April 15, 1993
In this stimulating and timely book, physicist Amit Goswami shatters the widely held worldview that matter is the primary “stuff” of creation, and proposes instead that consciousness is the true foundation of all we know and perceive. Consciousness, through our self-reference, creates material reality.
Since the beginning of quantum physics in the late 1920s, attempts have been made to understand certain strange, paradoxical or counter-intuitive aspects of the new science. The weirdness of quantum physics is revealed in the dual wave-particle aspect of light, the Schrödinger’s cat quandary, Bell’s theorem, and the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment. Goswami delineates the unsatisfactory aspects of previous attempts to resolve the paradoxes of quantum physics, and demonstrates that our inability to understand is caused by our adherence to traditional assumptions about how the world works.
The Self-Aware Universe shows that by adopting a philosophy of idealism, in which consciousness, not matter, is taken to be the primary “stuff” of creation, we can obtain a consistent paradox-free interpretation of the new physics. Goswami’s clear and accessible summary of quantum physics is supported with easy-to-understand examples and helpful illustrations.
Building on the success of this new view of physics, Goswami theorizes that the structure of our own minds into conscious and unconscious levels is not an accident; it arises from the quantum-mechanical nature of our minds, from our being part of the fabric of a self-aware universe. This book brings together the most recent discoveries in quantum physics and provides a powerful argument for transforming not only the way we view nature, but also how we view our own personal reality.
The liberating philosophy of The Self-Aware Universe takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through the fundamental connections between what modern science has discovered and what the spiritual traditions of East and West have long propounded. Goswami is at the vanguard of new paradigm thought, offering an intriguing view of our interconnectedness with the universe.
Amit Goswami, Ph.D., is professor of physics in the Institute of Theoretical Sciences at the University of Oregon. He is the author of numerous scientific papers, and two physics texts, including a textbook on quantum mechanics, and is also the author, with his wife, Maggie Goswami, of The Cosmic Dancers: Exploring the Physics of Science Fiction. They live in Eugene, Oregon. Richard E. Reed is an author and literary agent. He lives in Springfield, Oregon.