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Pathways of Chance [Paperback]

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A daring fusion of memoir and leading edge explorations from one of the most interesting and innovative thinkers around today. From Liverpool of the Beatles, to the Blackfoot Sundance, to the medieval Italian village where he now lives, Pathways is also a highly readable exploration of the latest ideas in science, psychology, the arts. It includes the authors encounters with such figures as Bertrand Russell, David Bohm, Sir Michael Tippett, Sir Roger Penrose and Werner Heisenberg.

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Studio: Pari Publishing
Pages   169
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2007
Publisher   Pari Publishing
ISBN  8890196017  
ISBN13  9788890196010  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Briggs, Ph.D., is a professor of English and the journalism coordinator at Western Connecticut State University. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut.

F. David Peat holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Liverpool and has written dozens of books on art, science, and spirituality. He lives in London. They are the authors of Turbulent Mirror.

F. David Peat was born in 1938.

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Fascinating reading  Feb 25, 2008
This is a fascinating book about the nature of reality. The scientific method has evolved over centuries to understand physical reality. Dr. David Peat is trained in this method, having a PhD and being a researcher in physics. He uses his skills to elucidate several insights from modern physics in terms that are delightfully accessible to non-physicists. Human experience is another type of reality. Various academic disciplines such as psychology, sociology and economics are concerned the understanding of human reality. Other windows on human reality are provided by self-awareness, introspection, and accounts of other peoples' lives. (See "The Universe in a Single Atom" by the Dalai Lama, who is highly trained in self-awareness, for another book that discusses both types of reality.) Scientists who develop an understanding of our physical universe are, by necessity, also experiencing their own human reality. Pathways of Chance includes stories about renowned physicists Wolgang Pauli and David Bohm to shed light on the human aspects of reality.

The reader receives a double gift: informed insights about physical reality, and a perspective on human reality that is advised by analytical methods more usually applied only to the physical world. Physics has made great, and occasionally controversial, strides by developing models of reality. These models have enabled humankind to influence physical reality in very powerful ways. For example, understanding the equivalence of energy and matter has resulted in the use of nuclear energy for many purposes. The models may be mental constructs, but their uses have huge impacts on our human experience. Of course, the construction of the mental models is itself a human experience, but undertaken by a few people and published in journals with language and symbols that are accessible to only a small number of trained individuals. The book gives insight into the minds of that small number of people.

Pathways of Chance reminds the reader that there is not really a solid barrier between physical and human realities. Any observation influences the system that is being observed. This is the basis of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. The more accurately one knows the position of a sub-atomic particle the less certain one is of its momentum, precisely because the act of observation has an impact on the particle. In a similar way, this book may have a remarkable influence on our world as readers become aware of its insights. Indeed, towards the end of the book, Dr. Peat briefly discusses economic reality, i.e., the behavior of our social system. I recommend the book as an accessible and wide-ranging account of physics, language, music, art and human experience.
From the Theatre of the mind to.........REALITY!!!  Jun 16, 2005
Unlike a vast majority of sociologist and scientists who's theories for tackling Social/Global problems merely laps back into pure academia, David Peat is unique in that his theories you can actually apply. This comes about because his theories and whole approach to life within the community around him in Pari(Italy) are interwoven.I know this because his ideas have already caused ripples in my part of the world and have lead to some very interesting and tangible results. Now in his bio David shows us all so much more through his experiences, and go on the journey that helped change so many lives!
Claire Appleby UK (T.A.M.S.).
The Author writes:  Jun 9, 2005
"Pathways of Chance" was a joy to write. It was an opportunity to look back on my life, recall the people I had met and explore the ideas that had intrigued me. The book begins in wartime England, continues with my life as a student in Liverpool at the time of the Beatles, it then moves to Canada, to a meeting with the physicist and philosopher, David Bohm, an encounter with the Blackfoot and other Native Americans, to my on going interactions with artists and finally a move to a medieval hilltop village in Italy and the creation of the Pari Center for New Learning.

The book is not only about my personal encounters, it is also an exploration and explanation of the ideas I have spent my life exploring: - the mysteries of quantum reality, the paradox of "Schrödinger's Cat", David Bohm's proposal that an activity of information pervades the universe and that mind was present from the beginning. The book discusses how the languages we speak affect what we see and do. It touches on synchronicities (meaningful synchronicities) and the ideas of Carl Jung, it looks at the way our understanding of the cosmos may be encoded within our bodies, the relationship between art and science, the possibility of new forms of ethical action and my hopes for the future.

F. David Peat is the author of twenty books including "From Certainty to Uncertainty: The Story of Science and Ideas in the Twentieth Century", "Blackwinged Night: Creativity in Nature and Mind", "Blackfoot Physics", "Synchronicity: The Bridge between Matter and Mind", "Seven Life Lessons of Chaos" (with John Briggs) and "Science, Order and Creativity" with David Bohm
What people have said about this book  Jun 7, 2005
David Peat possesses one of the most incisive, expansive minds I've
ever known. His work has inspired a generation. His
autobiographical Pathways of Chance is a fascinating roadmap of
20th-century learning and a beacon to the future. No one perceives
connections or explains them with greater clarity than Peat. This
book is a moveable feast."
Larry Dossey, MD, The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, Healing Words and Reinventing Medicine.

Yes, physicists are strange beings and usually we fail to see just what
makes them tick or we can't imagine how anyone in their right mind would
ever become one. David Peat's new book provides an informative and honest
from-the-heart answer. This autobiographical look behind the scenes will
inform and engage you as you follow along Dr. Peat's journey through time
and meet all of the characters he found so interesting.
Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D, The Yoga of Time Travel

Here we have that rare and wonderful thing: a scientist who can truly write. Peat's
autobiography is a daring fusion of the memoir and the cutting-edge essay. It makes a
rich and readable introduction, not only to Peat's own extraordinary life and his web of
20th-century connections, but also to some of the most tantalising ideas and figures of
the period, across both science and art. It is, at times, provocative; at other times,
poignantly human. Throughout, it is erudite and, above all, keenly concerned about how
we, as a species and a planet, move forward in the 21st-century. Peat's words are subtle
catalysts, sparking in us our own potential for transformation at all levels of life.
Pathways of Chance is a fascinating book, and an important one. Read it now.
Alison McLeod, novelist The Wave Theory of Angels

David Peat has one of the liveliest, most wide-ranging, depth probing minds I've ever encountered. Peat's thoughts on physics, philosophy and the arts, put forward in a genial, gracious writing style, reads like a can't-put-down mystery novel. Pathways of Chance will surely appeal to all who are interested in any of these subjects as well as those who like reading about his and other famous people's fascinating lives.
Joseph Eger, Conductor, Symphony for United Nations, author of
Einstein's Violin: A Conductor's Notes on Music, Physics and Social Change

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