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"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 is a theoretical nuclear physicist and member of The University of Oregon Institute for Theoretical Physics since 1968. Goswami received his PhD in physics from Calcutta University in 1964. He became best known as one of the interviewed scientists featured in the 2004 film What the Bleep Do We Know!? He is also featured in the upcoming documentary, Dalai Lama Renaissance (narrated by Harrison Ford). Visit him at amitgoswami.org.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; Reprint edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571746730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571746733
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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