Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

ISBN-10: 0268021988

ISBN-13: 9780268021986

Edition: N/A

Authors: Stephen M. Barr
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Description: Explains modern physics to general readers without oversimplification. Using the insights of modern physics, he reveals that modern scientific discoveries and religious faith are deeply consonant.

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List price: $29.00
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 2/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgments
The Conflict between Religion and Materialism
The Materialist Creed
Materialism as an Anti-Religious Mythology
Scientific Materialism and Nature
The Scientific Materialistis View of Nature
Five Plot Twists
A New Story and a New Moral
In the Beginning
The Expectations
How Things Looked One Hundred Years Ago
The Big Bang
The Discovery of the Big Bang
Attempts to Avoid the Big Bang
The Big Bang Confirmed
Was the Big Bang Really the Beginning?
The Universe in the Standard Big Bang Model
The Bouncing Universe Scenario
The Baby Universes Scenario
The Eternal Inflation Scenario
What If the Big Bang Was Not the Beginning?
Is the Universe Designed?
The Argument from Design
The Cosmic Design
Two Kinds of Design
The Attack on the Argument from Design
Pure Chance
The Laws of Nature
Natural Selection
The Design Argument and the Laws of Nature
Two Ways to Think about Laws of Nature
In Science, Order Comes from Order
In Science, Order Comes from Greater Order
An Example Taken from Nature: The Growth of Crystals
The Order in the Heavens
Symmetry and Beauty in the Laws of Nature
"What Immortal Hand or Eye?"
The Issue
Can Chance Explain It?
Is Natural Selection Enough?
Does Darwin Give "Design without Design"?
Man's Place in the Cosmos
The Expectations
The Anthropic Coincidences
Objections to the Idea of Anthropic Coincidences
The Objections
Answers to the Objections
Alternative Explanations of the Anthropic Coincidences
The Weak Anthropic Principle: Many Domains
The Weak Anthropic Principle: Many Universes
The Weakness of the Weak Anthropic Principle
The Problem with Too Many Universes
Why Is the Universe So Big?
How Old Must a Universe Be?
How Big Must a Universe Be?
Are We Really So Small?
What Is Man?
The Issue
The Religious View
The Materialist View
Clearing Up Some Confusions
Determinism and Free Will
The Overthrow of Determinism
Quantum Theory and Free Will
Is Free Will Real?
Can Matter "Understand"?
Abstract Understanding
What are Abstract Ideas?
Truth
If Not the Brain, Then What and How?
Is the Human Mind Just a Computer?
What a Computer Does
What Godel Showed
The Arguments of Lucas and Penrose
Avenues of Escape
What Does the Human Mind Have That Computers Lack?
Can One Have a Simple Idea?
Is the Materialist View of the Mind Scientific?
Quantum Theory and the Mind
The London-Bauer Argument in Brief
Going into More Detail
Is the Traditional Interpretation Absurd?
Alternatives to Traditional Quantum Theory
Modifying Quantum Theory
Reinterpreting Quantum Theory: The "Many-Worlds" Idea
Is a Pattern Emerging?
Appendices
God, Time, and Creation
Attempts to Explain the Beginning Scientifically
Godel's Theorem
Notes
Index
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