Are you seeking a deeper understanding of consciousness? Are you interested in meditation or currently practicing meditation? The Buddha and the Quantum is about the connection between meditation and physics.
Many books show parallels between consciousness and physics; a few of these attempt to explain consciousness in terms of the physics of everyday experience. This is the only book that explains physics and the everyday world in terms of consciousness alone.
It is also unique in that it demonstrates why we think there is a world independent of consciousness, explained in the same structure that explains quantum mechanics and relativity theory.
Buddha and the Quantum describes how experience in the physical world is built not from objective reality, but from experience within. Avery's brilliant model of consciousness makes difficult and subtle ideas understandable, with very surprising implications.
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Needs more research, less rambling
As both a Vipassana meditator and student of modern physics and cosmology through several of the excellent Audible books on these topics I was really hoping for more documented research and less new age speculation. Scientists such as Henry Stapp from Lawrence Berkely Laboratory have published scientific studies attempting to describe the neural correlates of consciousness (NCC) in terms of quantum processes occuring at the neuronal level. The German philosopher Thomas Mettizinger in his book, The Ego Tunnel provided a very interesting section on how long term meditation may penetrate the illusion of the self . This level of information would have better than the quasi-scientific musings of the author.
Every since Bohr and Wigner developed the Coppenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics postulating the collapse of the probability wave through an act of observation it has been exploited as the bridge between the dualest worlds of the physical and the mental. I don't believe such a bridge is actually necessary since consciousness simply emerges from the underlying physical processes that adaptively evolved in the human species. In other words its all ultimately physical. The point Buddha was trying to make was that by following his prescription you didn't have to experience the suffering that inevitably comes with the software. He didn't get bogged down in natural philosophy (what we call science) since he didn't trust what he didn't personally experience. This would probably include atomic and quantum effects that occur at scales beyond our senses. The
More real research and less pseudo-analysis.
Connects quantum theory to subjective experience