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Can human nature ultimately be described by physics?

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From neuroscientist Raymond Tallis at New Atlantis:

The project of understanding time is to try to get a clear and just idea of the nature of the relationship between the universe and the observer in respect of time. By rethinking time in this way, we may elude a form of naturalism that sees us as being at bottom material objects whose nature will ultimately be described by physics. We are more than cogs in the universal clock, forced to collaborate with the very progress that pushes us towards our own midnight. By placing human consciousness at the heart of time, it is possible to crack ajar a door through which a sense of possibility can stream.

See also: Prof. Raymond Tallis – “Aping Mankind? Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity”

2 Replies to “Can human nature ultimately be described by physics?

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    J-Mac says:

    “If there were a dividing line between the quantum and the classical worlds, we could use the space and time of the classical world to provide a framework for describing quantum processes. But without such a dividing line—and, indeed, with­out a truly classical world—we lose this framework. We must explain space and time (4D space-time) as somehow emerging from fundamentally spaceless and timeless physics.”

    “According to the famous words of Albert Einstein, the effects of quantum entanglement appear as “spooky action at a distance”. The recent experiment has gone one remarkable step further. “Within a naïve classical word view, quantum mechanics can even mimic an influence of future actions on past events”, says Anton Zeilinger”.

    So, since time seems to be an illusion, who says space is not? Quantum mechanics seems to override all accepted logic…

    The question still remains though: which theory is more likely to survive in the quest for the theory of everything? Quantum field theory or the theory of general relativity?

    John 8:58 New International Version (NIV)

    “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

    more at: https://phys.org/news/2012-04-quantum-physics-mimics-spooky-action.html#jCp

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    J-Mac says:

    Did Einstein believe time was real?

    “On learning of the death of a lifelong friend, Einstein wrote in a March 1955 letter to his friend’s family:

    “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

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