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IX Contemporary Science, Free Will and Time

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Note: Greg’s primary interest in contemporary science over the last decade has been on the manner in which it suggests that reality is interconnected, indeterminate, and opened ended. Greg’s views will be summarized in the forthcoming, lighthearted work, The Cosmic Dance.

 

Quantum Theory

G. Boyd, The Cosmic Dance (ReKnew, forthcoming) 2

J. T. Cushing, E. McMullin, Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1989) 4

F. Capra, The Tao of Physics (Shambala, 1975) 2

D. Lindley, Where Does the Weirdness Go? (BasicBooks, 1996) 2

R. Omnés. Physics World (Institute of Physics, 1995) 3

D. O’Murchu, Quantum Theology (Crossroad Publishing Co., 1998) 2

J. Polkinghorne, ed. The Trinity and an Entangled World: Relationality in Physical Science and Theology (Eerdmans, 2010) 3

K. Popper, Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics (Hutchinson, 1982) 3

A. Rae, Quantum Physics: Illusion or Reality? (Cambridge University Press, 1986) 3

R. Russell, N. Murphy, C. J. Isham, eds., Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (Vatican Observatory Publications, 1993) 3

H. Stapp, Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics (Verlag, 1993) 3

F. A. Wolf, The Spiritual Universe: How Quantum Physics Proves the Existence of the Soul (Simon and Shuster, 1996) 2

Chaos Theory and Complexity Theory

G. Boyd, The Cosmic Dance (ReKnew, forthcoming) 2

F. Capra, The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (New York: Anchor, 1996) 2

J. Gleick, Chaos: Making a New Science (Penguin, 1988) 2

J. Holte, ed., Chaos: The New Science (University Press of America, 1993) 3

R. Lewin, Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos (Macmillan, 1992) 3

G. Nicolis, I. Prigogine, Exploring Complexity (Freeman, 1989) 3

D. Ruelle, Chance and Chaos (Princeton University Press, 1991) 3

R. J. Russell, N. Murphy, A. R. Peacocke, eds., Chaos and Complexity (The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 1995) 3

I. Stewart, Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos (Blackwell, 1989) 3

M. M. Waldrop, Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos (Touchstone, 1992) 2

Non-equillibrium Thermodynamics

G. Boyd, The Cosmic Dance (ReKnew, forthcoming) 1

L. Glass, M. Mackey, From Clocks to Chaos (Princeton University Press, 1988) 3

Nitecki, R. C. Robinson, eds., Global Theory of Dynamical Systems (Northwestern, 1979) 3

I. Prigogine, From Being to Becoming (W. H. Freeman, 1980) 3

I. Prigogine, I. Stengers, The Laws of Nature and Human Conduct (Task Force of Research Information and the Study of Science, 1985) 3

—- Order out of Chaos (Bantam Books, 1984) 3

I. Stewart, Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos (Blackwell, 1989) 3

B. Weber, D. Depew,J. Smith, eds. Entropy, Information and Evolution (MIT Press, 1988) 3

Contemporary Science and the Wholistic/ Relational Worldview

G. Boyd, The Cosmic Dance (ReKnew, forthcoming) 1

F. Capra, The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Anchor, 1996) 2

G. Del Re, The Cosmic Dance: Science Discovers The Mysterious Harmony of the Universe (Templeton Foundation Press, 2000) 3

E. Lazlo, The Systems View of the World: The Natural Philosophy of the New Developments in the Sciences (George Braziller, 1972) 3

J. Polkinghorne, ed. The Trinity and an Entangled World: Relationality in Physical Science and Theology (Eerdmans, 2010) 3

Nature of Time/ the Future/ Free Will

G. Boyd, The Cosmic Dance (ReKnew, forthcoming) 1

M. Capek, The Concepts of Space and Time (1976) 4

E. Cassirer, Substance and Function in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (Dover, 1953) 4

P. Covey, R. Highfield, The Arrow of Time (New York: BasicBooks, 1990) 3

W. L. Craig, Time and Eternity (Crossway, 2001) 3

T. Cushing, E. McMullin, Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory: Reflections on Bell’s Theorem (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1989) 4

D. R. Griffin, ed., Physics and the Ultimate Significance of Time (SUNY, 1986) 3

H. Hollinger, M. Zenzen, The Nature of Irreversibility (Reidel, 1985) 4

P. Horwich, Asymmetries in Time (MIT Press, 1989) 3

A. Peacock Creation and the World of Science (Clarendon Press, 1979) 3

K. Popper, J.C. Eccles, The Self and Its Brain (Springer International, 1977) 3

D. Ruelle, Chance and Chaos (Princeton University Press, 1991) 3

R. J. Russell, N. Murphy and C. J. Isham, eds., Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature (Center for Theology and the Nature Sciences, 1993) 3

R. J. Russell, W. R. Stoeger, G. V. Coyne, eds., Physics, Philosophy, and Theology (Notre Dame University Press, 1988) 3

I. Stewart, Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos (Blackwell, 1989) 3

M. Wegner, ed., Time, Creation, World (Aarhus University Press, 1990) 3

Psychology/ NeuroScience/ Philosophy

Note: Recommended books that defend the central role of imagination in thinking and/or that defend free will on a neurological basis and/or that address issues related to the interfacing of neuroscience with psychology and philosophy.

 

G. Boyd. A. Larson, Escaping the Matrix: Setting The Mind Free to Experience Real Life in Christ (Baker, 2004) 2

L. Cozolino, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy (W. W. Norton, 2002) 3

R.D. Ellis, Questioning Consciousness: The Interplay of Imagery, Cognition and Emotion in the Human Brain (1995) 3

E. J. Esrock, The Reader’s Eye: Visual Imaging as Reader Response (John Hopkins University Press, 1994) 3

T. Jennings, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2013) 2

S. M. Kosslyn, Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate (MIT Press, 1994) 3

G. Lakoff, M. Johnson, Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought (Basic Books, 1999) 3

J. LeDoux, Synaptic Self (Penguin Books, 2002) 3

H. Margenau, Scientific Indeterminism and Human Freedom (Archabbey Press, 1968) 3

J. O’Conner, J. Seymour, Introducing Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Thorsons, rev. ed., 1990) 2

G. R. Petersen, Minding God: Theology and the Cognitive Sciences (Fortress, 2003) 3

J. Schwartz, S. Begley, (The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force (Regan Books, 2002) 2

J. Searle, The Rediscovery of Mind (MIT Press, 1992) 3

R. N. Shepard, L. A. Cooper, Mental Images and Their Transformations (MIT Press, 1982) 3

J. Thorp, Free Will: A Defense Against Neurophysiological Determinism (Routledge & Kegal Paul, 1980) 3