In The Quantum Self , Danah Zohar argues that the insights of modem physics can illuminate our understanding of everyday life -- our relationships to ourselves, to others, and to the world at large. Guiding us through the strange and fascinating workings of the subatomic realm to create a new model of human consciousness, the author addresses enduring philosophical questions. Does the new physics provide a basis by which our consciousness might continue beyond death? How does the material world for instance, ugly inner cities impinge upon our sense of self? Is there a subatomic wellspring from which our creativity, our empathy with others, and our feelings of unity with the inanimate world originate?
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In The Quantum Self , Danah Zohar argues that the insights of modem physics can illuminate our understanding of everyday life -- our relationships to ourselves, to others, and to the world at large.
Guiding us through the strange and fascinating workings of the subatomic realm to create a new model of human consciousness, the author addresses enduring philosophical question In The Quantum Self , Danah Zohar argues that the insights of modem physics can illuminate our understanding of everyday life -- our relationships to ourselves, to others, and to the world at large.
Guiding us through the strange and fascinating workings of the subatomic realm to create a new model of human consciousness, the author addresses enduring philosophical questions. Does the new physics provide a basis by which our consciousness might continue beyond death? How does the material world for instance, ugly inner cities impinge upon our sense of self? Is there a subatomic wellspring from which our creativity, our empathy with others, and our feelings of unity with the inanimate world originate?
Most important, Zohar shows how the vitality of the new physics combats the alienation and fragmentation of twentieth-century life, and replaces it with a model of reality in which the universe itself may possess a type of consciousness, of which human consciousness is one expression.
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In a nutshell, ultimate reality is neither a particle nor a wave, but both. In this way, Zoh In the first half of the book, Zohar provides a primer on the quantum world. In this way, Zohar sees ultimate reality as indeterminate being. Being is one — particle and wave, though its two prongs of behavior are not specifically determinable.
Particle and wave are united by something transcendent so that a whole is more than the sum of its parts. Particles are like individuals. Oneness she says has a self-organizing quality, like cheerios in a bowl of milk. But what she really says is that waves, functioning as a whole, govern particles.
As with all of life, if not before, 2 her argument is that we ourselves function as quantum selves. We are particle and wave, but we particularly function as waves. We are relational, to the wider whole, and the whole, via consciousness, governs the parts. Wave-like consciousness relates us to others and the whole. Unlike eastern mysticism where the individualized ego is negated by the whole, Zohar recreates the individual self as Self, as a part that relates to this whole, holistically.
As particles, we are static entities, but as waves we are particles that move in a field involving other particles and toward the whole. Quantum consciousness expands by forming ever-greater wholes that can extend to cosmic knowing. In her quantum language, she calls this movement toward the whole the Bose-Einstein condensate — quantum particles that, at a critical level, vibrate in unison, and create a harmonic organized field.
Zohar contrasts this oneness of Being with the prevailing view, emanating from the philosophy of Plato, and running through Descartes and Newton. Plato splits mind from the body or, rather, subsumes the body to mind. Descartes splits mind and body into the mental and the physical. Both are dualists in this way. Newtonian physics cannot explain consciousness. She, an excellent writer, weaves together a wide range of philosophical and scientific material to tell a good story.
But I think it is wrong. She strays too far from the materialist principles that she covers in the first part of her book. Others, in contrast, can interpret that prayer as a Nietzsche-like assertion of self, breaking away from the shackles of conformity, creating a self that is in harmony with itself. In other words, separation from the whole is a healthy thing.
Zohar wants us to drop the particle side to focus on the Zen-like wave side, yet her argument at the beginning of the book does not split us up that way. We are individualized ego and relational wholes and here too we bump into the inherent tension between id and superego, and a Jungian struggle to find a harmony between the two. We are selves, trying to survive, yet that survival depends on adapting to the environment, including social groups.
Also, while some individuals are more particle than a relational wave, Zohar does not talk about this point. Zohar wrongly argues that evolution is about particles in motion, individuals, and not the relational whole that is her quantum consciousness.
In this case, it might be the hope that we survive beyond death or a Jungian yearning to be part of a greater whole God as oneness or a transcendent tribe. Perhaps the mental is really a basic property of the material and vice versa.
Particles function as mental energy that move relationally, outside of itself, and toward the self-organized whole of which she writes. We are one entity, an integrated self, designed to survive.
Philosophically, Being is Becoming i. While we can measure wave properties, or particle properties, the exact properties of the duality must always elude any measurement we might hope to make. But this is not her perspective on mind-body dualism. The logic of this has led naturally to the computational, or computer, model of the brain. The cost of this model, however, has been the overlooking of another side to human knowing and experience, what might be called the intuitive side, the side that draws on wisdom, imagination, and creativity.
It could be that, while cells operate quantumly as she says, our bodies and minds operate more or less linearly: e. We are, in other words, Newtonians in a quantum world.
View 2 comments. Mar 20, Yasmin rated it it was amazing. The second half can sound more like quantum metaphors than quantum explanations but there are many good references to Heidegger, Freud, Marx, Descartes, Plato and more..
I highly recommend it for a first book about QT and the meaning of life. Orang Barat gengsi banget yak kalo ngakuin hal-hal yg berasal tradisi Timur?
View all 44 comments. There was a time when everything in my life was quantum. I had reached a level of understanding of the theory that was good enough to talk the talk, but poor enough to be completely unable to walk the walk. Having learned more since then, I have shut up about quantum theory for fear that someone expose me as a hapless dabbler. I really think, the author of this book should've taken that bit of advice. If you want to write a self help book, just do it, don't dress it up like something else Nov 25, Stephen rated it it was amazing.
I became aware of this book when it was prominently displayed on a bookshelf in the office of a psychiatrist on a forgettable TV series. It drew my attention. In trying to wrap my mind around the concepts of quantum physics, I became interested in if and how quantum physics informed my mind. I started reading the book but put it down wondering if its argument was rigorous enough.
I went off and read other quantum related tomes. I came back to The Quantum Self satisfied with its plausibility.
The Quantum Self
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The Quantum Self: Human Nature and Consciousness Defined by the New Physics
There is a dramatic discontinuity between the physical world as most people conceive it and the world as modern physics explains it. As Danah Zohar sums up the matter in her book, ''The Quantum Self,'' the popular mind continues to imagine the physical world in terms of Newton's colliding billiard balls, whereas quantum reality is very different. In describing this difference, Ms. Zohar uses the charming analogy of a young lady able first to consider her multiple suitors by living with each of them in sin simultaneously, and then to make her choice by reversing time and resolving herself into the virgin wife of a single husband.