The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates
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How does the cosmos do something it has long been thought that only gods could achieve? How does an inanimate universe generate stunning new forms and unbelievable new powers without a Creator? How does the cosmos create? That’s the central question of a book that in its original edition was called profound, extraordinary, provocative, mind-bending, and daring.
Author Howard Bloom takes you on a scientific expedition into the secret heart of a cosmos you’ve never seen. Not just any cosmos. An electrifyingly inventive cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A driven, ambitious cosmos. A cosmos of colossal shocks. A cosmos of screaming, stunning surprise. A cosmos that breaks five of science’s most sacred laws. Yes, five.
At the end of this intellectual thrill-ride is a whole new theory of the beginning, middle, and end of the universe—the Bloom toroidal model, also known as the big bagel theory—which explains two of the biggest mysteries in physics: dark energy and why, if antimatter and matter are created in equal amounts, there is so little antimatter in this universe.
Called “truly awesome” by Nobel Prize–winner Dudley Herschbach, this paperback edition of The God Problem will pull you in with the irresistible attraction of a black hole and spit you out again enlightened with the force of a big bang. Be prepared to have your mind blown.
his [logical] notation. In discussions at the Congress I observed that he was always more precise than anyone else, and that he invariably got the better of any argument upon which he embarked. As the days went by, I decided that this must be owing to his mathematical logic. I therefore got him to give me all his works, and as soon as the Congress was over I retired to Fernhurst [Russell's home] to study quietly every word written by him and his disciples. It became clear to me that his notation
evolution of man. Spencer, like Driesch, felt the pull of the future beckoning. In the development of human societies and in the development of all of life, Spencer said, “progress…is not an accident, it is a necessity.”338 Parts—be they cells or citizens—differentiate. They specialize. But that's not all. Individuals differentiate. Then they cluster and find others who share their oddball interests. And the clusters of oddballs find allies. They find their place in a bigger picture. They form a
mound in the vacuum. Get out your pocket radar gun and clock the speed of his pitch. Let's say it's eighty miles per hour. Now imagine that you've got a highway in the vacuum. Yes, it's a stretch, but bear with me. Ask your pitcher to stand in the back of a truck. Get a friend to drive the truck past you at one hundred miles per hour. And ask the pitcher to pitch his hardest, to pitch straight forward down the highway as the truck is passing you. When the pitcher pitches from the
and back again. How? Let me give you a quick summary of the fission-fusion strategy. Baboons in South Africa and along East Africa's Zambezi River use the fission-fusion strategy to find food.13 They spread out across the countryside during the day, looking for old and new sources of nourishment. Then they get together at night, sleep near each other, and in the morning their dominant males use body language to compare notes. Each male argues for a different destination for the day's foraging.
choreography of elementary-particle pulses, entropy? Is it a tendency toward disorder? Is it what a turn-of-the-twenty-first-century thermodynamics critic, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Los Angeles's Occidental College Frank L. Lambert, calls mere “energy dispersal”?55 Is this entropy at work? No. Bear with me while I repeat—it's large-scale structure. It's a strange big picture. And it's social behavior. Social behavior riddled with shape shock, riddled with form. And it's so antientropic