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

By Chandre Dharma-wardana

ISBN-10: 9814425419

ISBN-13: 9789814425414

It is a hugely interdisciplinary ebook straddling physics and intricate structures akin to dwelling organisms. The presentation is from the point of view of physics, in a fashion available to these attracted to clinical wisdom built-in inside its socio-cultural and philosophical backgrounds. key parts of human figuring out, specifically physics and awake advanced platforms, are awarded in basic language. An non-compulsory technical presentation can also be given in parallel the place it really is wanted.

Readership: basic viewers with curiosity in physics and complicated platforms biology in addition to technology lecturers.

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1 The ‘reductionist’ approach and its alternatives The laws of physics dictate how nuclei, atoms and molecules are formed. , the laws of chemistry, follow from the laws of quantum mechanics. Since biochemical processes are determined completely by chemistry, biology gets assimilated into chemistry. At this point a murmur of dissent against this ‘reductionist’ point of view is possible, although the application to inanimate matter, plants and perhaps animals is uncontested today. If we extend the claim to include human beings and all aspects of human activity, then the initial rumbling of disagreement can grow into a tidal wave of opposition.

Christian rationalists, Buddhist or Jain epistemologists started from very different assumptions. Early Buddhists claimed that the external world is a sequence of mental and physical events (Nama, Rupa) concatenated by ‘laws of causation’. Cosmological or mind-body questions were deemed ‘metaphysical’, and such inquiry was discouraged (see Sec. 1). However, they postulated ‘transcendental laws’ that were distinct from physical law. One such transcendental law admitted by these ancient thinkers was a moral law, based on ‘fate’, or the more complex concept of Karma.

We do not hesitate to believe that . . (the properties of water) result from the properties of the component elements of the water. We do not assume that a something called ‘aqueosity’ entered into . . the oxide of hydrogen . . On the contrary, we live with the hope that . . , as we are now able to deduce the operations of a watch from its parts and the manner . . they are put together. Is the case in any way changed when carbonic acid, water and ammonium disappear, and in their place, under the influence of a pre-existing living protoplasm, an equivalent weight of the matter of life makes its appearance?

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