Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness
Review by Nathan Senge
There is a quiet revolution afoot. The last century has witnessed Buddhists and quantum physicists quietly moving into perigee, however unwittingly until the last twenty years. In Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. Cloth, 176 Pages), B. Alan Wallace gives an incisive portrayal of this merging of minds and argues that these two paths are not just complementary—they are intimately related.
Wallace begins his project by attempting to divest the Western reader of biased constructions of knowledge. He reminds us that, in the middle ages, the Western totem pole of disciplines was a reversal of its current configuration; theology came first, to which philosophy was subservient, followed by science in turn. Looking toward a new paradigm of thought, Wallace proposes that we bend the totem pole in a circle centered around contemplation (14)—reflecting the fact that all knowledge begins with the observer. As he rightly points out, there is no direct transmission of law from data. We must not forget the primacy of observation itself and from what glass our lens is cut.