Victor Stenger on Quantum Woo

Victor StengerFor Good Reason podcast with D.J. Grothe: Victor Stenger – The Search For Cosmic Consciousness.

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Vic Stenger talks about the limits of science, and whether scientists should be critical of religion and the paranormal, or if such sorts of claims are out of the bounds of science, and therefore beyond criticism.

He discusses the academic and spiritual career of Fritjof Capra, and his book The Tao of Physics and how it misused quantum physics to promote New Age mysticism. He explores the implications of Deepak Chopra’s work, which argues that quantum physics proves that “we make our own reality,” and discusses the movies [[The_Secret_(2006_film)|The Secret]] and [[What the Bleep Do We Know?]] and how they get quantum physics wrong.

He explains wave-particle duality, and the reductionistic Standard Model in particle physics, and why this contradicts the claims of the “quantum spiritualists.” And he talks about the future of New Age mysticism and quantum spirituality.

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