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Amit Goswami, PhD, is a theoretical quantum physicist and a retired professor from the University of Oregon's Department of Physics, where he served from 1968 to 1997. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called "science within consciousness," an idea he explicates in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe, in which he also solves the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect. Dr. Goswami has written several popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness, including Physics of the Soul and Quantum Economics: Unleashing the Power of an Economics of Consciousness.
Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence, declares University of Oregon physicist Goswami, echoing the mystic sages of his native India. He holds that the universe is self-aware, and that consciousness creates the physical world. Calling this theory ``monistic idealism,'' he claims it is not only ``the basis of all religions worldwide'' but also the correct philosophy for modern science. Once people give up the assumption that there is an objective reality independent of consciousness, the paradoxes of quantum physics are explainable, contends Goswami, writing with his wife and Reed ( Building the Future from Our Past ). He also applies his hypothesis to the so-called mind-body schism, which he attempts to heal. Sketching a model of the self, this demanding but rewarding treatise uses analogies from the ``new physics'' to throw light on choice, free will, creativity, the unconscious and paths to spiritual growth. Illustrated. (Apr.)