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The non-local universe : the new physics and…
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The non-local universe : the new physics and matters of the mind (édition 1999)

par Robert Nadeau

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Classical physics states that physical reality is local, or that a measurement at one point in space cannot cannot influence what occurs at another beyond a fairly short distance. Until recently this seemed like an immutable truth in nature. However, in 1997 experiments were conducted in which light particles (photons) originated under certain conditions and traveled in opposite directions to detectors located about seven miles apart. The amazing results indicated that the photons "interacted" or "communicated" with one another instantly or "in no time," leading to the revelation that physical reality is non-local--a discovery that Robert Nadeau and Menas Kafatos view as "the most momentous in the history of science." In pursuing this groundbreaking argument, the authors provide a fascinating history of developments that led to the discovery of non-locality and the sometimes heated debate between the great scientists responsible for these discoveries. What this new knowledge reveals, the authors conclude, is that the connection between mind and nature is far more intimate than we previously dared to imagine. What they offer is a revolutionary look at the implications of non-locality, implications that reach deep into that most intimate aspect of humanity--consciousness.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The non-local universe : the new physics and matters of the mind
Auteurs:Robert Nadeau
Info:New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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Philosopher and physicist try to explain the implications of the long-distance entanglements exhibited in quantum physics and the Bohrian concept of complementarity. ("Contraria non contradictoria sed complementa sunt." -- Niels Bohr.) I worry when they don't have "entanglement" in their index and they don't mention decoherence anywhere at all. But what really seem woolly are the links to biology and philosophy. (Not that I would ever be unhappy with the conclusions that Cartesian dualism and philosophical postmodernism are contraindicated.) The authors say at the outset that they are not New Agers, but at the end they finally bum out the rationalist reader by calling for more dialog between science and religion.
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Classical physics states that physical reality is local, or that a measurement at one point in space cannot cannot influence what occurs at another beyond a fairly short distance. Until recently this seemed like an immutable truth in nature. However, in 1997 experiments were conducted in which light particles (photons) originated under certain conditions and traveled in opposite directions to detectors located about seven miles apart. The amazing results indicated that the photons "interacted" or "communicated" with one another instantly or "in no time," leading to the revelation that physical reality is non-local--a discovery that Robert Nadeau and Menas Kafatos view as "the most momentous in the history of science." In pursuing this groundbreaking argument, the authors provide a fascinating history of developments that led to the discovery of non-locality and the sometimes heated debate between the great scientists responsible for these discoveries. What this new knowledge reveals, the authors conclude, is that the connection between mind and nature is far more intimate than we previously dared to imagine. What they offer is a revolutionary look at the implications of non-locality, implications that reach deep into that most intimate aspect of humanity--consciousness.

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