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  1. From Illusions to Reality: Time, Spacetime and the Nature of Reality (Understanding Reality Series Book 1)
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  2. From Illusions to Reality: Time, Spacetime and the Nature of Reality (Understanding Reality Series Book 1)

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The greatest mystery in the world is its very existence. In our intellectual development, we all reach a turning point when we start asking the perennial existential questions: "What is the world?"; "What am I?"; "What is the meaning of the existence of the world and myself?". As the German philosopher Schopenhauer put it: "The lower a man stands in intellectual respects the less of a riddle does existence seem to him... but, the clearer his consciousness becomes the more the problem grasps him in its greatness."
This book explores what fundamental physics tells us about the physical world and how the scientific picture of what exists often differs disturbingly from the "common sense" view based on the way our senses reflect the world. Centuries-old illusions are identified by showing that they contradict experimentally-confirmed results of modern physics, which clears the way toward deeper understanding of reality. The greatest illusion that the world exists only at the present moment of time has been realized by many great thinkers, but so far the human race has been unable to free itself from it, prompting Einstein to write this: "the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
Getting rid of such stubbornly persistent illusions by open-mindedly examining the implications of modern physics for the physical world can help us rise above the fog of everyday life and see Nature the way she herself is.


Vesselin Petkov
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Minkowski Institute Press
Minkowski Institute Press
Minkowski Institute Press
Minkowski Institute Press
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There's something wrong with this book. Every page is swarming with symptoms of insanity.
This is just my opinion about Mr. Petkov's book "From Illusions to Reality."
I have bought and read Mr. Petkov's "Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime," second edition, published by a reputable scientific book publisher, Springer, and "his book Intertia and Graviation."
"From Illusions to Reality" takes an unbelievable turn in the last three chapters of the book, where Petkov argues that there is "no free will" in humans and our lives are "predetermined."
What Mr. Petkov referring to is called "determinism," and a "block universe."

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1961, Volume 7, page 275: "Determinism, the name given to the theory that all events, even moral choices are completely determined by previously existing causes, opposed to indeterminism or free will. On this theory an agent cannot be held responsible in the indeterminist sense, according to which a man is responsible if and only if he could have still acted differently, everything before, including his... Read more
This is the most provocative book I have ever read.

The title says it all - bashing illusions from ancient times to this day. The author’s two main weapons used against illusions are logic and hard science. Although he does an excellent job in explaining the physics arguments in layman's terms, I had to reread and rethink most of them, particularly those arguments dealing with free will. No matter whether or not I always agreed with the author, I benefited in two ways from this book.

First, it is an eye opener - I have never suspected that so many things, which I take for granted, are illusions. Second, the arguments in the book made me realize that I need to master the way I think; to me this book is also a textbook of investigative and deep thinking.

Definitely recommended!
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