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Preface: Knowledge and Wisdom | |

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Prologue: The Question | |

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Is The Universe Describable? Laws, Principles, Theories and Models | |

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Grounds for Debate | |

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"Zapomnyat" and "Zapomniec"; A Preliminary Contemplation on the True Nature of "Theory" | |

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The Transient Nature of All Things; The Preliminary Contemplation Continued | |

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The Metaphysics of Laws and Principles Is Briefly Described | |

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A Practical Exercise: Are Principles More Sacred Than Laws? | |

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The Confusion of Models with Reality | |

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Other Modes of Perception | |

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A True Story | |

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A Comparison of Meditative Experiences with Experimental Physics | |

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In Which the First Debates Are Summarized | |

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Is Nature Unreasonably Mathematical? Mathematics, Theories and Reality | |

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The Question | |

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The Conventional Wisdom of Physicists | |

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Is Mathematics Real? | |

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Is God a Mathematician? The Age of the Claim Is Revealed | |

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A Short Meditation on the Alliance Between Jungians and Physicsts | |

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A Contemplation: Does Physics Rediscover Preexisting Mathematics? Are There Mathematical Concepts Not Used in Physics? | |

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The Four Faces of Approximation | |

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The Degenerate Description of Reality | |

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Are There Physical Things That Mathematics Cannot Describe? | |

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A Practical Exercise: Is Music Unreasonably Mathematical? | |

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In Which the Second Debates Are Summarized | |

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Is the World Symmetrical? Friezes, Particles and Groups | |

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The Question | |

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Is There Symmetry in Art? | |

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Is There Truth in Beauty? | |

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A Short Discourse on the Mathematical Description of Beauty | |

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The Theoreticians Reveal the Symmetries of Particles | |

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The Symmetrists Show That the Symmetry of Forces Is No Different | |

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Unification Without Unification | |

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Countless Manifestations | |

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But Do Quarks Exist? | |

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Are the Laws of Nature Symmetric? | |

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Is Motion Symmetry? | |

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Symmetry Without Symmetry | |

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A Contemplation: Symmetry Is Asymmetry | |

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A Practical Exercise: Is Symmetry in the Eye of the Beholder? | |

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In Which the Third Debates Are Summarized | |

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Why Do Things Happen? Causality, Synchronicity and All That | |

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The Question | |

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Are There Causes? In Which Philosophers Befog One's Mind | |

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In Which Physicists Befog One's Mind | |

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Some Fraudulent Causes Are Unmasked | |

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An Argument on the Teleological Nature of the Action | |

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The Academicians Contemplate Action at a Distance | |

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The Attraction of Advanced Effects Leads the Academicians to Synchronicity | |

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What Is Synchronicity? | |

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What Does Synchronicity Have to Do with the East? | |

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Can Quantum Mechanics Explain Synchronicity? | |

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A Practical Exercise: Can Coincidences Be Computed? | |

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In Which the Fourth Debates Are Summarized | |

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Does Time Go Forward? Past and Future | |

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The Question | |

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In Which the Paradox Is Clarified | |

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Is Entropy Possible? | |

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Boltzmann's Solution Is Presented and Viciously Attacked | |

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The Never-ending Debate | |

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The Cosmological Solution Is Disputed | |

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The Gibbs Branch Reveals an Insidious Assumption | |

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The Thermodynamic Solution, Which Also Comes under Fire | |

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Does the Brussels Approach Explain Quantum Mechanics? | |

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The Other Arrows of Time Are Listed and Briefly Contemplated | |

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A Practical Exercise: Does Chaos Exist? | |

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Other Conceptions of Time Are Contrasted and Compared | |

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In Which the Fifth Debates Are Summarized | |

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Why Is There Left and Right? Chirality, Complexity and Emergent Properties | |

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The Question | |

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A Contemplation of the World's Handedness | |

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How Did It Happen? | |

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A Practical Exercise--Speculation Rampant | |

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Chirality Paves the Way for Complexity and Emergent Properties | |

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In Which the Sixth Debates Are Summarized | |

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Is the Universe Weird? Quantum Mechanics | |

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The Question | |

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Fin de Siecle Puzzles | |

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In Which the Quantum Nature of Light Is Revealed (Again) | |

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In Which the First of the Paradoxes Are Interpreted | |

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Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle | |

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The Measurement Problem | |

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Is Quantum Mechanics Nonlocal? | |

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In Which the Meaning of Nonlocal Is Obscured | |

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A Practical Exercise--The Fractured Debate | |

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Universes Merge? | |

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In Which the Seventh Debates Are Summarized | |

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Is There an Answer? Theories of Everything | |

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The Question | |

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A Recontemplation on the Concept of Unification, and on Supersymmetry | |

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The Difficulties of Quantum Gravity Are Pondered | |

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A Meditation on String Theory, Its Success and Failures | |

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A Practical Exercise: The Reader and the Authors Contemplate String Theory | |

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The Discussion Widens into an Argument over the Point of Theories of Everything | |

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The Existence of Other Theories of Everything Is Revealed | |

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In Which the Eighth Debates Are Summarized | |

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How Did We Get Here? Cosmology | |

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General Relativity and the Standard Model | |

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The Question | |

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A Contemplation on the Meanings and Difficulties of Cosmology | |

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Before the Big Bang Is Reached, an Argument Erupts over General Relativity. Is Space Curved? And Other Matters | |

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Four Reasons to Believe the Big Bang | |

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The Standard Model Is Not the Universe | |

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A Perplexed Meditation on Two Celebrated Cosmological Conundrums | |

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Inflation, Quantum Cosmology and Quantum Theology | |

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In Which Inflation Is Described and Vigorously Debated | |

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At Last the Epoch of Quantum Gravity Is Reached and the Universe Is Created from Nothing | |

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A Practical Exercise: In Which the Authors Ponder the Nature of Time | |

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Meditation on Cosmologist-Theologians | |

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In Which the Ninth Debates Are Summarized | |

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What Do You Mean? Metaphors, Analogies, Culture Wars | |

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The Question | |

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A Stroll Through the Marketplace | |

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A Recent Controversy | |

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Are Metaphors from Science Valuable? | |

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The Use of Analogy Comes Under Inspection | |

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Is Science Relative? | |

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A Practical Exercise: Summarizing the Debates While Escping the Academy | |

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Supplemental Debate | |

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Can We Make Any Money Off This? Applied Quantum Mechanics | |

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The Question | |

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The Sphinx and the Cat | |

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Quantum Computation and Related Mysteries | |

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Commentaries on the Debates | |

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Index | |