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- the Rainbow
and the Worm
My perspective of Mae-Wan Hos the Rainbow and the
World Scientific paperback, 184 pages. -
22-24June1998 (latest rev - 3Mar2011 - Latest
Change and test rev is here.)
- Dr. Mae-Wan Ho "undoubtedly the most important
writer today in the controversial field of biotechnology"
- The Ecologist, August 1997.
- To you reader: This is our first book where an author
unwittingly conjoins both Pirsigean and Quantum multiverses,
and does it wholesomely from a clean, fresh quantum-biological
perspective. As others, Mae-Wan Ho demotes classical science
and its concomitant Subject-Object Metaphysics (SOM) in her process.
For us, this is pure affirmation of Pirsig's and our work. This
is not an easy book for those with closed, SOM-like mindsets.
- I apologize in advance for any choppiness and length of this
review. Both are by necessity (her book is compact but dense).
This review is not in a casual (easy to read) form of other reviews
you may have perused on this site.
- Some material is nearly cutting edge and difficult. Some
is just review to build foundation for startling results you
encounter later. Keep your mind open and read through
some technically difficult parts. Allow your mind to be a sponge
and soak it all in, even that which you may think is too tough
for you. Enjoy many rewards, many new insights, and an expanded
view of reality.
- Mae-Wan Ho's book offers you a new perspective of life and
life's process. Most of us in Western culture are brain-washed
into a one-life centric maxim. This book gives you a quantum
perspective of life and supports your and our conjecture that
life is forever changing and unending. Our current static pattern
of being which we experience for fewer than 100 Earth years is
but one coherent phase transition of a never-ending process.
We do not die in a classical sense. We endlessly transform. In
some cogent terms of Pirsig's MoQ metaphor, we flux twixt DQ
and SQ. Really!
- From a reviewer's perspective this book is incredible, marvelous...all
superlatives rolled into one. Why? Because her book makes cogent
points promulgated by our prime Quantonics meme: our new
quantum science is a dual of Robert M. Pirsig's Metaphysics
of Quality (MoQ). Without saying those particular words, and
apparently without any knowledge of Pirsig's work and others'
efforts to show a MoQ-Quantum Science duality, Mae-Wan Ho makes
her point for us over and over again.
- Her book's subtitle is, 'The Physics of Organisms.'
- Our author, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, dumps all regard for any reader's
classical predilections. From her perspective classical science
is passé and she makes that view unambiguous in quotes
like this: "But we no longer live in an age of mechanical
determinism." p. 2, and "...a Newtonian mechanical
view of organisms...has proved thoroughly inadequate to account
for life." p. 3.
- At this point you may be saying to yourself, "Why did
Doug write this review? What is in this for me?" OK, let
me electrify you with a few more direct quotes from her book.
If these grab you, you probably want to finish our review:
- Skip science - go directly to rhetoric? "That would
have defeated one of the main purposes of this work, which is
to show how science can reveal in a precise way the deeper wonders
and mysteries of nature which are currently in danger of being
totally obscured by the kind of superficial woolly misrepresentation
that many people, especially the young mistake to be 'new age
philosophy.'" p. viii.
- Science: "It is to initiate us fully into the
poetry that is the soul of nature, the poetry that is ultimately
always beyond what theories or words say." p. viii.
- Contemporary biology lab technique: "...the typical
way to study living organisms is to kill and fix them, or smash
them up into pieces until nothing is left of the organization..."
p. 3. Now does that sound like good old classical SOM, or what?
- Are we teaching people how to think in a new, better
way? "Our education already suffers from a surfeit of facile,
simplistic answers which serve to explain away the phenomena,
and hence to deaden the imagination and dull the intellect."
p. 4. How's that for an indictment of today's Western classical
SOM education system?
- The Lila dance? Science is "...an adventure of
the free, inquiring spirit...the enigmas, the mysteries and paradoxes
that take hold of the imagination, leading it on the most exquisite
dance." p. 5.
- Life: "...life is a process of being
an organizing whole...a process and not a thing, nor
a property of a material thing or structure."
- If that does not hook you, then retroreflect...get back to
your decohering SOM. Or, better yet, see an extended list of
quotes with the reviewer's
comments. (See 29Mar2000 rev's. titled 29Mar00 note;
see 17May99 revisions titled New note at this link.)
- She starts out by telling us what life
is and how our current ways of thinking about life are
manifestly weak. Life activities we take for granted, like moving
one's arm, cannot be explained by classical science. Chemical
processes and signaling require non-local and superluminal communication
to work. Any muscle-moving
or other coherent biological process is nearly 100% efficient.
Only quantum science can explain this innate biological capability
living systems possess.
- Dr. Mae-Wan Ho spends her first two brief chapters on problems
of classical thermodynamics theory and shows its inadequacy in
explaining living system processes. (If you are a non-technical
person, her first few chapters are tough going. But don't give
up! There are gems in here which you will grasp, and they
are worthy of your effort. She saved best for last. You need
her foundational concepts, however roughly you gather them, to
see her brilliant actin of light building in the later
- In chapter three, she shows us how classical thermodynamics
is about inefficient bulk phase transfer of thermalized (heat)
energy among macroscopic entities. In comparison, living systems
are ensembles of quantum systems whose activities are nearly
100% efficient, and coordinated over large distances, instantaneously
[Said instantaneity implies ideal adiabaticity! Doug - 19Jun2005]
via the metaphysics of quantum
- (It became clear to your reviewer distributed living tissue
systems may replace vehicle-monolithic high-torque, reciprocating
internal combustion positive torque sources sooner than we think.)
- To aid your understanding of coherent behavior she spends
chapter four showing you real world examples of transitions to
and from coherent macro behavior of systems. She explains why
coherence is so important for you to understand. Coherent systems:
"...despite large fluxes of materials and chemical transformations
in the system, the net change in entropy of the system is zero...entropy
does not accumulate in the system...provided the cycles are [coherent]."
- Cycling coherent systems are manifestations of the underlying
quantum nature of our reality.
- She describes her cycles much as we do in Reality Loops I & II.
To our delight, she shows a picture on page 48 which shows a
natural ecological cycle in a form nearly identical to ours.
Water and carbon dioxide create and discreate in a (h-bar granular)
photon-driven loop to-from carbohydrates and oxygen.
- She tells us, "The coupling can be so perfect that the
efficiency of energy transfer is close to 100%." And, "Coupled
cycles are the ultimate wisdom of nature." p. 49.
- In chapter five, she quotes Schrödinger's famous statement
about life. Curiously, after careful re-reading of Schrödinger's
remarks in a context of Pirsig's MoQ you see new light. You see
a new connection to Pirsig which was not there before.
- Remember, Schrödinger and his pals were pioneering quantum
science in 20th century's first quarter. They carried even more
SOM baggage than we do today. It was very difficult for them
to deal with intricate and ironic concepts like free energy
(their philosophical choices were only Subject and Object, and
free energy which, in SOM, is a subjective concept). However,
if we substitute Dynamic Quality for those words in her Schrödinger
quote about life we get something that makes enormous sense:
'It is by avoiding the rapid decay into
the inert state of equilibrium that an organism appears
so enigmatic...What an organism feeds upon is [Dynamic Quality].
Or, to put it less paradoxically, the essential thing in metabolism
is that the organism succeeds in freeing itself from all the
[Static Quality] it cannot help producing while alive.' (The reviewer substituted DQ for negentropy
and SQ for entropy.)
- This almost exactly paraphrases Pirsig. Life organisms (SQ)
need to latch and temporarily free themselves from DQ,
but they also need (to feed on) DQ to change, emerge, grow, and
survive. Again, a Lila dance, stated from a slightly different
viewpoint by Schrödinger himself. Schrödinger's view
also shows SQ in commingling interrelationships with DQ.
- At end of chapter five, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho says we need an extended
thermodynamics which allows for, "...living systems [that]
contain isothermal equilibrium machines, non-equilibrium machines,
[and] quantum molecular machines." Why? Living systems are
not classical thermodynamic engines.
- In chapter six, she describes music nature composes for its
Lila dance. It is a wide ranging score. Nature's known
electromagnetic spectrum ranges from wavelengths of <10^-14
meters on its short end to >10^8 meters on its long end, a
span of >10^22. This span corresponds to >2^73 frequency
doublings or octaves. Nature's musical score for her Lila
dance spans at least 73 octaves!
- In order to dance, she shows us Dynamic Quality latches Static
Quality patterns of both particles and waves, as conjectured
by Prince Louis de Broglie (say de Broy) in 1924, and shown experimentally
many times since. Not only that, but particles and waves are
complementary to one another, and their SQ duality remains
complementary to DQ. So nature's dance partners are SQ in interrelationships
with SQ, and SQ in interrelationships with DQ, just like Pirsig's
MoQ! This dance, conducted to nature's 73 octaves of music, produces
a reality we know. And as you can see again, it is not
an objective reality. It is a wave-particle reality, a
quantum reality. SOM objects cannot dance nature's Lila
- In chapter seven, music for Lila's dance plays on as Mae-Wan
introduces us to concepts of living systems' non-equilibrium
phase transitions and quantum coherence across all of nature's
musical score. She says, "What we must imagine is an incredible
hive of activity at every level of magnification in the organism
- of music being made using perhaps two thirds of the 73 octaves
of the electromagnetic spectrum - locally appearing as though
completely chaotic, and yet perfectly coordinated as a whole.
This exquisite music is played in endless variations subject
to our changes of mood and physiology, each organism and species
with its own repertoire." p. 92.
- Coherent behavior in living systems account for these recognizable
characteristics (p. 92):
- long range order
- long range coordination
- rapid energy transfer
- efficient energy transfer
- extreme sensitivity to specific signals
- We can see some effects of quantum coherence in oar synchronicity
of long boat racing, synchronized swimming, grebes mating, pleasure
of music and other stimuli that resonate with our being, etc.
- She tells
us, "The idea of coherence is so foreign to most Western-trained
scientists that there is a lot of resistance to it from the mainstream.
It is easy to blame this just on the reductionistic tendencies
of Western science for which cooperativity and coherence are
anathemas." p. 93. But she also sees it is more of a problem
methodologically than just reductionism. There is the "violence
- SOM's mindset, ever so prominent during 1960s (and still
so today), taught biologists that a cell is just a bag of enzymes
awaiting a cuisinart and 100k g centrifuge. So
much for destructive testing and analysis. This is SOM, pure
and simple. Brain dead, facile, inept. She tells us, "On
account of their important role in metabolism, much of biochemistry
is given over to the study of the mechanism of enzyme action
in vitro, [objectively in glass,] although how they actually
work in vivo, [subjectively] within the cell is still
a mystery." She goes on to describe objective violence SOM
biologists do to cellular contents in order to overcome obstacles
of a subjective cell itself. More simile to MoQ.
- Living systems' cell structures are extraordinarily complex
and coherent. They cannot be studied effectively through SOM's
myopic lens of objectivity. A cell's structure is a quantum system
composite which must be studied whole, non-invasively, and non-destructively.
Also, we have a great deal of trouble
using our SOM language to describe and explain quantum organization
and behavior of living structures.
- "...to make a more general point about the scourge of
the language we have to communicate in. If we let this language
dominate our thoughts, as some philosophers seem to believe we
must, it will surely reduce us all to idiots who take everything
literally. Actually, we never take anything just literally, even
in ordinary discourse. If we did, we would not only lose all
the meaning behind the words, but also the unfathomable magic."
- As we recall Niels Bohr understood well this problem of language
- She goes on to tell us we must not only change how we work,
how we think, and how we use language, but we must also begin
to see living systems' foundations as coherent electrodynamic
fields underlying all living organization. Coherent fields are
necessary to all recognizable characteristics listed above.
- In chapter eight she shows us how we can recognize coherence
in living systems. Already we mentioned characteristics listed
above, and here she adds: frequency coupling in coherent
modes, and coherent fluctuationless functioning of entire populations
- "There is as yet no direct evidence organisms are coherent,
although there are already signs of it from many areas of biological
research. Part of the difficulty is that we do not yet know what
we should be looking for...Another difficulty is...until quite
recently, there have been very few experiments set up to observe
a living system...Biology has a long tradition of fixing,
pinning, clamping, pressing, pulping, homogenizing, extracting
and fractionating; all of which has given rise to, and reinforced,
a static and atomistic view of the organism. It
is no wonder that most biologists still find it difficult to
even think of coherence, let alone contemplate how to go about
investigating it." p. 111. She gives much inferred evidence
for coherence in living systems.
- [Cell death:
see bold green text below...Doug.] In chapter nine she exposes
new turf. She tells us biophoton emission is universal to living
systems. We all emit light, but at levels usually below bioluminescence.
Given some type of energy input, a living system will increase
its biophoton output. What is interesting here is a living system's
distribution of output biophotons over time. Its distribution
is hyperbolic. It is a unique kind of stimulated emission distribution.
Its hyperbolic distribution is a sufficient condition for a coherent
light field! "What this implies is that photons are held
in a coherent form in the organism, and when stimulated, they
are emitted coherently, like a very weak, multimode laser."
- This result leads to conjecture, "...the living system
is one coherent 'photon field' which is bound to living matter...As
will be made clear in the description of quantum coherence in
the next chapter, coherence does not mean uniformity, or that
every part of the organism must be doing the same thing or vibrating
with the same frequencies. There can indeed be domains
of local autonomy such as those that we know [do] exist
in the organism...some parts of the system are temporarily decoupled
from the whole." p. 126. Sound like MoQ's many contexts
and many truths?
- Sometimes this decoupling can be of a negative sort. E.g.,
cancer cells in any living system will decouple from a coherent
field and as a result emit (lose) extra biophotons to an environment.
"While normal cells emit less light with increasing cell
density, malignant cells show an exponential increase in light
emission with increasing cell density...The difference between
cancer cells and normal cells may lie in their communicative
capability which in turn depends on their degree of coherence."
p. 127. Star Trek's images of a physician scanning one's body
leaps to mind. We will be able to detect this anomalous increased
emission in our futures as a diagnostic aid.
- In a healthy system where broad band coherence is maintained,
biophotonic energy transduction is efficiently coupled and kept
within a system and very few biophotons are emitted and lost
to an environment. Photons are coherently trapped or stored co-within
- "In connection with the trapping
or storage of photons, it has been observed that death in organisms
invariably begins with a sharp increase in the intensity of light
emission (1000x) which can persist undiminished for more than
48 hours." p. 135.
- Your reviewer speculates here. From an MoQ perspective
this is discreation of SQ back into DQ. It is transformation,
decoherent (mixed) to coherent (pure) phase transition from SQ
to DQ. This shows a transformation of static living systems back
into their pure source: DQ. DQ is an isotropic-omnicoherent-omniflux-equivalent-complement
of a latched (mixed) decoherent particle equivalent SQ.
- "The above phenomena of light emission from living organisms
are so unusual that they would certainly be dismissed as curiosities
or artifacts were it not for the existence of a general theory
of coherence in biological systems within which these phenomena
could begin to be understood. There is another deeper reason
why new theories in general are important for science:
they direct us to new observations which may very well not be
made otherwise...All of the most recent discoveries in my laboratory
have been inspired by the theory of coherence; in particular,
I am very interested in the role played by coherence in body
pattern determination..." pp. 135-6.
- In chapter 10, she continues her unintended affirmation of
an MoQ (parent) philosophy and quantum (child) science duality.
In our following quote dualities for each MoQ term are shown
in brackets immediately after Mae-Wan Ho's equivalent quantum
- "The fundamental picture of a particle [Static Pattern
of Value, SPoV] in quantum mechanics is that all alternative
possibilities open to the system co-exist in a 'pure state' [Dynamic
Quality] rather than a mixture of states until the instant when
we observe it [Quality Event]. It is important to get this distinction
between a 'pure' and a 'mixed' state. A pure state is indivisible,
it is a unit which we can represent as a 'superposition' [Dynamic
Quality] of all the possible alternatives. The mixed state, however,
is a mixture where the different states really exist [Static
Quality, or what we call 'actuality,' 5Jan2000 PDR] in
different proportions. The act of observation [Quality Event]
seems to put an end to this almost dream-like pure state [Dynamic
Quality] into one of the [SPoV] possibilities that previously
existed only as a potential. Hence, the observer seems to somehow
determine the fate of the particle by 'collapsing'
[Quality Event] all the possibilities into a state of definiteness
[SPoV]." pp. 144-5.
- In this chapter and ones preceding it, one has an impression
she uses a classical interpretation of time. This appears to
be a major failing, however, in her last two chapters she makes
it unambiguous she decries Western SOM's time interpretations.
Skillfully, she uses a normal interpretation of time, because
that's one we can understand. It is interesting one feels discomfort
with an old definition of time as she tells us what quantum science
means for a new way of thinking about whole, coherent
quantum systems. It is difficult to move old-think to new-think
completely, in an instant. Your mind must evolve and catch up
with where new thinkers are a better place.
- In a new MoQ and Quantonic thinking one must
begin to think, as she tells us, something like this:
"A coherent system has neither space nor time separations,
so the 'collapse' of one part is 'instantaneously' communicated
to the other part, regardless of how great a distance exists
between the two parts...the two parts could be light years apart,
and still the 'collapse' of the wave function of one [part] instantaneously
collapses that of the other as well." p. 148.
- In order for this coherent, superluminal, non-local behavior
to occur two parts must be 'entangled.' Prior to reading this
book, your reviewer thought entanglement could only occur via
a common source, e.g., two correlated photons emitted from a
common light source. This, if true, placed a great limitation
on usefulness of superluminality (i.e., as a communications technology).
Mae-Wan Ho says our concern is misplaced, "It turns out
that the two [parts] do not even have to be prepared together
so that they are originally one system. Experimentally, one can
even allow any two [parts], neutrons, electrons or photons, [any
quantum system] to be produced at distant and unrelated sources.
As soon as they have come together and interacted, they become
entangled with each other long after they have collided and separated.
They have become one coherent quantum system. This result is
very significant, and I shall come back to it in the last chapter."
chapter (10) is incredibly rich
and full. One may not briefly review its fullness best
way is for you to read it, but here are a few quotes which will
grab attention and provoke you to read her book: "...the
coherent state is
a pure state and not a mixture of states..." "...any
two points in a coherent field will behave statistically independently
of each other." "A coherent state thus maximizes both
global cohesion and also local freedom." p. 151. This is
identical to Pirsig's MoQ model of reality! Pirsig tells us that
SQ is co-within DQ, and vice versa. He just didn't say how:
- Here is a recent (c. 2004-2006) graphic of Mae-wan's words
- Line solidity shows what Mae-wan refers "autonomy."
Line dottedness shows what Mae-wan refers "coherence."
Students of Quantonics we ask you to imagine each of four fluxoid's
- phase~encoded, minimal (i.e., only one probability
omnistribution 'line' shown) fuzzon.
- Doug - 6Jan2007.
- Forgive your reviewer's exuberance, but WOW!
- CRUX: "We may now offer a tentative answer to
at least part of a question which was posed at the beginning
of this book: what is it that constitutes a whole or an
individual? It is a domain of coherent, autonomous activity."
p. 153. Isn't this a dual definition for WWW's Internet? Inference?
As speculated by others, WWW's Internet is almost a living system.
Allow us to offer a more extensive quote from page 153, (this
text is from p. 215 from Mae-wan's 2nd edition) a
quote relevant to our 2003-2004
Any quantum system described "...as a domain of
coherent activities, opens the way to envisaging individuals
which are aggregates of individuals, as, for example, a population
or a society engaging in coherent activities. As coherence maximizes
both local freedom and global cohesion, it defines [inter]relationship[s]
between the individual and the collective which
has previously been deemed contradictory or impossible.
The 'inevitable' conflict between the individual
and the collective, between private and public interests,
has been the starting point for all social as well as
biological theories of western society. Coherence tells us it
is n¤t so 'inevitable' after all. Eminent sociologists
have been deploring the lack of progress in sociology,
and saying that it is time to frame new questions. Perhaps sociology
needs a new set of premises altogether. In a coherent society,
such conflicts do n¤t exist. The problem is how
to arrive at such an ideal state of organization that in a real
sense, nurtures diversity (and individuality) with universal
love." (Our brackets, bold, quantization of 'not,' and italicization
of thelogos. We left out footnotes 22 and 23 from Mae-wan's 2nd
edition. We corrected US spelling to 'premises.' All other punctuation
and marks are hers.)
Percy Bysshe Shelley would love this!
Doug - 12Mar2004.
- Interpreting her words from a Quantonic perspective, she
goes on, near end of chapter 10, to speculate our social systems
[especially SOMland and totalitarianism] are a mess.
- She describes for us this new quantum systems natural model
of scaled, layered, nested, fractal, and autonomous parts
all in global cohesive Quantonic interrelationships.
- She thinks this model is a better sociological model.
- And, finally, she speculates quantum molecular machines (MoQ's
SPoVs) are stores of energy (Value)! pp. 153-4
- For those of you into computing, consciousness, entropy vis-à-vis
information, knowledge, etc., you will love chapter 11. Again,
there is too much here to give a concise review, so allow your
reviewer to quote areas that also confirm Mae-Wan Ho's MoQ intuitions.
- She tells us classical science's isolable, objective observer
observing isolable objects is all wrong. It is based upon a SOM
presumption of Subject-Object dichotomy. "Thus, the subjectivist-objectivist
[AKA Value, fact; see Hume's
Law...Doug - 28Jul2007.] dichotomy is falsely drawn. Subjectivity
is an anthropomorphic, anthropocentric concept, and suffers from
the same human chauvinism that attributes to the human observer
alone that power to make definite things happen in the act of
quantum mechanical measurement." p. 159.
- We agree. In Quantonics we have
been saying most primitive quantum
systems must be able to spawn (via Quantonic interrelationships)
MoQ Quality Events or equivalent quantum science special events.
Without this axiom, there is no way to bootstrap [actualized,
SQ] reality from DQ or equivalent 'pure state' superposition.
3Mar2011 rev - Add '...quantum systems
must be able to spawn' link to Fuzzons to Fermionta Ontology
- She tells us more on her perspective of SOM's dichotomy,
near end of chapter 11: "There is another important
implication as regards knowledge acquisition. The dilemma of
the absolutely ignorant external observer betrays the alienation
from nature that the traditional scientific framework of the
West entails, for Western science is premissed on the separation
of the observer as disembodied mind from an objective nature
observed. This is also the origin of the subjective-objective
dichotomy, which, when pushed to its logical conclusion, comes
up against the seemingly insurmountable difficulty that in order
to have sufficient information about the system, one has in effect
to destroy it." p 167.
- We agree here, too, except
for her statement about an origin of SOM's S-O split. Those of
us in Quantonics, as serious students of Pirsig, MoQ, and origins
of SOM, know her statement is at best misguided. SOM's S-O dichotomy
originated with The
Birth of SOM approximately 2.5 millennia ago via diligent
efforts of Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, et al. In
last nine years since Doug wrote this review, Doug has learned
that either-or thing-king existed prior to Greeks, but it remained
unacknowledged as "dialectic." Apparently most users
did not have a name for what later became known as dialectic.
Gnostics' topos for at least 10 millennia prior Greeks
offered three 'levels' of thought, bottom to top: hylic, psychic,
and pneumatic. Hylics and psychics exhibited some dialectical
either-or thing-king. They could not understand pneumatics whose
think~king was more quantum. We see hylic-psychic thing-king
as state-ic EEMD.
Comparatively pneumatics were much more animate EIMA
quantum~thinkers. In a religious context of those times about
2000 years ago, compare: Jesus, John~Mary, and Didymos
(pneumatics) vis-à-vis other 10 disciples (hylics and
psychics). USA today is roughly 99.9% hylic-psychic! This is
of huge import! Hylicism and psychism are tipped and ready for
massive short term extinction! Current chaos we see is a semaphore
of its now cusping Millennium III beginnings. Doug - 6Jan2007.
- Finally, she agrees with Richard P. Feynman's conjectures:
only way to make SOM science's intractable problems tractable
is to use quantum computers! And what are nature's best quantum
computers to use to emulate reality? Living, quantum systems!
- Well, gentle reader, chapter 12 is best, better than all
the rest! You will not read this without your reality becoming
and being altered.
- This chapter gives you new perspectives on time. She tells
you traditional time concepts we have been so carefully taught
by classical mechanics are wrong. You will have to change
your thinking to accept a new perspective of time which is
a very root of our perceptions of reality.
- Mae-Wan Ho introduces us to a new re-formulation of quantum
science which for this reviewer personally, answers many issues
seen in other current interpretations of quantum science. It
is quantum science reformulated by a German scientist Wolfram
Schommers. It is elegant! It fits Mae-Wan Ho's perspective and
model of quantum reality, and it fits both MoQ and Quantonics
perspectives of reality!
- She relates this new perspective of reality to, among others,
Bohm, Bergson, Whitehead, Camus, Sartre, and TS Eliot. Aficionados
of Pirsig will appreciate many strong interrelationships shown
here between science and art.
- She admittedly unbridles her own scientific horse and lets
its imagination run tilt. Aphorisms, similes, metaphors abound.
Elegance! And she repeatedly attaches Pirsigean Quality affinity
to her conjectures ('quality' appears most frequently in this
final chapter). Again, those of you with at least one foot in
MoQland will love this read.
- We leave it to you to discover how and why Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
chose her title for this book. In those reasons are essence of
life, MoQ, quantum science, and reality.
- That's it for this review. This book moves to number 5 on
our recommended reading list, behind Pirsig's three works and
Eugen Herrigel's Zen in the Art of Archery.
- Conclusion: If you are serious about Quantonics, Pirsig's
MoQ, and its duality with quantum science, you should read this
- Thanks for reading, and
- Many truths to you,
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(30May2001 rev - Add 'SOM language problematics' link to our May,
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(23Oct2003 rev - Change 'Start Trek' to 'Star Trek.')
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individual and societal quantum coherence.)
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