Postmortem Survival and the Physical Universe with Ruth Kastner

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Quote:Ruth Kastner, PhD, is a member of the Foundations of Physics group at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is author of The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: The Reality of Possibility, Understanding Our Unseen Reality: Solving Quantum Riddles, and Adventures in Quantumland: Exploring Our Unseen Reality. Here she contrasts the "eternalist" view of physics, as expressed in the idea of a "block universe" based on Einstein's theory of relativity, with a "dynamical" view as expressed in the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics. These interpretations of the physical universe both allow some form of human postmortem survival – although they appear to be quite different from each other.
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell



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