Information—Consciousness—Reality: How a New Understanding of the Universe Can Help Answer Age-Old Questions of Existence


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Have you ever wondered about the fundamental nature of reality and the enigma of consciousness?

Do you believe that knowledge should be freely accessible?

If so, please consider supporting this open-access book project.

In a Nutshell

Over 300 years ago, the human mind discovered the machine code of reality: mathematics. By utilizing abstract thought systems, humans began to decode the workings of the cosmos. From this understanding, the current scientific paradigm emerged, ultimately discovering the gift of technology.

Today, however, our island of knowledge is surrounded by ever longer shores of ignorance. Science appears to have hit a dead end when confronted with the nature of reality and consciousness. Age-old questions about existence continue to vex the human mind.

The book, Information—Consciousness—Reality. How a New Understanding of the Universe Can Help Answer Age-Old Questions of Existence (https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030036317), explores a radical paradigm shift uncovering the ontology of reality. It is found to be information-theoretic and participatory, yielding a computational and programmable universe.

The book was written between 2013 and 2018 and spans over 650 pages. It will be published as an open-access book by Springer in early 2019, in their Frontiers Collection (https://www.springer.com/series/5342). The monograph addresses the interested layperson and its wide scope, merging science and philosophy, should appeal to many inquisitive minds. The book is modular in the sense that the technical parts can be ignored without losing track of the narrative. Moreover, a User Manual outlines the different modes of engaging with the content.

Thematic Overview and Take-Home Message

Watch my 2014 TEDxSalford talk outlining the book’s content

Three main threads are woven into the book’s fabric, coming from science, philosophy, and history. The scientific theme includes insights from physics (from Newton to string/M-theory), complexity science, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, and social science. The philosophical topics gravitate around the philosophy of mathematics, science, information, complexity, and the mind, next to epistemology, ontology, and metaphysics.

Schematic Outline.

The currently prevailing materialistic scientific worldview is surprisingly silent when it comes to essential questions about space, time, matter, and consciousness. Moreover, no overarching framework appears to unify physics. Consequently, we are invited to retire this prevailing worldview. In its place, a new ontology is emerging: At the core of reality, the mind has discovered a computational engine fueled by information. Space, time, and matter are emergent properties of this information-theoretic reality. Perhaps these insights represent only the tip of the iceberg. It appears as though an information-theoretic understanding of consciousness is radically challenging all assumptions about existence. Our minds could be inhabiting a participatory universe, in which consciousness itself is a universal property. In this new vision, reality unfolds from the inner and outer aspect of information—in cycles of co-creation. A seemingly teleological force is guiding the universe to ever higher levels of information processing.

Relevance

The paradigm shift identified in this book is still only barely visible outside of the domain of “information physics,” theoretical computer science, and a specific neuroscientific theory. It first became manifested with Steven Hawking’s discovery of black hole radiation in 1974. Since then, many intellectual disciplines have helped accelerate the shift. Today, we have gained much knowledge in this respect. A handful of contemporary scientists and philosophers are pondering ideas which, not too long ago, would have been deemed preposterous and outside any respectable and serious attempt at comprehending the universe. What now remains to be done is stepping back and connecting the dots. The book attempts to aid the emergence of this novel worldview.

Scope

The book is an open-access publication that will appear in Springer’s Frontiers Collection.

The book comprises:

  • Over 650 pages (and 15 chapters);
  • 81 pages of bibliography (close to1’800 sources, of which nearly 600 are books);
  • 6-page author index (mostly featuring scholars form science and philosophy, next to historical figures) and a detailed subject index of nearly 2’000 keywords;
  • Over 920 original quotes;
  • 241 equations;
  • 33 figures.

To enhance the book’s accessibility, a user manual is provided, offering seven alternative ways of reading. For instance, three summaries at different levels of resolution can be found in Chapter 1.

The Budget

The objective of this crowdfunding is to remedy the financial burden incurred by choosing the book to be an open access publication. Between 2013 and 2018 I have purchased close to 300 books for research purposes. These expense total CHF 6’800.00. Through this crowdfunding campaign I would like to recoup some of the money that I spent on these books.

About the Author

James B. Glattfelder grew up in the Swiss mountains. He holds an MSc in theoretical physics and a Ph.D. in the study of complex systems, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. For over a decade, he worked as a quant developing automated trading algorithms. James is involved with the nascent decentralized ledger technology ecosystem. He also worked as a postdoc in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich, analyzing economic networks. In 2011, James coauthored the study “The Network of Global Corporate Control” which attracted worldwide attention. Moreover, he has published over a dozen peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, next to popular science contributions. James has been invited as a speaker to various academic and nonacademic events and has been featured in the media and on TV. He is happily married to his wife Ladina. In his spare time, he likes to snowboard, skateboard, surf, travel, and listen to electronic music.

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