DOI: 10.14704/nq.2015.13.3.844

What are the Laws of Nature Anyway? Part I: Toward a Holistic Model

Robert W. Boyer

Abstract


Like many terms in modern science, ‘laws of nature’ are used as if the meaning is clear. After hundreds of years of objective research, however, whether the laws exist on their own or are just ideas such as equations, and whether they are universal and guide change or are just empirically identified patterns, seem to be not yet known. Also, there is little certainty about their whereabouts if they really do exist. Scientific progress from concrete matter to energy to abstract information, and to the interdependence of objective and subjective, brought these issues to prominence again. In Part I, perspectives of a selection of well-known theorists including Paul Davies, Roger Penrose, Henry Stapp, Max Tegmark, David Bohm, and Albert Einstein are reviewed. In Part II, the ancient holistic Vedic account as re-clarified by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is then shown to offer a more comprehensive meaning of ‘laws of nature.’

Keywords


laws of nature; emergence; ontology; levels of reality; unified field; Vedic 3-in-1 account

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