“We are merely reflections of a single mind in a multiple-reflection looking glass.” – From the book
Featured in the popular indie movie What the Bleep Do We Know!?, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf is the author of such books as Mind Into Matter, The Spiritual Universe, and Matter into Feeling. In 1982, his book Taking the Quantum Leap was a recipient of the prestigious National Book Award for Science. Known for simplification of the new physics and bridging scientific and spiritual thought, Dr. Wolf has carefully chosen and arranged excerpts from his books and interviews for the book Dr. Quantum’s Little Book of Big Ideas. According to the author, the bite size nuggets aren’t intended to “teach” anything (although he hopes readers learn a bit about themselves and the universe) but rather to help loosen tight bonds wrapped around beliefs held as the “only” reality.
Some of the nuggets of wisdom are quite short—just a sentence—while others span two pages. These tidbits cover Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, consciousness, how observation changes reality, parallel universes, One Mind, the nature of time and more.
“The world is malleable, infinitely changeable. Not only are we capable of changing the present, but also the past.”
“Mere observation is enough to alter the history of anything or anyone, even a whole country.”
“”Physicists Albert Einstein and Richard Tolman showed that if quantum mechanics describes events, then even the past is as uncertain as the future. So how do we have any past at all? The answer is that we create them! Yes. What we call the past only exists in the windmills of our mind. We in the present are responsible for our pasts, not the other way around. We are the creators of history.”
“When you aren’t looking, it’s like a wave. When you are looking, it’s like a particle.”
“Do you think when a new idea comes out everybody’s really excited and ready to get it? No! That ain’t how it works! When a new idea comes out people are very reluctant to change the way they’ve always thought—even when they know it’s wrong. They don’t want to change.”
A soft cover book of 143 pages, Dr. Quantum’s Little book of Big Ideas offers easily digestible pieces of quantum wisdom. Although most are easy to understand, several ideas are mind blowing in their implication. If you’re interested in quantum physics, the mind/matter connection, the power of the observer and creating reality, this is a great book inviting you to ponder the nature of life and workings of the you-niverse.
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