Yes, it's makes no sense mixing physics and Buddhism. I tried it without success, it's like insanity. The heritage of professor Hawking remaining with us.mikenz66 wrote: ↑Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:47 amYes, most of what I've seen attempting to connect physics and Dhamma (or Eastern thought in general) was very superficial, since in most cases the author know little about dhamma, or little about physics, or little about either.
I personally recommend Alan Wallace's Choosing Reality http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/buddhis ... ality.aspx
Wallace actually has a degree in physics (though not an advanced degree), as well as his Tibetan Buddhism credentials.
I like Wallace's approach, which is to draw parallels between approaches, rather than details. Wheras, trying to compare, for example, "Dark Energy" with some Dhamma idea seems pointless to me. Cutting-edge physics theories are ephemeral, and are likely to turn out to be erronious - that's the nature of cutting edge science! I recall reading, The Tao of Physics back in the late 70s. The book made a big deal out of a particular particle-physics theory, which, by the time I read the book, had fallen out of favour. Capra discusses this on his web site: http://www.fritjofcapra.net/the-unification-of-physics/ though he puts a more positive spin on it:During the 1980s and 1990s, the bootstrap theory was eclipsed by the success of the standard model, which is very different, as it postulates the existence of fundamental fields and their corresponding particles. And today, bootstrap physics has virtually disappeared from the scene. However, if a theory of quantum gravity continues to remain elusive, and if the a priori assumption of the structure of space-time is broadly recognized as the essential flaw of string theory, the bootstrap idea may well will be revived someday, in some mathematical formulation or other.
He studied black holes. These are very interesting objects, there is no time in a black hole, as gravity & time is interconnected. Extraordinary gravity stops time. Information goes into black hole and never get out again, as Hawking said. I can't imagine flying into a black hole and come back without any harm. For example, time slows down in the center of earth, because gravity slows down time.
Time is also connected with speed. At lightning speed, time is almost stopped. So light must have another time clock, it reach us in 8 mins from the sun. It's hard to comprehend.