abhayananda on May 20, 2010
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Bernard Haisch has written a beautiful book in the tradition of other respected scientists, such as Dr. Gerald L. Schroeder and Dr. Hugh Ross, who have written of the scientific evidence for the Divine as source of and immanent presence in our world. And, while the Judaic and Christian biases are evident in the works of Schroeder and Ross, Dr. Haisch approaches his subject, not from a bias toward a singular scripture-based religious tradition, but from the mystic's perspective, citing the perennial philosophy that embraces a universal experience-based perspective on spiritual knowledge. His focus is on the inescapable conclusions of current empirical science, and the recognition of the many `finely-tuned' physical constants that allow for a universe where life is capable of evolving. Science does not seek metaphysical implications, but when all empirical evidence points to a metaphysical conclusion, there is a moral imperative to acknowledge that fact. Dr. Haisch writes knowledgeably and eloquently of the pertinent science, explaining some of the most complex issues of contemporary physics in a refreshingly comprehensible and original manner, and leads the reader to the inexorable conclusion that `in Him we live and move and have our being'. If you need convincing, or just wish to see the evidence from the vantagepoint of an able and thoughtful scientist, you will greatly enjoy and profit from a reading of The Purpose-Guided Universe.
--Swami Abhayananda
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Schimpf on May 17, 2010
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After finishing this book, the titular lyric as sung by Louie Armstrong: "And I think to myself, what a wonderful world" went coursing through my mind. Bernard Haisch, whom is a well respected and published astrophysicist; copiously quotes from sources as wide and varied as The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, The Bible, Einstein, Schrodinger, James Jeans, Aldous Huxley, Freeman Dyson and the list goes on; with the premise that all these sources are explaining or at least expounding upon the same thing, that is: Consciousness creates matter, not -repeat, not - the other way around. Citing Bell's theorem and Legget's inequality (or is that Bell's inequality and Legget's theorem??) it is now an empirical fact that consciousness directly impacts, even creates, matter! This insightful, illuminating work purports that God, Einstein and Darwin are not mutually exclusive, but naturally interdependent. This book is not dogmatic but accommodating, not religious but spiritual, not scientistic (i.e. reductionist) but scientific - that is looking at the evidence that is starring one right in the face.

Dogmatists, reductionists and fundamentalists will not like this book because it has the power to turn their world on its head. Dr. Haisch argues that we are all part of an indivisible, interrelated, interdependent whole that was/is born of consciousness. It logically follows then that our individual and collective borders are arbitrary at best and illusory (and delusive) at worst. Thus we have good reason to stop blaming, maiming and killing each other; we have good reason to stop making others wrong; we have good reason to "let it be" and "give peace a chance." Sadly, too many people cringe at those thoughts. As Dr.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Jones on June 16, 2010
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The Purpose Guided Universe is a must read novel, period. Not just for scientists, not just for agnostics, not just for athiests, or theists, but for anyone who exists in this world and has the capacity to pick up a book and read script. Bernard Haisch manages to support the existence of some "Spinozan" God with principles of quantum theory, and does so with amazing simplicity and clarity. During the 20th century, Newtonian physics seemed to paint a rather dim picture of a hard-deterministic world where our thoughts, emotions, dreams, and triumphs are nothing more than the firing of neurons in response to preceding stimuli. This was a world where Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" was written note for note when the Big Bang created our universe. Fortunatley, with the discovery of observational deviation in quantum physics, science suddenly seemed to support a world where consciousness CREATED reality, a world where things were a little more grey and had a potenial meaning. To Haisch, this fact is everything. He conceives of a world where mankind is a fruition of God's flame meant to experience and discover his potential. This book is an exploration of just that idea.

This book is also studded with riveting quotes and awe-inspiring factoids, which not only corroborate Haisch's hypothesis, but also demonstrate how connected all of the world's religions are. This connection, epitomized by the Perrenial Philosphy, is also at the core of The Purpose Guided Universe. Within the 208 pages, the author also responds to such works as "God is not Great" and "The God Delusion," lingering on the idea that human misuse of religion is far different from the existence (or lack thereof) of a God. I simply recommend this book to anyone.
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