February 3, 2000
For a thousand years, philosophers and theologians have pondered the nature of ultimate reality. For decades, neuroscientists, psychologists, and physicists have struggled, in vain, to explain the phenomenon of consciousness – how a piece of matter, the brain, can create the sentence that becomes the seat of our whole being. Now there is a clear path to the answer, leading through the dense jungle of quantum physics, Zen, and subjective experience.
Evan Harris Walker, a pioneer in the science of consciousness, is the perfect guide to this jungle. Drawing on his deep knowledge of quantum physics and Zen philosophy, Walker shows how the operation of bizarre yet actual properties of elementary particles supports a new and exciting understanding of reality.
Walker takes readers from Newtonian physics all the way through general relativity to the very latest findings in the quantum world. Using bells theorem – the notion that one particle can instantly influence the behavior of another – as a starting point, Walker then delves into the intricacies of electron tunneling in the brain. In so doing he reveals the nature of consciousness, the reach of the mind, and the power of will.
Woven throughout is Walker’s personal journey through tragedy – a journey that has driven his search for meaning. More than just the explanation of a science, The Physics of Consciousness is a new vision of life.
Evan Harris Walker, founder and director of the Walker Cancer Institute, has made major scientific contributions in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, neurophysiology, psychology, and medicine. Since he received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1964, he has published more than a hundred papers in scientific journals and popular magazines and holds a dozen patents. He lives in Aberdeen, Maryland.