Ulrich Mohrhoff
Consciousness conundrums, quantum quandaries, the evolution of reality, and all that
Created 04 Apr 2021
  • The soul of beauty
    17 Dec 2021 • 12 min read • 2 9
    The first decade of the current century (give or take) saw the publication of a series of books proclaiming the victory of science and reason over religion. The commercial success of such works as Ric...
  • Quantum quandary #4: bomb testing
    07 Dec 2021 • 10 min read
    To begin with, let’s revise quantum theory’s two most fundamental rules. Suppose that we have made a measurement and obtained a particular outcome O₁. And suppose that we want to calculate the probabi...
  • The quagmire known as the “block universe”
    28 Nov 2021 • 16 min read • 1 2
    In August of 2002 I received the following email from Dennis Dieks — a professor at Utrecht University, a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2008), and a lead editor o...
  • Space actually
    20 Nov 2021 • 14 min read • 1 4
    St. Augustine1 wrote: “What, then, is time? If no one asks me, I know; if I wish to explain to him who asks, I know not.” The defining character of time, which we express by saying that time passes, c...
  • Quantum quandary #3: Bell’s theorem
    12 Nov 2021 • 14 min read
    There are two ways to account for correlations: direct causation or the existence of a common cause. To appreciate the difference, consider the following anecdote. A large ice cream company had record...
  • The problem of suffering and evil
    04 Nov 2021 • 15 min read • 0 1
    How can an omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent God permit a world replete with pain, falsehood, and downright evil? If He would remove these afflictions from the world but could not, He cannot be o...
  • The future of the body
    27 Oct 2021 • 12 min read • 1 0
    As I wrote a while back, our very concepts of space, time, and matter are bound up with our present consciousness structure. This mental consciousness (so called by both Jean Gebser1 and Sri Aurobindo...
  • Western thought in need of “a bit of blood-transfusion from Eastern thought”
    20 Oct 2021 • 15 min read • 2 9
    As we have seen on several occasions, Erwin Schrödinger believed that “our present way of thinking does need to be amended, perhaps by a bit of blood-transfusion from Eastern thought” [AP1]. While his...
  • The manifestation of the world
    12 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 2 6
    To Schrödinger, the agreement between the contents of our respective “spheres of consciousness” was not rationally comprehensible. “In order to grasp it,” he wrote,1 “we are reduced to two irrational,...
  • Why the standard model?
    03 Oct 2021 • 14 min read • 0 1
    As we have seen on several occasions, quantum mechanics requires us to distinguish between a classical domain and a quantum domain. Because atoms and subatomic particles belong to the quantum domain, ...
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