Quantum and the Lotus
Ricard is a penetrative thinker and he can strongly present the Buddhist view. At times I felt like Thuan, while certainly extremely competent as a physicist, may not be up to Ricard's philosophically ast ...more
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Both conclude there is no outside world independent of observation. The debate is lively and insight. Professor Trinh Thuan does a superb job explaining surprising findings in quantum physics in a way a layperson can understand. Matthieu Ricard is a witty and accomplished debater who superbly represents Buddhist thought. Their wonderful collaboration...more
"The Quantum and the Lotus" is a dialogue between a Buddhist monk, who has a doctoral scientific background, and an astrophysicist, who had a Buddhist upbringing. Their dialogue covers a broad range of ontological philosophies and questions such as: what does it mean to be human; the origin of the Universe; the existence of a creator; inter-connectivity and interdependence of the entire Universe; the nature of atoms and subatomic particles; string t ...more
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It also made me realize a few points of divergence I have with Buddhism. Of all the major religions, I probably agree with Buddhism the most, so I don't view these points as deal-breakers, though. Ricard (the Monk) seems to take as a given that human consciousness is the hig ...more
M. Ricard (the monk) sounds a little dogmatic in some of the middle chapter, hence the deducted star. His conclusion, however, seemed to me more thoughtful and open. It makes me wonder whether and how some of his opinions will evolve.
Whilst this was my first book by M. Ricard, it is the second by co-author Trinh Xuan Thuan and ...more
Overall it was more very provoking but was oriented more for people interested in Buddhism since most of ...more
The son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu grew up among the personalities and ideas of Paris’ intellectual and artistic circles. He earned a Ph.D degree in cell genetics at the renowned ...more