Thought and Time: A Unique Perception
by Karur Rangan

"The LTOCK THEORY of existence closely follows the Buddhist concept of the middle way. All conditional things are in a state of flux."

This book is in the same conceptual realm as Fritjof Capra's The Tao of Physics. In this book, however, the author has balanced a Buddhist and Hindu cosmology with modern physics with a much heavier focus on logical systems. He begins by introducing the concept of "LTock" or logical thought that is the "Atmic particle" and metaphysical entity that exists outside of the physical universe. This is the Western mind-body dualism problem solved through the Hindu concept of the "Atman" or spiritual selfhood that is thought or mind. Atman is also capable of being subsumed or absorbed into the Absolute or Brahman, expressed in the Hindu concept of "Tat tvam asi" or, loosely translated, "Thou art that," signaling oneness with the infinite. Here the author attempts to logically dissect and reintegrate ontology by applying a wide-ranging argument using the modern physics of Neils Bohr's model of electron behavior and Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity as well as traditional Eastern philosophies of Nirguna Brahman and Mahayana Buddhism.

Philosophers are famous for creating neologisms to represent new concepts. This writer is no different. The complexity of his logical explorations is integrated with abstract ideas from modern particle physics and represented by new words. "THS," or "Thought Half-Spin," and "AHS," meaning "Action Half-Spin," are examples. "LQ," or thought energy, produces "Q." or action, which makes up a component, which is, in turn, produced through a medium within a manifold within a membrane. This is all well-structured logically, but the complexity is daunting to comprehend through one or even two or three readings. There are few pauses in the cascade of abstraction, but that is the nature of logic. Overall, though, this is an impressive effort. The structure of the book is well-ordered and well-reasoned.

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