- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (May 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601631227
- ISBN-13: 978-1601631220
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing In Einstein, Darwin, and God 1st Edition
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"Committed atheists, traditional Christians, or hard-core Muslims will no doubt try to dismiss this book. It is wide ranging, provocative, sometimes entertainingly whimsical, but always mind-stretching and logically solid. The Purpose-Guided Universe is one of those rare books that gives serious food for thought."
Prof. Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, author of God's Universe
"At a time when religion- and spirituality-bashing has become a blood sport within science, it is thrilling to read The Purpose-Guided Universe. Neither science nor theology can consider itself informed without taking into account Haisch's views."
Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words
"If you think that science has nothing to do with God, and vice versa, read this book--and you just may change your mind."
Prof. Peter Sturrock, Dept. Physics, Stanford Univ.
"Bernard Haisch is the latest entry on this promising scene: an eminent scientist turned profound philosopher. It merits being read and pondered by everyone seeks deeper meaning underlying science's ever more astounding view of the world."
Dr. Ervin Laszlo, author of Science and the Akashic Field
"The Purpose-Guided Universe is an enlightening exploration of creation and the human being's existence on Earth. The intricate, precise conditions necessary to sustain life have baffled even the most cynical scientists who do not accept a higher power. Dr. Haisch discusses the reasons for incorporating a nonthreatening and nondenominational God into scientific study. Using a practical, common-sense approach, he explains why belief in a universal force does not exclude or negate the theories of Einstein and Darwin."
Julia Ann Charpentier, ForeWord Reviews
About the Author
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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A disclaimer: I am a physicist, but nothing related to quantum mechanics. I am not following the literature on quantum mechanics, string theory etc so I can only rely on whatever books like this tell me. I also cannot say anything for Haisch's logic: there may well be logical loopholes that I haven't noticed, not being sufficiently educated in philosophy.
1) There are far too many repetitions! The book is designed so that you could literally pick up a few months later from where you were. Its contents could be condensed 10 times and still be readable. Not a big deal, though, since it's so easy to read anyway.
2) Haisch presents his own (subjective!) worldview. This worldview mostly relies on modern science (while keeping an open mind and reverence to mystical traditions), which is great from my perspective. I am happy to hear his personal interpretation, but I am somewhat unpleasantly surprised that he also sometimes resorts to arguments clearly based on wishful thinking.
If the author is right in his interpretation that consciousness creates reality (matter) on the quantum level, than this would have profound implications to my worldview, and I am grateful to this book for making me aware of this possibility. I had never realized that scientific experiments had been performed (or even could be designed) to test this hypothesis. I am also a believer, brought up a Christian, and I wholeheartedly embrace the mystical traditions of Orthodox Christianity, even though I can no longer associate myself with much of the other central Christian beliefs. This is my first encounter with the concept of "Perennial Philosophy", which seems to more or less summarize my beliefs about this world and our place in it. In fact, this is the first time in years when I was able to fully associate myself with anybody's understanding of God and the universe. (Well, maybe not fully, but close enough!) So I am glad I read this: it opened up a few roads of thinking for me that I never knew existed.
The book concludes with an in depth review of present trends and conditions in physics and metaphysics leaving the reader with an understanding and open roadmap to ponder, pursue and undertake further readings in these most interesting subjects.
I highly recommend this book for both amateur and professional scientists. Tom Bakey
Like Haisch I was not comfortable with the idea that my consciousness was the result of storms of synapse in a sea of chemicals. I am still me no matter which hormones squirt or what environment my brain is in. My mood may change but wherever I go, there I am. I don't become Brad or Janet. I am also not comfortable with monkey gods. So the idea that we are all some small spark of a bonfire of universal consciousness resonates with me. Not that I'm going to hang my hat on it, but I like the idea. Haisch does a wonderful job of describing this possibility and tying historical thought and modern reason to create a plausible feel-good "theory". I wholeheartedly recommend reading his books!