The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

 

21. The New Physics: The Ubiquitous Asymmetry

  1. Physics and the Mind
  2. The Classical World: Utopia
  3. The Removal of Consciousness
  4. Entropy: The Curse of Irreversibility
  5. Recurrence
  6. Disorder, Ignorance
  7. An Accelerated World
  8. Relativity: The Primacy of Light
  9. Life On A World Line
  10. General Relativity: The Ilusion of Gravity
  11. The Principle of Equivalence Revisited
  12. Curving Spacetime
  13. Relativity and Common Sense
  14. Twins
  15. Relativistic Cosmology
  16. Quantum Theory: The Wave
  17. The Planck Constant
  18. Enter Uncertainty
  19. Zero-Point Energy
  20. Mass
  21. The World And The Mind
  22. The Power of Constants
  23. Quantum Reality: Fuzzy or Incomplete?
  24. The Indivisible Universe
  25. Ensemble Interpretation
  26. Ontological Interpretation
  27. The Pilot-Wave
  28. Implicate Order
  29. Beyond Locality
  30. Transactional Interpretation
  31. The Measurement Problem
  32. The Discontinuity Of Time
  33. The Measurement as Interaction
  34. The Brain as a Measurement Device
  35. What Creates Reality
  36. Consciousness Creates Reality
  37. Meta-reality
  38. Inventing Reality
  39. The Multiverse: The Quest for Certainty
  40. The Immanent Manyverse
  41. Einselection: Darwinian Collapse
  42. Spontaneous collapse
  43. Qubits
  44. The No-Cloning Theorem
  45. Information Loss
  46. Quantum Bayesianism
  47. Interpretations of Classical Physics
  48. The Interpretation of the Human Brain
  49. The Physics of Elementary Particles: Close Encounters with Matter
  50. The Language of Elementary Particles
  51. Of Symmetry and Asymmetry: Parity
  52. Of Symmetry and Asymmetry: Gauge Theory
  53. Unification: In Search of Symmetry
  54. The Quantum is not Relative
  55. Superstring Theory: Higher Dimensions
  56. Superstrings
  57. Trivia: The Fourth Spatial Dimension
  58. Branes
  59. M-theory
  60. Quantum Gravity
  61. Superconductivity and Entanglement
  62. The Trail of Asymmetry
  63. A Fuzzy World
  64. Time: When?
  65. Time: What?
  66. Time: Where?
  67. Time: Why?
  68. Black Holes and Wormholes: Gateways to Other Universes and Time Travel
  69. The History of the Universe
  70. Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  71. Dark Energy as Disappearing Energy
  72. Dark Energy as Mass Gravity
  73. The Creation Of Information
  74. The End of Entropy
  75. The Resurrection of Information
  76. Gravity and Entropy
  77. Inflation: Before Time
  78. Natural Selection for Universes
  79. Time Symmetry
  80. Loop Quantum Gravity
  81. Euclidean Quantum Gravity
  82. The Holographic Principle
  83. Gravity as the Vacuum
  84. Entropic Gravity: Spacetime as Entanglement
  85. The Origin of Mass
  86. Structural Realism
  87. Symmetry and Chaos
  88. The Mathematical Universe
  89. Quantum Mechanics as Pure Math
  90. Searching for the Universal Patterns
  91. Ripples in Spacetime
  92. Brains, Lives, Universes
  93. The Nature of the Laws of Nature
  94. The Nature of Spacetime
  95. The Nature of Time
  96. The Prodigy of Stability
  97. A Self-organizing Universe
  98. The Universe as the Messenger
  99. Not in Our Name
  100. The Science of Impossibility: The End of Utopia

Further Reading (Click here for reviews of these books)

Ashtekar, Abhay: CONCEPTUAL PROBLEMS OF QUANTUM GRAVITY (Birkhauser, 1991)

Barbour, Julian: THE END OF TIME (Oxford Univ Press, 2000)

Bohm, David: THE UNDIVIDED UNIVERSE (Routledge, 1993)

Bohm, David: WHOLENESS AND THE IMPLICATE ORDER (Routledge, 1980)

Bondi, Hermann: "Negative Mass in General Relativity” (1957)

Bohr, Niels: ATOMIC THEORY AND THE DESCRIPTION OF NATURE (Cambridge University Press, 1934)

Bunge, Mario: QUANTUM THEORY AND REALITY (Springer, 1967)

Carroll, Sean: From Eternity to Here  (Dutton, 2010)

Close, Frank: NOTHING (Oxford Univ Press, 2009)

Davies, Paul: ABOUT TIME (Touchstone, 1995)

Deutsch, David: THE FABRIC OF REALITY (Penguin, 1997)

Deutsch, David: THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY (Viking, 2011)

Ferris, Timothy: THE WHOLE SHEBANG (Simon And Schuster, 1997)

Flood, Raymond & Lockwood, Michael: NATURE OF TIME (Basil Blackwell, 1986)

Gell-Mann, Murray: THE QUARK AND THE JAGUAR (W.H.Freeman, 1994)

Greene, Brian: THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE (WW Norton, 1999)

Guth, Alan: THE INFLATIONARY UNIVERSE (Helix, 1997)

Hawking, Stephen: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (Bantam, 1988)

Heisenber, Werner: THE REPRESENTATION OF NATURE IN CONTEMPORARY PHYSICS (Deadalus, 1958)

Heisenberg, Werner: PHYSICS AND PHILOSOPHY (1958)

Hoyle, Fred, Burbidge Geoffrey, and Narlikar Jayant: A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO COSMOLOGY (Cambridge Univ Press, 2000)

Kaku, Michio: HYPERSPACE (Oxford University Press, 1994)

Kastner, Ruth: "The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics" (Cambridge Univ Press, 2013)

Kuhlmann, Meinard: THE ULTIMATE CONSTITUENTS OF THE MATERIAL WORLD (Ontos Verlag, 2010)

Linde, Andrei: PARTICLE PHYSICS AND INFLATIONARY COSMOLOGY (Harwood, 1990)

Linde, Andrei: INFLATION AND QUANTUM COSMOLOGY (Academic Press, 1990)

Penrose, Roger: THE EMPEROR'S NEW MIND (Oxford Univ Press, 1989)

Price, Huw: TIME'S ARROW AND ARCHIMEDES' POINT (Oxford University Press, 1996)

Prigogine, Ilya: FROM BEING TO BECOMING (W. H. Freeman, 1980)

Puthoff, Harold: GRAVITY AS A ZERO POINT FLUCTUATION FORCE (1989)  

Randall, Lisa: WARPED PASSAGES - UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE'S HIDDEN DIMENSIONS (2006)

Rees, Martin: BEFORE THE BEGINNING (Simon And Schuster, 1996) Rosenblum, Bruce & Kuttner, Fred: QUANTUM ENIGMA (Oxford Univ Press, 2006)

Sachdev, Subir: QUANTUM PHASE TRANSITIONS (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Sakharov, Andrei: VACUUM QUANTUM FLUCTUATIONS IN CURVED SPACE AND THE THEORY OF GRAVITATION (1968)

Scott, Alwyn: STAIRWAY TO THE MIND (Copernicus, 1995)

Smolin, Lee: THREE ROADS TO QUANTUM GRAVITY (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2000)

Susskind, Leonard: THE COSMIC LANDSCAPE (Little & Brown, 2005)

Thorne, Kip:  Black Holes and Time Warps (Norton, 1994)

Von Neumann, John: DIE MATHEMATISCHE GRUNDLAGEN DER QUANTENMECHANIK/ MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS (Princeton University Press, 1932)

Webb, John: THE CONSTANTS OF NATURE (Pantheon, 2002)

Weinberg, Steven: DREAMS OF A FINAL THEORY (Pantheon, 1993)

Wheeler, John: At Home in the Universe (American Institute of Physics, 1994)

Wigner, Eugene: SYMMETRIES AND REFLECTIONS (Indiana Univ Press, 1967)

Wilczek, Frank: THE LIGHTNESS OF BEING (Basic Books, 2008)