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. Ontological Interpretation
  26. The Pilot-Wave
  27. Implicate Order
  28. Beyond Locality
  29. Transactional Interpretation
  30. The Measurement Problem
  31. The Discontinuity Of Time
  32. The Measurement as Interaction
  33. The Brain as a Measurement Device
  34. What Creates Reality
  35. Consciousness Creates Reality
  36. Meta-reality
  37. Inventing Reality
  38. The Multiverse: The Quest for Certainty
  39. The Immanent Manyverse
  40. Einselection: Darwinian Collapse
  41. Spontaneous collapse
  42. Qubits
  43. The No-Cloning Theorem
  44. Information Loss
  45. Quantum Bayesianism
  46. Interpretations of Classical Physics
  47. The Interpretation of the Human Brain
  48. The Physics of Elementary Particles: Close Encounters with Matter
  49. The Language of Elementary Particles
  50. Of Symmetry and Asymmetry: Parity
  51. Of Symmetry and Asymmetry: Gauge Theory
  52. Unification: In Search of Symmetry
  53. The Quantum is not Relative
  54. Superstring Theory: Higher Dimensions
  55. Superstrings
  56. Branes
  57. M-theory
  58. Quantum Gravity
  59. Superconductivity and Entanglement
  60. The Trail of Asymmetry
  61. A Fuzzy World
  62. Time: When?
  63. Time: What?
  64. Time: Where?
  65. Time: Why?
  66. Black Holes and Wormholes: Gateways to Other Universes and Time Travel
  67. The History of the Universe
  68. Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  69. Dark Energy as Disappearing Energy
  70. The Creation Of Information
  71. The End of Entropy
  72. The Resurrection of Information
  73. Gravity and Entropy
  74. Inflation: Before Time
  75. Natural Selection for Universes
  76. Time Symmetry
  77. Loop Quantum Gravity
  78. Euclidean Quantum Gravity
  79. The Holographic Principle
  80. Gravity as the Vacuum
  81. Entropic Gravity: Spacetime as Entanglement
  82. The Origin of Mass
  83. Structural Realism
  84. Symmetry and Chaos
  85. The Mathematical Universe
  86. Ripples in Spacetime
  87. Brains, Lives, Universes
  88. The Nature of the Laws of Nature
  89. The Nature of Spacetime
  90. The Prodigy of Stability
  91. A Self-organizing Universe
  92. The Universe as the Messenger
  93. Not in Our Name
  94. 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)