The Revolution That Didn't Happen

July 18, 2014 11:39 PM

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The Revolution That Didn't Happen

In 1975, a young Austrian physicist by the name of Fritjof Capra published a bestselling book called The Tao of Physics that still can be found on the science shelves of most bookstores. Capra claimed to see strong parallels between Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and modern physics--especially quantum mechanics. The word tao derives from "way" or "path" and in Chinese philosophy it refers to the underlying organization and unfolding of events in the universe.

Capra elaborated on the connection between quantum mechanics and human consciousness that some physicists were claiming to see, notably the Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner. In Capra's view, this connection was in "perfect harmony with those of the Eastern mystical traditions which have always regarded ...

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