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Choosing Reality: A Contemplative View of Physics and the Mind

ISBN-10: 1559391995
ISBN-13: 9781559391993
Edition: 2nd 2004
Authors: B. Alan Wallace
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

For centuries scientists and philosophers have pondered the relationship between scientific theory and reality. Analyzing two major positions, the author points out the many assumptions required to adopt the realist view, and nihilism implicit in the instrumentalist position.

B. Alan Wallace teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acknowledgments
Worlds Apart
Exploring the Nature of Empty Space
The Conception and Preservation of Energy
Views of Science and Reality through History
Scientific Realism Today
Assumptions of Scientific Realism
Theory and Discovery in Physical Science
The Hypothetical Realities of Physics
Quantum Reality
Uncertainty in the Quantum World
Scientific Realism in Review
Mathematical Realism
Instrumentalism
Seeking a Middle Way
Cosmology and a Participatory Universe
Concept and Experience
A Centrist View of Physical Science
A Centrist View of Contemplative Science
Experiencing a Centrist View
Realizing Personal Identitylessness
A Contemplative View of the Body
Subjective Experience and Objective Science
A Contemplative View of the Mind
Refining Human Consciousness
Worlds in Harmony
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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