The Fabric of Reality, Part II

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 in Blog, Science | 2 comments

The Fabric of Reality, Part II

In this post, I want to continue my review of David Deutsch’s book, The Fabric of Reality. The Meaning of Life In Chapter 8, “The Significance of Life”, Deutsch adopts the ‘selfish gene’ view in which the physical bodies of living creatures are considered just another part of the environment of the creatures DNA. Deutsch offers the example of a bear, for whom its nose and its cave are roughly equivalent elements of the environment of the bear’s genes; and although he recognizes the “perversity” of the claim, he at least seems to assert that the...

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The Fabric of Reality, a book review

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Blog, Science | 0 comments

The Fabric of Reality, a book review

I have recently read through David Deutsch’s The Fabric of Reality. I am glad that I did, since Deutsch has so clearly presented the elements of the many-worlds hypothesis that it was plain even to yours truly. Toward a Theory of Everything The primary thesis of the book is that we may be closer to a Theory of Everything than we might expect. Deutsch’s usage of the term is quite different than the usual meaning in theoretical physics, where ToE implies a unification of all the known forces and particles. The main thrust of this effort is the unification of quantum mechanics and...

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