Thursday, May 1. 2008
I was first introduced to the ideas and theories of Jim Elvidge in an interview he did with Red Ice Creations Radio. His clarity, intelligence and wit impressed me so much that it prompted me to write to the author to see if I could acquire a review copy of his new book The Universe – Solved! - a work that proported to be a "provocative view of the nature of reality”. I was not disappointed.
The idea was also presented to the scientific community in a paper entitled Are You Living In A Computer Simulation? by Future of Humanity Institute director, Nick Bostrom, and Jim Elvidge is the first to acknowledge that these ideas are nothing new. However, what is wonderful about Elvidge’s book is that it is intelligently composed and presented in such a way that anyone picking it up and reading it will understand it from the onset. I mean, philosophy, psychology, quantum mechanics and computer coding (among many, many other things) are not exactly the kinds of subjects that your average Joe on the street will be familiar with (or even want to be familiar with, for that matter). I myself have struggled to grasp many of the concepts of quantum mechanics, simply because a lot of them seem contrary to the way I have been educated (or perhaps programmed) to interpret the reality around me. Elvidge’s book, for me, made all the difference and some very complex theories are explored in great depth, but in a way that allows you to visualise them, understand them and appreciate them fully.
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