A Physicist's View of Matter and Mind by Chandre Dharma-wardana

By Chandre Dharma-wardana

It is a hugely interdisciplinary e-book straddling physics and intricate platforms equivalent to residing organisms. The presentation is from the point of view of physics, in a fashion available to these drawn to clinical wisdom built-in inside of its socio-cultural and philosophical backgrounds. key components of human realizing, particularly physics and awake advanced platforms, are provided in easy language. An not obligatory technical presentation is usually given in parallel the place it's wanted.

Readership: common viewers with curiosity in physics and intricate platforms biology in addition to technological know-how teachers.

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They achieve a consilience within the Darwinian evolutionary picture. This Darwinian picture is not universally appreciated, and hence we review it briefly, noting that some of the salient topics would be taken up again in Part-II of the book. , Dennett [55]). It is the great unifying principle of the life sciences. However, the usual statements of the ‘principle of natural selection’ appear subjective, creating intense debate even among Darwinists. What is natural selection? Pittendrigh calls it ‘Darwin’s demon’ [164].

It is noteworthy that DeWitt does not bring in the older Christian conceptions of nature as ‘God’s Book’ which is on par with the scriptures — as was claimed during the renaissance, and that the study of nature and the scriptures had the power of moral upliftment and ennoblement. In this view, truth is some how ‘morality-laden’. The early myths and belief systems actually fulfilled essentially similar functions in regard to what we have called ‘epistemic hunger’. As Franc¸ois Jacob has asserted, myths and science ‘both provide human beings with a representation of the world and of the forces that are supposed to govern it.

Thus the application of a reductionist program for physics, initiated by Galileo in the 17th century was indeed the resurrection of a bold step. William Harvey, a graduate of the University of Padua in 1602, worked in England on the circulation of blood and cleared up much metaphysics in his work De Motu Cordis. In this he resorted to studies on animals, snails and even fish, implicitly granting the unity of the ‘tree of life’. A more extreme step would be to reduce the physiology of the brain to a science which is not based on a doctrine of the soul.

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