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
The nature of the relationship, and the compatibility, between the scientific and the religious outlook continues to fascinate scientists, religious people, and philosophers. Most of the many books on this subject deal with religion in general terms or concentrate on Western theistic religions (primarily Christianity and Judaism.)
"The Quantum and the Lotus" is a fascinating discussion of Buddhism and science told through articulate and inte ...more
Overall, however, I found this to be a fascinating account of modern science and Buddhism's striking parallels.
- The book is a dialogue between Science and Buddhism, but if they find a common ground (as they do) is because most of the focus is on ontology. The first 3 chapters are centered around good old Leibniz's question “Why is there somethi ...more
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Matthieu Ricard trained as a scientist, but left this life to become a Buddhist monk. Trinh Xuan Thuan was brought up in the Buddhist tradition, but went on to become an acclaimed astrophysicist.
The entire book is in dialogue form, alternating between the two authors. Their conversations are based on scientific facts and on Buddhist texts and accounts. The level of discourse i ...more
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"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
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
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
I have heard so many good things about Belli, but I was a bit dissapointed with this book.
Gioconda, wrote a novel about Adam and Eve. I have always had a hard time with this story, but her attempt to explain it and make it real, using modern sensitivities and trying to reconcile it with evolution, was weak to say the least. At times it was so ridiculous that I almost wanted to throw it against the wall. Predictable and simplistic. Can't imagine how it could be done... to make ...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
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