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Nick Herbert
(7 Sep 1936 - )

American physicist and author who has written or co-authored several books, of which Quantum Reality, a layman's introduction to quantum physics, is the best known.

Science Quotes by Nick Herbert (5 quotes)

Bell’s theorem is easy to understand but hard to believe.
— Nick Herbert
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Human personality resembles a coral reef: a large hard/dead structure built and inhabited by tiny soft/live animals. The hard/dead part of our personality consists of habits, memories, and compulsions and will probably be explained someday by some sort of extended computer metaphor. The soft/live part of personality consists of moment-to-moment direct experience of being. This aspect of personality is familiar but somewhat ineffable and has eluded all attempts at physical explanation.
— Nick Herbert
Quoted in article 'Nick Herbert', in Gale Cengage Learning, Contemporary Authors Online (2002).
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If we take quantum theory seriously as a picture of what’s really going on, each measurement does more than disturb: it profoundly reshapes the very fabric of reality.
— Nick Herbert
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Science quotes on:  |  Disturb (5)  |  Fabric (13)  |  Measurement (148)  |  Picture (55)  |  Profoundly (11)  |  Quantum Theory (55)  |  Reality (140)  |  Really (50)  |  Reshape (2)  |  Seriously (13)

Quantum theory—at least in the Heisenberg interpretation—describes the way the world works as a literal moment-to-moment emergence of actual facts out of a background of less factual 'potentia.'
— Nick Herbert
Quoted in article 'Nick Herbert', in Gale Cengage Learning, Contemporary Authors Online (2002).
Science quotes on:  |  Background (24)  |  Description (72)  |  Emergence (21)  |  Fact (609)  |  Interpretation (61)  |  Literal (5)  |  Moment (61)  |  Quantum Theory (55)  |  Work (457)  |  World (667)

Science’s biggest mystery is the nature of consciousness. It is not that we possess bad or imperfect theories of human awareness; we simply have no such theories at all.
— Nick Herbert
In Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics (1987), 249.
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Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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