[PDF / Epub] ☉ Good and Real Author Gary L. Drescher – Thomashillier.co.uk

Good and Real 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 Subjective Impressions Of Our Own Existence.In 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 Mechanical View Of The Universe With Key Aspects Of Our Subjective Impressions Of Our Own Existence.Many 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 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 Consciousness.In 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.


10 thoughts on “Good and Real

  1. 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 ...


  2. 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 ...


  3. says:

    One of thechallenging books I ve come across.


  4. 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 strat...


  5. 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 philosophica...


  6. 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...


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