Good and Real: Demystifying Paradoxes from Physics to

Good and Real: Demystifying Paradoxes from Physics to Ethics [PDF / Epub] ❤ Good and Real: Demystifying Paradoxes from Physics to Ethics ✅ Gary L. Drescher – Thomashillier.co.uk Examining a series of provocative paradoxes about consciousness, choice, ethics, and other topics, Good and Real tries to reconcile a purely mechanical view of the universe with key aspects of our sub Examining a series Real: Demystifying Kindle Ò of provocative paradoxes about consciousness, choice, ethics, and other topics, Good and Real tries to reconcile a purely mechanical view of the universe with key aspects of our subjective impressions of our own existenceIn Good and Real, Gary Drescher examines a series of provocative paradoxes about consciousness, choice, ethics, quantum mechanics, and other topics, in an effort to reconcile a purely Good and MOBI :↠ mechanical view of the universe with key aspects of our subjective impressions of our own existenceMany scientists suspect that the universe can ultimately be described by a simple perhaps even deterministic formalism all that is real unfolds mechanically according to that formalism But how, then, is it possible for us to be conscious, or to make genuine choices And how can there be an ethical and Real: Demystifying ePUB ¹ dimension to such choices Drescher sketches computational models of consciousness, choice, and subjunctive reasoning what would happen if this or that were to occur to show how such phenomena are compatible with a mechanical, even deterministic universe Analyses of Newcomb s Problem a paradox about choice and the Prisoner s Dilemma a paradox about self interest vs altruism, arguably reducible to Newcomb s Problem help bring the problems and proposed solutions into focus Regarding quantum mechanics, Drescher builds on Everett s relative state formulation but presenting a simplified formalism, accessible to laypersons to argue that, contrary to some popular impressions, quantum mechanics is compatible with an objective, deterministic physical reality, and that there is no special connection between quantum phenomena and consciousnessIn each of several disparate but intertwined topics ranging from physics to ethics, Drescher argues that a missing technical linchpin can make the quest for objectivity seem impossible, until the elusive technical fix is at hand.


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10 thoughts on “Good and Real: Demystifying Paradoxes from Physics to Ethics

  1. Morgan Morgan says:

    This book is amazing The author uses a series of thought experiments to explore some conundrums about everyday life The book addresses how consciousness may work, why time seems to flow in one direction, why the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics makes no sense, and how all of that ties together and supports certain common ethical prescriptions.The thought experiments in the book are very enlightening and insightful, but are not always presented well In particular, the quantum mec This book is amazing The author uses a series of thought experiments to explore some conundrums about everyday life The book addresses how consciousness may work, why time seems to flow in one direction, why the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics makes no sense, and how all of that ties together and supports certain common ethical prescriptions.The thought experiments in the book are very enlightening and insightful, but are not always presented well In particular, the quantum mechanics thought experiment was so complicated that I had a lot of trouble following it Other thought experiments are simpler, but the author s pedagogical choices seemed to make thingsdifficult to understand.In spite of the sometimes confusing presentation, the concepts presented were all thought provoking and exciting I m left wanting to re read the book so I understand it better


  2. Eugene Eugene says:

    Gary Drescher gives an inspirational case for compatibilism, and for behaving ethically even when nobody is looking no small feat He starts by providing effective tools for reasoning about paradoxes, and spends most of the book providing progressivelyinteresting exercises and case studies for the reader to perform reps on with these tools.What really sets this treatise apart for me is Drescher s focus on appeals to isomorphism demonstrating that the world, or some situation, effecti Gary Drescher gives an inspirational case for compatibilism, and for behaving ethically even when nobody is looking no small feat He starts by providing effective tools for reasoning about paradoxes, and spends most of the book providing progressivelyinteresting exercises and case studies for the reader to perform reps on with these tools.What really sets this treatise apart for me is Drescher s focus on appeals to isomorphism demonstrating that the world, or some situation, effectively looks feels acts the same whether some proposition holds or not In particular, Drescher shows that a typical notion of free will the ability to make choices, in pursuit of goals can be present irrespective of whether the universe is deterministic The tools developed in pursuit of this explanation, subjunctive means end links, give a convincing way to explain when actions are useful in pursuit of goals, even when they cannot directly, causally influence those goals This is shown most dramatically in the transparent boxes version of Newcomb s problem, where our intuition that our actions must causally influence our goals is most directly challenged.Good and Real made a great contrast to Judea Pearl s Book of Why, and Drescher s hierarchy of means end links empirical correlational subjunctive causal fatalist fills in some much needed nuance in translating counterfactual reasoning to actual human behavior and philosophical thought experiment edge cases.Overall, I appreciate the way Drescher performs surgery to excise misconceptions in our assumptions of how our universe and subjective experience work, without harming the magic, spirit, and mystery involved


  3. Abben Abben says:

    I only went about half way through this book If you are already exposed to the pop recapitulations of the arrow of time, a mechanist account of consciousness, how a determinist can account for moral values etc etc., it can be kind of dreary.What is great is Drescher s interesting defense of the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics, and his look at how people might mistakenly interpret how a mirror reflects in the abscence of knowledge.


  4. Adnan Ali Adnan Ali says:

    One of thechallenging books I ve come across.


  5. Glenn Davis Glenn Davis says:

    This is a fantastic, mind altering masterpiece, similar in its sheer impact on my brain and way of living to G del, Escher, Bach An Eternal Golden Braid and Being and Time I hope to have time to write a real review later, but seriously read this book This is a fantastic, mind altering masterpiece, similar in its sheer impact on my brain and way of living to G del, Escher, Bach An Eternal Golden Braid and Being and Time I hope to have time to write a real review later, but seriously read this book


  6. Neil Neil says:

    High praise from Eliezer and Gwern High praise from Eliezer and Gwern


  7. Inga Inga says:

    There is some circular reasoning in the book why should we care about our future parallel branches past selves , and some questions on self reciprocity are left unanswered Also, author tries to substantiate certain strategies e.g transparent boxes version of Newcomb problem on unfounded future self parallel branch proposals, while much simpler precommitment notion would suffice.Overall, this is a great though somewhat dull account on subjective human experiences, thinking and deciding There is some circular reasoning in the book why should we care about our future parallel branches past selves , and some questions on self reciprocity are left unanswered Also, author tries to substantiate certain strategies e.g transparent boxes version of Newcomb problem on unfounded future self parallel branch proposals, while much simpler precommitment notion would suffice.Overall, this is a great though somewhat dull account on subjective human experiences, thinking and deciding


  8. Daniel Frank Daniel Frank says:

    I disagree with most of Drescher s conclusions even though I m also a determinist, but it was worthwhile reading his arguments This book suffers from some bad philosophy his use of definitions to solve philosophical problems is particularly awful , but that s okay because of how novel and ambitious it is I wish this book received a greater response, because I would love to see the issues discussed in a broader context.


  9. Augusts Bautra Augusts Bautra says:

    Drescher provides an unexpectedly clear and powerful take on several long seated, but mistaken according to him concepts in quantum physics and ethics As the subtitle promises, he does indeed provide plausible answers to some paradoxes encountered in these fields I found the book to be too technically weighty in the choice machine and Newcomb s problem sections, but nevertheless enjoyed the honest and coherent narrative.Certainly, a must read for every Bright interested in ethics.


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