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  • The Beginning of Infinity

  • Explanations That Transform the World
  • Geschrieben von: David Deutsch
  • Gesprochen von: Walter Dixon
  • Spieldauer: 20 Std.
  • Ungekürztes Hörbuch
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Welt
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (32 Bewertungen)

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    A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach, according to Deutsch: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve. In his previous book, The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch describe the four deepest strands of existing knowledge-the theories of evolution, quantum physics, knowledge, and computation-arguing jointly they reveal a unified fabric of reality. In this new book, he applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and future of the human species.

    Filled with startling new conclusions about human choice, optimism, scientific explanation, and the evolution of culture, The Beginning of Infinity is a groundbreaking audio book that will become a classic of its kind.

    ©2011 David Deutsch (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

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    “Provocative and persuasive…Mr. Deutsch’s previous tome, The Fabric of Reality, took a broad-ranging sweep… The Beginning of Infinity is equally bold, addressing subjects from artificial intelligence to the evolution of culture and of creativity; its conclusions are just as profound." ( The Economist)

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    An attempt to sell "good explanation" as science

    When a founder of the field of quantum computing writes a book, the world pays attention. After the initial chapters my impression was that the book's purpose is to convey the author's perspective on the nature of human understanding. Two things alerted me early on that this may not be the case. The first was the obsessive use of the word "parochial" without any attempt to substitute it with a synonym, such as "tribal". The second was the use of term "good explanation", where the adjective passes on a value judgment. The author does not need to invent anything new, and this is not the goal of the book. David Deutsch has already invented something that remains controversial: the multiverse interpretation of the quantum mechanics. This book is his attempt to change the essence of scientific discourse by shifting the perception of a theory's validity from their falsifiability to how "good explanation" it is. David Deutsch wants to succeed in his scientific method subversion attempt, so as to open the doors for the community's acceptance of his multiverse interpretation as a "good explanation". And while I personally have no doubt that the multiverse interpretation is one of rather good explanations of quantum mechanics foundations, I would like to label David Deutsch as a "corrupter of youth" for his attempts in subverting the golden standards of the scientific discourse.

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    Problems are solvable

    I came to this book, while Steven Pinker referred to it several times in his latest book, Enlightenment Now. I’m seduced by the upbeat, the optimistic take on our universe, that runs like a red threat through the book. I hope that phrases like “Problems are inevitable. Problems are solvable” will become memes in our culture. I also like the emphasis on knowledge, and that if the laws of physics does not prohibit it, then with the necessary knowledge any problem is solvable.

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    simply mind-blowing

    This book is certainly one of the most exciting collection of ideas I've ever seen.