Book Review: Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness, by Victor Stenger
Published May 12, 2009
There’s something about modern physics, especially quantum mechanics, which attracts magical thinking. Perhaps this isn’t surprising. Someone once said that because quantum mechanics is so counter-intuitive, because no one really understands it, it’s easy to fall into the trap of using it to “explain” anything else we don’t understand. Consciousness is a prime example.
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Tagged Michael Shermer, Murray Gell-Mann, Philosophy of Science, physics, quantum mechanics, religion, Roger Penrose, Stuart Hameroff, theology, Transcendental Meditation
I don’t understand those religious apologists who claim purpose as a reason for their beliefs. Or, more precisely, I find their arguments unconvincing.
There is an example in a post by James at the local Catholic apologetics blog Being Frank (see Audacity of faith). Here he describes his purpose:
“God has put me here to discover Him, to choose to follow and love Him, and to show Him to other people. Simple as that. My reward for doing these things? When I die in this life, I get to exist forever with Him in a state of pure supernatural bliss.”
So Frank believes that this is the reason his god created the universe!
But it’s all very vague. Mission statements should be more concrete.
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Tagged Apologetics, big bang, Christianity, intelligent design, Isaac Newton, New Zealand, religion, Roger Penrose
This is the second in a series of four posts on morality. They are aimed at countering the usual religious claims for a god-given morality with current scientific understanding of how the morality of our species arose. Also, they attempt to justify a non-theist objective basis for much of the moral decisions we make. The first post (I: Religious confusion) discussed some of the problems religion has in its understanding of morality. This second post argues that there is an objective basis for human morality and no god is required for this.
Recently I was dipping into Roger Penrose’s book The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe. In the first chapter he argues for an objective basis for mathematics and mathematical logic. I think that the objective basis of morality can be seen in the same way (see Where did our morals come from?). So, I was pleased to read that Penrose also believes that objective “‘existence’ could also refer to things other than mathematics, such as morality or aesthetics.”
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Tagged Math, mathematics, morality, physics, religion, Religion and Spirituality, Religious text, Roger Penrose