A Beginner's Guide to Reality

A Beginner's Guide to Reality

Book - 2006
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Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2006, c2005
ISBN: 9781933648040
193364804X
Characteristics: x, 257 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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TheIronPaw
Jun 01, 2013

What a great book, combining philosophy and science to explore the reality of "reality". Baggott ranges from Plato's caves, to Descartes and Kant, to Schrodinger's Cat. He discusses reality from 3 perspectives: socially constructed reality (so you thought money was real?), physical reality (all this time I thought my "red" was the same as yours), and finally how science deals with, or fails to deal with reality (to think that the universe may only be a collapsed wave function in a conscious mind). This book is written in a lighthearted manner making it enjoyable reading. Baggott draws heavily on movies, especially Matrix, and "far-out" literature such as the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, to help us understand the complex concepts presented.

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