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The mystical writings of the world''s great physicists—now in one eye-opening volume that bridges the gap between science and religion

Quantum Questions collects the mystical writings of each of the major physicists involved in the discovery of quantum physics and relativity, including Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, and Max Planck. The selections are written in nontechnical language and will be of interest to scientists and nonscientists alike.

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her for the 1st time the mystical writings of the world''s great physicists - all of whom express a deep belief that physics and mysticism are somehow fraternal twins. Written in non-technical language.

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Brings together for the 1st time the mystical writings of the world''s great physicists - all of whom express a deep belief that physics and mysticism are somehow fraternal twins. Written in non-technical language.

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Ken Wilber is the author of over twenty books. He is the founder of Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying integral theory and practice, with outreach through local and online communities such as Integral Education Network, Integral Training, and Integral Spiritual Center.

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Dubious Disciple
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Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2014
In case you misread the subtitle, that’s physicists, not psychics! I’ve seen them myself: arguments from modern physics that prove the existence of the Spirit (or some metaphysical phenomenon that justifies our spirituality or transcendentalism). I’ve seen the... See more
In case you misread the subtitle, that’s physicists, not psychics!

I’ve seen them myself: arguments from modern physics that prove the existence of the Spirit (or some metaphysical phenomenon that justifies our spirituality or transcendentalism). I’ve seen the opposite, too: arguments from modern physics that debunk spirituality.

So Wilber’s book should be a hit. What do our best minds—the people who actually understand the physics of Quantum Theory, Relativity, and more—have to say on the topic? You’ll recognize a lot of the names in this book: Einstein, Schroedinger, Heisenberg, Bohr, Eddington, Pauli, Plank and more. This is a collection of essays by these men, with brief editing and an introduction by Ken Wilber.

Wilber culls the writings of these great minds to uncover their opinions, and discovers that they are virtually unanimous in the opinion that modern science can offer no support for mysticism in any variety. And yet they are all mystics of one sort or another! They simply do not believe modern physics can fully describe the universe we live in. Modern physics isn’t in opposition to spirituality, it is simply indifferent to it. Eddington explains: “We have learnt that the exploration of the external world by the methods of physical science leads not to a concrete reality but to a shadow world of symbols, beneath which those methods are unadapted for penetrating.”

If I had to choose a favorite essay, it would be “In the Mind of Some Eternal Spirit” by Sir James Jeans. Science is not yet in contact with ultimate reality, Jeans insists, and this is no surprise. Any meaning that the universe as a whole may have, would entirely transcend our terrestrial experience and so be totally unintelligible to us. The universe is a mathematical construct but—and don’t eschew the profundity of this claim—“the mathematics enters the universe from above instead of from below.” Jeans pictures the universe as consisting of “pure thought.” While Jeans may be the most daring of the bunch, the dualism of mind and matter is nevertheless a common theme.

Fascinating book which starts a bit slow (after a great introduction) and builds from there.
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I have been looking for a book like this all my life and was very surprised to ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2016
I have been looking for a book like this all my life and was very surprised to find that such a book had been written. The book addresses the fine line between scientific rigor and the world of mysticism as Ken Wilbur calls it -- but i would prefer to call it spirituality... See more
I have been looking for a book like this all my life and was very surprised to find that such a book had been written. The book addresses the fine line between scientific rigor and the world of mysticism as Ken Wilbur calls it -- but i would prefer to call it spirituality instead of mysticism. I have read other books from Ken. All I can say about him is that he is no light weight. What a mind and what an ability to articulate what is so difficult to describe. Great book --one I am going to have to read more than once.
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The Greatest Physicists were Mystics, Militant Atheists Beware
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2009
American philosopher Ken Wilber has done a great service by bringing together in a single volume excerpts from the mystical writings of the world''s greatest physicists. Six of the eight men included were Nobel laureates including Einstein, Heisenberg, Schroedinger, Plank,... See more
American philosopher Ken Wilber has done a great service by bringing together in a single volume excerpts from the mystical writings of the world''s greatest physicists. Six of the eight men included were Nobel laureates including Einstein, Heisenberg, Schroedinger, Plank, de Broglie, and Pauli.

These are the intellectual giants who gave us the twin pillars of modern physics, relativity theory and quantum mechanics, upon which all of contemporary science rests. Given the popular view that they must have been atheists it is astonishing to learn that all of them were quite explicit in expressing the need for a mystical outlook extending beyond the physical world.

Let''s be clear. Wilber as editor has not pulled a few paragraphs out of context. Erwin Schroedinger for example writes of "the mystic vision", De Broglie writes that "the mechanism demands a mysticism", and Wolfgang Pauli speaks of "embracing the rational and the mystical."

None of these men were particularly ''religious'' however. The popular religions of today (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.), may be viewed as specific theories of Ultimate Reality (this reviewer''s characterization). They all make specific statements - some empirically testable, many others not - about people and events in the physical world and how these related to God, or Allah, or All That Is, or some similar term.

Mysticism on the other hand is not a religion but a path to understanding. It has nothing to do with religious creeds or doctrines, or whether or not there is a personal God, and certainly nothing to do with science which is something else entirely. Mystics simply believe on the basis of personal experience that there is likely to exist another level or levels of consciousness beyond that of the five senses. Through rigorous mental practice they believe that it is possible to access wisdom and insight from that level which represents the highest or ultimate reality.

Individual mystics may personally identify with one religion or another but the practice of mysticism as a path is found in all the major religions and is, in and of itself, areligious. This point is unfortunately muddied in Wilber''s otherwise quite interesting introduction where he equates religion with spirituality (p.18), something most thoughtful people would probably strongly reject. One can be deeply spiritual without committing to any specific set of religious doctrines.

Finally, I feel compelled comment on Wilber''s assertion that the physicists would reject so called New Age books like "The Tao of Physics" and "The Dancing Wu Li Masters". The key argument of such books is less that physics "proves" Taoism or Buddhism or some other form of Eastern esoteric thought but rather that seemingly bizarre and unbelievable statements about the nature of space and time and reality made by practitioners of these traditions appear to be supported by the findings of modern physics. (Cf. for example G. Zukav, "Wu Li Masters", p. 256 and especially p. 331).

For the last hundred years or so science and religion have declared a truce in their war for the allegiance of the mind of Man. Science would to stick to matters of the physical world while religion would stick to matters of the world beyond the senses. However as much as both sides, including Ken Wilber, would like to keep it that way, the march of scientific knowledge takes us ever forward toward a world view that challenges our most basic assumptions about the nature of human reality.

I am speaking here specifically of entanglement, the now widely accepted principle in physics that particles really do influence each other without regard to distance or time, that is, they interact instantaneously even if they are separated by billions of light years. This was scientifically demonstrated in 1982, the year before Quantum Questions was originally released, and has been confirmed repeatedly since then. Even more disconcerting are recent experiments which seem to imply that actions in the present (as we perceive it) can actually alter events that have already been recorded in the past. (Cf. Amir D. Aczel, "Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics", 2003).

However troubling such findings may be to our everyday conception of ''reality'', they merely confirm Max Plank''s famous statement that "those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it."

The shocks keep coming and they are getting stronger whether we like it or not. Will they lead to a total paradigm shift in our conception of reality?

The deeper significance of this book is that it shows all scientists and those who someday will be scientists that being a mystic is okay. Want to argue with Heisenberg and Plank and Einstein and Schroedinger and....?
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Gary S.
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Wilber''s intorduction is worth the price of the book.
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2013
In his introduction to the mystical writings of some of the greatest 20th century physicists, Wilbur makes clear that the ''new physics'' cannot be used to legitimate the mystical vision. These physicists, to a person, made the case that their equations were an attempt to... See more
In his introduction to the mystical writings of some of the greatest 20th century physicists, Wilbur makes clear that the ''new physics'' cannot be used to legitimate the mystical vision. These physicists, to a person, made the case that their equations were an attempt to model the world, not a description of reality. The mystic vision, on the other hand, is the direct consciousness awareness of reality. In Platonic terms, the ''new physics, is describing the shadows on the cave wall while the mystic vision is seeing the source that creates the shadows. The difference between the ''old physics'' (Newtonian physics) and the ''new physics'' (quantum physics) is that the latter realizes it is not describing reality, while the former thinks it is doing so. Wilber''s presentation of the writings of these great 20th century physicists is a wonderful corrective to the supposition that the ''new physics'' is somehow legitimating the mystical vision.
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Will Blow Your Freakin'' Mind!!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2006
I was ready to hate this book, ready to do battle with another soft-headed New Ager who, in a mirror image of the lab coat creationists, wants to bend science to their will, to appropriate its authority to help sway, even coerce, for the sake of their grand cause. Was I... See more
I was ready to hate this book, ready to do battle with another soft-headed New Ager who, in a mirror image of the lab coat creationists, wants to bend science to their will, to appropriate its authority to help sway, even coerce, for the sake of their grand cause. Was I surprised! Wilber''s introduction is a pellucid repudiation of The Toa Of Physics and The Dancing Wu Li Master and a devestating blow to the even less legitimate "What The Bleep Do We Know." Wilber even abandons his own earlier views on physics supporting his mysticism. Why? Because he read these founders of New Physics, and not one of them believed that their work supported it. And this wasn''t out of their ignorance of Eastern thought. No, in fact, each of these great thinkers is well versed in mysticism and, ultimately, they are mystics themselves! Wilber makes it clear that (opposed to my belief that science can only become mysticism henchman if you lessen science) that only by lessening your mysticism can you claim it''s proven in the lab. And pragmatically he argues that by hitching your mysticism to the science wagon, you are (as was the case with Capra) subject to the further results of experiments that might disprove your theory. Science is, after all: provisional, changing, abstract and only intelligible in the language of mathematics. Mysticism, on the other hand, is unmediated, absolute and ever-true. Not that Wilber walks away from his dialogue with these great scientists disillusioned. His Mysticism is firmly intact. He just admits that science is not the way to get there, except in the sense that a profound understanding of physics gives you a profound understanding of its limits, of its failure to address being as such. And it is this deep understanding that lead all these scientists to their mysticism. Science should be left to scientists and Religion to the religious. Why would you want to mix the two? Only if you want to coerce, only if you are too weak to look Shiva in the eyes. This book changed me, I hope you can read the introduction with an open mind.
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Too much information at this time for me.
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019
Too much at once for me.Will wait to read .
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Jeffrey Langlois
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Very interesting book
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2019
The introduction was very interesting and so were the essays. For me, the best essays in this book are the ones by Schrodinger and Eddington.
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I have read most of Wilber''s works, but this ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2014
I have read most of Wilber''s works, but this was a fresh experience. As is typical of Wilber, he offers a lively treatment of the mystical experiences of representative modern physicists. He is careful to show that these mystical experiences are not derived from their... See more
I have read most of Wilber''s works, but this was a fresh experience. As is typical of Wilber, he offers a lively treatment of the mystical experiences of representative modern physicists. He is careful to show that these mystical experiences are not derived from their science but represent another aspect of the way they live out their lives. I do appreciate this proviso. To anyone interested in science and religion this distinctive approach may be informative.
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Dr Pedro Fonseca
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Interesting but check your sources before you quote from it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2014
An interesting book but mixing up quotes from different books in a single text. Overall I think the general ideas are kept, even perhaps more crisply, by mixing from different sources. But the fact that this is not explicitly stated in the book makes quoting from it a...See more
An interesting book but mixing up quotes from different books in a single text. Overall I think the general ideas are kept, even perhaps more crisply, by mixing from different sources. But the fact that this is not explicitly stated in the book makes quoting from it a nightmare. I noticed that on Heisenberg''s texts.
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An inspirational read.
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Worth reading but not a quantum leap in new knowledge of these physicists. But a happy new year to all.
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Intimations
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2011
I can''t attempt to review this book with the competence of a philosopher or physicist, and will just try briefly to describe my own reaction. Perhaps most of us suspect that there exists a spiritual substrate of some sort behind the world. Men like Shroedinger and Jeans go...See more
I can''t attempt to review this book with the competence of a philosopher or physicist, and will just try briefly to describe my own reaction. Perhaps most of us suspect that there exists a spiritual substrate of some sort behind the world. Men like Shroedinger and Jeans go into the matter very articulately, if not even poetically. One of the questions asked at several points is the following: Why does the universe appear to conform so readily to mathematics? Russell dismissed this question by saying things would be much more mysterious if such conformity were absent, if e.g. rolled dice did not on average yield double sixes one twelfth of the time. The reader will have to decide for himself whether Russell was right in thus dismissing a question posed by thinkers of the top rank. For me the style of the Editor''s comments is just a little cloying, but this is not a serious reservation. They nicely complement a most interesting selection of essays. I would recommend this book to anyone in sympathy with the fact that, as I understand it, the great physicists of the 20th century were of mystical inclination.
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