'The Reality Problem'; my new, free popular-science book
This year, along with some other writing projects, I've written a new popular science book called 'The Reality Problem'. It covers similar ground to my other book 'How science shows…', but this book doesn't include the historical element. This new book is also, I think, easier to understand, especially when it comes to the physics. It's also smaller in size, physically and digitally, as its illustrations are all black-and-white and it about 40,000 words long. Think of it as a pocket tome, full of fascinating and significant ideas. The first few pages are as follows:
Part 1: Problems and Solutions
Problem #1: The Life-Entropy Problem
Problem #2: Maxwell’s Demon
Problem #3: Boltzmann’s Well-Ordered Universe Problem
Problem #4: The Big Bang and the Law of Conservation of Energy
Problem #5: The Baryon Asymmetry Problem
Problem #6: The Fine Tuning Problem
Problem #7: Human Psychology
Problem #8: The Observer Problem
Problem #9: Schrödinger’s Cat
Problem #10: Wigner’s Friend
Solution #1: Minds create reality
Problem #11: Laplace’s Demon
Solution #2: Reality is a crazy recording.
Part 2: Evidence
Part 3: Meaning
Why are we alive?
What happens after death?
Part 1: Problems and Solutions
“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” Dr Richard Feynman Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, 1965
This book is all about a problem with reality. According to Standard Science, our universe shouldn’t exist. Scientists don’t mention this fact very often but it’s true; the Official Laws of Physics that describe our universe don’t actually fit with how our universe is. If we tried to create a universe using our Official Laws of Physics, nothing would appear. If we forced our universe to follow our Official Laws of Physics, it would cease to exist.
The hopeless disconnect between Scientific Law and reality doesn’t mean that our science is entirely wrong, it’s just that our official science is seriously wrong on several fundamental issues. The scientific community already knows this. Popular science books and magazines do touch on its fundamental problems now and then. They briefly explain the issues, admit that they’re still unsolved, and then move swiftly on to safer ground.
This book isn’t going to do that. It’s going to study these Big Problems, work out why they’re so gnarly, and then show a solution to them developed by several brilliant scientists and mathematicians, many of whom won Nobel Prizes. The solution is elegant, understandable and can transform our understanding of ourselves and the universe. Part 1 of this book will explain the solution that these brilliant minds came up with, and how they discovered it. Part 2 will then look at fascinating evidence that supports that solution. Finally, Part 3 will explore what all these evidence and theories can tell us about why we are alive and here in this reality.
Some readers might wonder that if there is a solution that solves so many Big Problems in physics, and it’s been developed by Nobel Prize Winners, then shouldn’t we have heard of it? Well, yes and no. Yes, we should but no, few of us are likely to have heard of it because our scientific establishment regards the solution they came up with as heretical. This is an ironic term to use, as the word ‘heretical’ is from the Greek word hairetikos, which means ‘able to choose’. Some of these scientists have also been called idiots because of the evidence they put forward flies in the face of the official line. Such an insult is also ironic, as the word ‘idiot’ literally means ‘a person who likes being on their own’. This is because, in Ancient Greece, socialising was regarded as very important, and so anyone who spent time on their own was seen as a fool. 'Heretical idiot' is therefore exactly what a scientist should be. Scientists would do well to pay attention to the words they use, as some of them can backfire. For example, the word ‘scientist’ itself is from the root word ‘scire’, which means to separate, from which we get words such as ‘scissors’, ‘sceptic’ and ‘shit’, which is someone’s separation. Scientists’ opinions are therefore, literally… full of shit.
Readers who have already read my earlier popular-science book, 'How Science shows that almost everything important we've been told is wrong' (I'm so pleased I've chosen a shorter title for this new book) may still enjoy this new book. I've made an effort to explain the quantum physics parts of it in a clearer way, or as much as one can. I've also tried to focus on the key physics and reality topics in this book, and their spiritual and scientific consequences, and not gone off in other directions.
The reason I'm giving this book away for free is because I think it needs to be read by as many people as possible; I think its ideas would help us greatly as a thinking species. I'm also giving this book away because it's not that long a book. In the future, if there's sufficient interest, I may write a longer version and sell that one but that's only a future possibility at the moment.
Anyway, here's the book for download.