Can you have faith in Einstein, Darwin and God? Can you have spirituality without religion? Is there a grand purpose for your life? A journey from St. Meinrad Seminary Somewhere between the hardcore reductionists who explain all things as merely the sum of their parts and greet every suggestion of spirituality with a sneer, and the unquestioning faithful who receive their beliefs full-blown from prophets and preachers, lie the skeptical but open-minded free thinkers curious to investigate their own nature and purpose in life.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 04, John rated it really liked it. I think he rejects it as an oversimplification. The apparent belief of many scientists, the reductionists, that you can reduce everything to its working parts by disassembling it and then reassembling for a complete revelation on how it works.
Einstein was part reductionist because he believed to his dying day that all the laws of the universe could eventually be combined to explain the totality. But, he never denied the influence of a God force that brought this magnificent firmament into existence.
Haisch describes the hard reductionists as those who work to extract productive meaning in this life and afterwards are content to disappear into oblivion. In order to create our vision and material constructs, we extract reds, greens, blues etc out of the white light just as a prism does. The spectrum that is visible to us is not all that the light contains. We are way short of the total picture but with our extracts, we construct a visualized material environment.
Intersecting wave forms appear to us as objects such as electrons, protons, neutrons and other defined constituents of matter. They combine to form larger objects in our view. We influence their formations by the waves we personally create and, at times, actually demonstrate to ourselves the personal influence of sentient beings on material events the experimenter effect.
The equation has never been derived until recently perhaps and on a different basis , Newton provided only a means to an amazingly accurate coherent estimate within the way we do our measurements. Another mass-like view lies outside an object and offers external resistance that has the same influence as the current definition of mass. The zero-point-field permeates the entire universe as a web-like visualization which, according to some, is holographic in its formation.
He was also uncomfortable with sometimes undeniably observed events that ignored the restrictions on the speed of light. Bernard Haisch suggests that sentient beings have detected and approximately expressed these Kosmic relationships and interconnections in their religious and spiritual creations throughout history.
View 1 comment. Jan 01, Kristin rated it really liked it. I love this passage from the book: "Our lives are the exact opposite of pointless. It is not matter that creates the illusion of consciousness, but consciousness that creates an illusion of matter. The physical universe and the beings that inhabit it are the conscious creation of a God whose purpose is to experience his own magnificence in the living consciousness of his creation. God actualizes his infinite potential through our experience; God lives in the physical universe through us.
Our expe I love this passage from the book: "Our lives are the exact opposite of pointless. Our experience is his experience because ultimately we are him, that is, immortal spiritual beings, offspring of God, temporarily living in the realm of matter.
I didn't know scientists especially really, really, really smart pocket-protector wearing astrophysicists like Haisch thought that way. And, in fact, he acknowledges that most of them don't. But Haisch presents some really interesting perspectives on the "big questions" that don't at all compete with science, but in fact are supported by it.
Don't be scared: there's no math in this book. But at the same time, I have to admit that his discussion of zero-point fields left me a bit perplexed. I kind of got it, but not completely. Come on, my physics and calculus days are way behind me.
I have to Google how many ounces are in a quart now. All in all, Haisch presents a fascinating theory that human consciousness is not something that can be broken down entirely into chemicals and particles, but rather something vast and, in a sense, God filtered. Intriguing stuff. Feb 17, Howard rated it liked it. This was an interesting if not entirely fulfilling read, I know the clue is in the title but this really is only a theory. The author was raised in a strict catholic family and even spent a year in the seminary before moving on to study astronomy and astrophysics.
In this book he attempts to rectify the pull of his belief in a higher power and an intelligent designer of the universe with the mainstream view of the physics community that all life in the universe is a quirk of fate. The book is int This was an interesting if not entirely fulfilling read, I know the clue is in the title but this really is only a theory. The book is intriguing and the purely physics based chapters were interesting if nothing new.
As stated in the book this may seem trivial to a layman but is not supposed to be possible and has all sorts of knock on effects to do with the manipulation of mass and even gravity. To say I had a problem is not strictly true because the points made do indeed make you think and at no point does Haisch claim them to be proof of the existence of God, but what they effectively amount to is purely conjecture and as open to interpretation as the religious texts themselves. It is a commendable effort from Haisch but will in no way dissuade either side of their firmly held belief in a designed or random universe.
To me all this book will succeed in doing is confirming the strongly held beliefs of each side which will just give slightly more ammunition to argue with for. It is still very much maybe….
Jul 22, Keely rated it liked it Shelves: science-all-fields , non-fiction , I'm really torn on giving this book three stars as I am not sure I would rate it that high. The book definitely had some interesting stuff in it, but I felt more like this was a book about a man who was raised Christian and went to seminary school for a year trying to justify all the contradictions between what religion teaches and what science has discovered.
Far be it for me to say his conclusions are wrong, but a lot of this did not resonate with me. He did state this was just a theory, but t I'm really torn on giving this book three stars as I am not sure I would rate it that high. He did state this was just a theory, but the connections weren't strong enough to convince me of being plausible. Dec 12, Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing. Haisch is an astrophysicist with a discomfort regarding the idea of a meaningless universe, and a gift for explaining scientific theory in simple terms.
He was raised a strict Catholic, but lasted through only a year of Seminary, after which his interests turned to science. Science today is based on the premises of materialism the belief that re Haisch is an astrophysicist with a discomfort regarding the idea of a meaningless universe, and a gift for explaining scientific theory in simple terms.
Science today is based on the premises of materialism the belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy , reductionism the idea that complex things can be explained by breaking them down into constituent parts and randomness the conviction that all natural processes follow the laws of chance.
His discussion leads to some fascinating and important corollaries:  The God of his theory cannot require anything from us for his own happiness. I found the book thought-provoking and a lot of fun. Bernard Haisch worked on a ground-breaking theory that explains inertia in terms of the resistance from the trace energy of the zero-point field. It is a fascinating theory, and one that has some interesting spiritual connotations, which Haisch draws out in this fantastic work of scientific theology.
Rather than try to summarize, I will provide a few choice quotations that will give you a good sense of the book: Modern science, especially in the United States, fights a pitched intellectual battle Bernard Haisch worked on a ground-breaking theory that explains inertia in terms of the resistance from the trace energy of the zero-point field.
Rather than try to summarize, I will provide a few choice quotations that will give you a good sense of the book: Modern science, especially in the United States, fights a pitched intellectual battle against religious fundamentalism, most notably in the arena of evolution and creationism. As a professional scientist, I understand the necessity of discrediting unsupportable alternatives to the evidence for evolution.
The problem is that mainstream science has itself become dangerously dogmatic and dismissive of evidence that does not accord with its philosophical beliefs.
In its most extreme form, modern reductionism— the assumption that nothing can be greater than the sum of its parts— precludes any meaningful engagement with a spiritual worldview, because all substantive elements of spirituality are regarded as pure fantasy. Reductionists, who unfortunately represent the majority view of science today, may be comfortable in a limited scientific-spiritual dialogue, but only if the spirituality is reduced in the true spirit of reductionism!
Likewise religious practices, in this dialog, are interpreted as mere social and cultural events, as if there were no ontological difference between a Saturday night rave and a Sunday morning church service, both merely serving the roles of community rituals. There are some dissenting voices, however.
Incisive recent books by biologist Kenneth Miller and theologian John Haught, for instance, make a compelling case for the compatibility of Darwin and God.
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God Theory : Universes, Zero-Point Fileds, and What's Behind it All
San Francisco Weiser Books, ISBN Surely it is time for all of us scientists to consider returning to God? If reading that first line makes your blood boil, and you wonder how the Editor could possibly allow such a sentence to appear in what is, after all, the "Journal of Scientific Exploration," well, you need to read Bernie Haisch's excellent book.