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The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates Hardcover – August 24, 2012
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-BARBARA EHRENREICH, National Magazine Award winner and author of Nickel and Dimed
"Enthralling. Astonishing. Written with the panache of the Great Blondin turning somersaults on the rope above Niagara. Profound, extraordinarily eclectic, and crazy. The most exciting cliff-hanger of a book I can remember reading."
-JAMES BURKE, Creator and host of seven BBC-TV series, including Connections
"Bloody hell. . . . What a truly extraordinary book. I’m gobsmacked. It’s a fast-paced, highly readable, and deeply researched thriller-documentary that grapples with the big issues of the universe. . . . Food for the brain."
-FRANCIS PRYOR, President of the Council for British Archaeology, author of Britain BC
"For those of us who do not invoke god(s) to explain things, there is a challenge—where did the complexity of the physical and natural world come from? . . . This deep, provocative, spectacularly well-written book provides some answers. . . . A wonderful book."
-ROBERT SAPOLSKY, MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner and author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
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-RICHARD FOREMAN, MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner and founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater
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-CHARLES SIEBERT, Contributing writer, New York Times Sunday Magazine
"Truly awesome. . . . Bursting with insights and ideas, delivered with delightful verve and zest. . . . A tantalizing, fresh new view of the cosmos for humankind."
-DUDLEY HERSCHBACH, Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
From the Author
- a does not equal a
- one plus one does not equal two
- entropy is wrong
- randomness is not as random as you think and
- information theory is way off base.
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Top Customer Reviews
The attractive cover and title looked promising and even titillating as I rushed to get into it. I kept reading, and reading, patiently waiting for the author to tell me "How a Godless Cosmos Creates", as he puts it.
By the time I reached the end, and realized that I was tricked by a book with only a pretty cover, it was too late. I had wasted another set of neurons for nothing.
I remember I kept seeing a particular question. Something about why "A" doesn't equal "A", and "x" doesn't equal "x", repeatedly until I was dizzy.
But I soldiered on anyway, while hoping and believing that a great scientist such as Howard Bloom wouldn't trick me with a pretty cover just to sell a book full of convoluted pages.
Yet in the end, that's exactly what he had done. By the time I was finished I came to the conclusion that he knows absolutely nothing about how a Godless cosmos creates anything.
The whole book is mainly a series of questioning and regurgitation of well known standard model physics. Nothing new!
For instance, he writes: "First a something came from a nothing-that something was the pinprick, the singularity, at the beginning of the big bang. That infinitesimal blip turned out to be a rush of time, space, and speed..."
That paragraph however, was one of the most lucid parts of Bloom's rant from where I could pick some sense.
But I wondered if he ever thought of how the singularity ever came about. Then I remembered that it's taboo to think past the singularity anyway because, who knows: You might just find God waiting on the other side.
I don't know how the universe creates. And Bloom doesn't know either. No one knows. So I'm back to square one.
But at least I can enjoy the pretty, awesome looking book cover.
That aside, the goal, according to the book's title, is never met. The attempt, though admirable, not only fails to convince, it assumes the importance of the wrong question. The question that continues to plague us, or to "recruit" our attention, as Mr. Bloom would characterize it, is not how the cosmos creates, but rather, how did the cosmos came into existence in the first place. In Mr. Bloom's terms, the cosmos creates by 'iterating simple rules'. Fine. Now tell me where the rules came from as well as the game pieces that the cosmos "iterates" according to those rules.
The book is another one of those "here's what may have happened after the Big Bang" kind of books. What I want to know is, where did the stuff come from to make a 'bang' and where did the 'space' come from that the stuff from the 'bang' expanded in to?Read more ›
This book is big. With lots of quotes on the dust cover from Barbara Ehrenreich and nobel prize winners. Lots of them. It attracted lots of them. Because it's big. A big, iterating repetitive pile about termite turds and metaphors. About attraction. And repulsion. And how Newton's great grandfather knew B.F. Skinner's nanny's great, great, great, great grandmother's great aunt centuries before the Strand attracted publishers. There's that incredible attraction again. Let me repeat myself, because repetition is a big attractive theme. And this book has ideas. Boy does it have ideas! Ideas and explanation points!! Lots of inchoate, implicit explanation points in big bold sentences, but also many many many real explanation points. Because it's not going to give you any equations because that's so 20th century, and besides then it won't get the attention it deserves. Let's face it, A doesn't equal A because you can never step in the same river twice. And it's all about attention! Attention, attraction, repulsion and iteration. Are we at page 500 yet? Yes. Then I can get to the point. The point about all the quarks. The quarks get together and have a scrimmage ten to the forty three times a second. Well, "times," so to speak, but not in real time, no -- hidden time. Hidden time is when the quarks scrimmage. And because they have a little bit of free will, so do we. The quarks get together and communicate. Communication is critical to your iterating. And the universe becomes fractal-like, because there's iteration. And if only you'd studied cosmology for twenty years and were as smart as Bloom, you'd realize how significant this is. Have I mentioned Babylon!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book would be 1000% better if:
1. It was 1/8 its length
2. It was not addressed to children. Read more
In-depth philosophical study of our ideas about CREATION, from pictures on deep-down cave walls and traders' tally-marks on clay tablets to present-day theories about the Big-Bang... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Glen H. Sandberg
Here is one incredible HUGE history lesson of where we have been ... who has done what and when ... that to this very day is still controlling the narrative of humanity ... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Lawrence
This guy's convinced that pretty standard forms of cooling and energy dispersal are proof that thermodynamics doesn't work the way it usually does. Read morePublished 1 month ago by hegel5000
Excellent compilation of how our knowledge and interpretation of the Universe has evolvedPublished 2 months ago by Miguel R Ramirez
The book is entertaining but replete with interesting conjectures masquerading as facts, and it desperately needed an activist editor. Way too much cuteness. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeff Smith
Howard Bloom is first and foremost an esoterical sociobiologist. He is not a physicist. He is a great and powerful commentator on la condition humaine but he has no more than... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve Harvy Sittenreich
That is a boring book which repeats the same nonsense all the other books threatening people with hell have been doing for centuries. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Darth Vindex (A.V.S)
Howard Bloom is a gift to humanity. A Nobel Prize should be created for those rare authors who stretch our underdeveloped minds into hyper-dimensions of human intellectual... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zernon C. Roberts, JD, LLM