The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch

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If you're looking for a mind-blowing book on science and quantum mechanics to shake up your world view, try the Fabric of Reality.

Submitted: February 23, 2009

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If you're looking for a mind-blowing book on science and quantum mechanics to shake up your world view, try the Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch. The book is super dense and I had to read it 3-4 times to even begin to grasp the implications but once you do begin to understand, it is awesome. The underpinning of Deutch's book is that several key strands underlie all of reality. By understanding these strands you can begin to unravel the deepest mysteries of the universe. So what are these strands? They are:

  • Quantum Physics
  • Epistemology
  • The Theory of Computation
  • The Theory of Evolution

By looking at each of these strands, Deatsch emerges with some interesting conclusions. They include:

  • Parallel universes exist and have been seen via the interference patters seen with photons of life.
  • Time travel is possible
  • Not only are living beings evolving, but ideas and concepts evolve as well.
  • The meaning of life is to transfer information that will allow the universe to be saved. Without knowledge and information humanity will cease to exist but more profoundly, so will the entire universe.
  • Perhaps most startingly is the conclusion that there is no such thing as chance, but rather when you flip a coin, it lands as heads in some universes and tales in other. This has profound implications for things such as fate, free will, etc. and is something I will write about further at a later date.

If you take the time to read the book, it has the potential to open your eyes on the way the world really works. For science and philosophy geeks its a must-read.


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