About The Unreal Universe – My First Book

The Unreal Universe is an inquiry into the realness of reality as reflected in the basic assumptions of physics. It examines these assumptions using metaphysical views of reality. More than a philosophical inquiry, the book actually applies these views in explaining certain astrophysical phenomena such as Gamma-ray bursts and symmetric radio sources. This explanation appears in June 2007 issue of IJMP-D (a well-respected, peer-reviewed physics journal) as an article titled, “Are Radio Sources and Gamma Ray Bursts Luminal Booms?“, soon to become one of the Top Accessed Article of the journal by Jan 2008.

Many schools of philosophy view our perceptual reality as a limited projection of a larger truth into our sensory or cognitive space. A similar view is now echoed in modern neuroscience. This philosophical insight rediscovered in the context of physics forms the backbone of The Unreal Universe.

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Posts Related to The Unreal Universe

  • Are Radio Sources and Gamma Ray Bursts Luminal Booms?
    This post is the blog version of my article published in the International Journal of Modern Physics D (IJMP-D) in 2007, soon to become the Top Accessed Article of the journal by Jan 2008. Although it might seem like a hard core physics article, it is in fact an application of the philosophical insight permeating this blog and my book. [Ref: IJMP-D Vol. 16, No. 6 (2007) pp. 983–1000.] Of my 200+ physics articles published in peer-reviewed journals, this baby is my pride and joy!
  • Constraints of Perception and Cognition in Relativistic Physics.
    This post is an abridged online version of my article that appears in Galilean Electrodynamics in November, 2008. [Ref: Galilean Electrodynamics, Vol. 19, No. 6, Nov/Dec 2008, pp: 103–117] It can be viewed as a good summary of my book, The Unreal Universe, with all the gory mathematical details. Originally written for a professional audience, this post may interest my physicist friends, especially those with a philosophical openness in their beliefs.
  • The Unreal Universe — Seeing Light in Science and Spirituality
    This essay, originally written for a Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times, was published in an altered form in a philosophy magazine called The Philosopher (also posted in this blog — Perception, Physics and the Role of Light in Philosophy) with a bit too much editorial input, I felt.
  • The Philosophy of Special Relativity — A Comparison between Indian and Western Interpretations
    In this blog version of an article published in Omega, I discuss how Eastern and Western views say essentially the same things when it comes to the nature of space and time. And how that view can be interpreted as a basis for understanding Einstein’s theories. [Journal Ref: Omega – Indian Journal of Science and Religion, Vol. VI, (Dec. 2007), pp 138-150.]
  • Perception, Physics and the Role of Light in Philosophy
    Published in The journal of the Philosophical Society of England. The Philosopher, Vol. LXXXXVI No. 1 (Spring 2008), pp 3-7. This article examines the role of light in perception, physics and philosophy. Based on the similarities between metaphysical and spiritual or philosophical views on space and time, the article sheds new light on modern physics — the special theory of relativity, in particular.
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