The Beginning Of Infinity

Author: David Deutsch
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101549823
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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge In this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe—and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Taking us on a journey through every fundamental field of science, as well as the history of civilization, art, moral values, and the theory of political institutions, Deutsch tracks how we form new explanations and drop bad ones, explaining the conditions under which progress—which he argues is potentially boundless—can and cannot happen. Hugely ambitious and highly original, The Beginning of Infinity explores and establishes deep connections between the laws of nature, the human condition, knowledge, and the possibility for progress.

The Beginnings Of Infinity

Author: Ethan Reyna
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1543412734
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If all around you was empty darkness and this was all that you knew, would you strive for enlightened space? If you were as blind as love, would you search for a purpose in yourself and others? Ethan Reynas The Beginnings of Infinity is a fictional odyssey of a molecule of emotion. It is a quest whose goal illuminates the true purpose of love and the value of friendship. In this book, we will all journey with love to share all that we have with every being we meet and discover our true purpose in the universe. Even when we reach the end of the end, there is no surprise that there is infinitely more.

Open Questions

Author: Luís F. Rodrigues
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313386447
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This book offers 27 interviews with distinguished intellectuals from different fields of expertise, presenting their viewpoints about the existence and nonexistence of God, the roles of religion and science, and other related—and controversial—topics. * Contributors include distinguished scholars and investigators with both religious and nonreligious worldviews * New interviews, never published before, provide unique and accessible insight into the current thinking of prominent scholars * Provides various viewpoints on controversial topics in a civil, respectful manner

Totality And Infinity

Author: E. Levinas
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400993420
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Ever since the beginning of the modern phenomenological movement disciplined attention has been paid to various patterns of human experi ence as they are actually lived through in the concrete. This has brought forth many attempts to tind a general philosophical position which can do justice to these experiences without reduction or distQrtion. In France, the best known of these recent attempts have been made by Sartre in his Being and Nothingness and by Merleau-Ponty in his Phenomenol ogy of Perception and certain later fragments. Sartre has a keen sense for life as it is lived, and his work is marked by many penetrating descrip tions. But his dualistic ontology of the en-soi versus the pour-soi has seemed over-simple and inadequate to many critics, and has been seriously qualitied by the author himself in his latest Marxist work, The Critique of Dialetical Reason. Merleau-Ponty's major work is a lasting contri but ion to the phenomenology of the pre-objective world of perception. But asi de from a few brief hints and sketches, he was unable, before his unfortunate death in 1961, to work out carefully his ultimate philosophi cal point of view. This leaves us then with the German philosopher, Heidegger, as the only contemporary thinker who has formulated a total ontology which claims to do justice to the stable results of phenomenology and to the liv ing existential thought of our time.

A Critique Of Infinity

Author: L. Anckaert
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
ISBN: 9789042918160
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Levinas writes that Rosenzweig is too present in his work to be cited. This cryptic suggestion is unfolded into an in-depth confrontation. Both philosophers implement the same speculative gesture. Rosenzweig writes in post-Hegelian times; Levinas's thinking is enriched by phenomenology and marked by the Holocaust. Their critical exploration of the relationship to the infinite offers radically new perspectives on the language, the time and the other. The confrontation raises serious questions. How is a concept of alterity possible without accepting an identity? What are the concealed presuppositions? The questions lead to a critical analysis that cautiously explores the boundaries of dialogical thinking. But it is also the expression of the esteem held for the strong power of inspiration. As such, this book is both a critique and a tribute to Rosenzweig and Levinas. The book contains an exhaustive bibliography of the comparative studies. The manuscript was gold awarded by the Teylers Fellowship of Haarlem (the Netherlands).

The Wrong Kind Of Snow

Author: JS Venit
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469150875
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The Origins Of Order

Author: Stuart A. Kauffman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199826674
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Stuart Kauffman here presents a brilliant new paradigm for evolutionary biology, one that extends the basic concepts of Darwinian evolution to accommodate recent findings and perspectives from the fields of biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. The book drives to the heart of the exciting debate on the origins of life and maintenance of order in complex biological systems. It focuses on the concept of self-organization: the spontaneous emergence of order that is widely observed throughout nature Kauffman argues that self-organization plays an important role in the Darwinian process of natural selection. Yet until now no systematic effort has been made to incorporate the concept of self-organization into evolutionary theory. The construction requirements which permit complex systems to adapt are poorly understood, as is the extent to which selection itself can yield systems able to adapt more successfully. This book explores these themes. It shows how complex systems, contrary to expectations, can spontaneously exhibit stunning degrees of order, and how this order, in turn, is essential for understanding the emergence and development of life on Earth. Topics include the new biotechnology of applied molecular evolution, with its important implications for developing new drugs and vaccines; the balance between order and chaos observed in many naturally occurring systems; new insights concerning the predictive power of statistical mechanics in biology; and other major issues. Indeed, the approaches investigated here may prove to be the new center around which biological science itself will evolve. The work is written for all those interested in the cutting edge of research in the life sciences.

The Infinity Puzzle

Author: Frank Close
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019162800X
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We are living in a Golden Age of Physics. Forty or so years ago, three brilliant, yet little-known scientists - an American, a Dutchman, and an Englishman - made breakthroughs which later inspired the construction of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva: a 27 kilometre-long machine that cost ten billion dollars, took twenty years to build, and finally discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The Infinity Puzzle is the inside story of those forty years of research, breakthrough, and endeavour. Peter Higgs, Gerard 't Hooft and James Bjorken were the three scientists whose work is explored here, played out across the decades against a backdrop of high politics, low behaviour, and billion dollar budgets. Written by Frank Close, the eminent physicist and award-winning writer, The Infinity Puzzle also draws upon the author's close friendships with those involved. In July 2012, in the days leading up to the momentous announcement that the Higgs boson had indeed been discovered, Frank Close and Peter Higgs were together at a conference in Sicily. In this paperback edition, Close includes a substantial epilogue reflecting on the announcement, its implications, and the impact on Peter Higgs and others.

Exploring Infinity

Author: Stephen Janusz
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 373224234X
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We have discussed the concepts of eternity, evil, time, witchcraft, evolution, spirits, science and religion. The only conclusion is what we previously said of Aristotle, Greek philosopher, hundreds of years B.C.: "The only thing I know is that I don't know ." We would only hope that what another greater Thinker once said, is true, that there is the existence of an eternal reward in "Nirvana," "Heaven," or "after-life." In this earth, the Alpha and the Omega are shielded from our eyes, perhaps for our own good. Maybe our life is a kind of a training film, or as a proving grounds, to test our good from our unworthy traits. Many stories are told about people who have almost passed to the "other side," and come back to relate what they have seen. These people have no collusion, but all have a common thread: a light, a tunnel, a great expectation. Let us "hope" that their "faith" can lead to our greatest desire, that the Being that gave us these longings has the "charity" to not let it all end here. History repeats itself they say. But in order to be "gods," we will have to be as holy as "Buddha." Remember the Commandment "I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have strange gods before me. The greatest sin was Lucifer's, the sin of Pride. Let us realize that whatever was the cause, Somebody wanted to share creation with us and communicate. The Word was God, and dwelt among us. We have noted that there are explanations of the infinite from people like Confucius, Buddha, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Galileo, Newton, Goethe, Heisenberg, Einstein, and lately, Hawking. But only one Person has all the answers - JESUS

Infinity In The Presocratics

Author: L. Sweeney
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401027293
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Throughout the long centuries of western metaphysics the problem of the infinite has kept surfacing in different but important ways. It had confronted Greek philosophical speculation from earliest times. It appeared in the definition of the divine attributed to Thales in Diogenes Laertius (I, 36) under the description "that which has neither beginning nor end. " It was presented on the scroll of Anaximander with enough precision to allow doxographers to transmit it in the technical terminology of the unlimited (apeiron) and the indeterminate (aoriston). The respective quanti tative and qualitative implications of these terms could hardly avoid causing trouble. The formation of the words, moreover, was clearly negative or privative in bearing. Yet in the philosophical framework the notion in its earliest use meant something highly positive, signifying fruitful content for the first principle of all the things that have positive status in the universe. These tensions could not help but make themselves felt through the course of later Greek thought. In one extreme the notion of the infinite was refined in a way that left it appropriated to the Aristotelian category of quantity. In Aristotle (Phys. III 6-8) it came to appear as essentially re quiring imperfection and lack. It meant the capacity for never-ending increase. It was always potential, never completely actualized.