• The Romance of Reality

  • How the Universe Organizes Itself to Create Life, Consciousness, and Cosmic Complexity
  • By: Bobby Azarian
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Why do we exist? For centuries, this question was the sole province of religion and philosophy. But now science is ready to take a seat at the table.

According to the prevailing scientific paradigm, the universe tends toward randomness; it functions according to laws without purpose, and the emergence of life is an accident devoid of meaning. 

But this bleak interpretation of nature is currently being challenged by cutting-edge findings at the intersection of physics, biology, neuroscience, and information theory—generally referred to as “complexity science”. Thanks to a new understanding of evolution, as well as recent advances in our understanding of the phenomenon known as emergence, a new cosmic narrative is taking shape: Nature’s simplest “parts” come together to form ever-greater “wholes” in a process that has no end in sight.  

In The Romance of Reality, cognitive neuroscientist Bobby Azarian explains the science behind this new view of reality and explores what it means for all of us. In engaging, accessible prose, Azarian outlines the fundamental misunderstanding of thermodynamics at the heart of the old assumptions about the universe’s evolution, and shows us the evidence that suggests that the universe is a “self-organizing” system, one that is moving toward increasing complexity and awareness. 

Cosmologist and science communicator Carl Sagan once said of humanity that “we are a way for the cosmos to know itself”. The Romance of Reality shows that this poetic statement in fact rests on a scientific foundation and gives us a new way to know the cosmos, along with a riveting vision of life that imbues existence with meaning—nothing supernatural required. 

©2022 BenBella Books (P)2022 BenBella Books

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Masterful synthesis

Azarian delivers a truly grand sweep from the Big Bang through the end of time. He focuses on the phase of greatest interest to us: the origins of Life to the present day. Having been a Second Law junkie for forty years, I was instantly grabbed by the central role of entropy, free energy and engagement of natural selection in the book’s many propositions. I loved the consistent building of the framework. The completely untestable nature of the propositions in the last sections of the book did not detract (too much) from my deep satisfaction from having invested the time in listening to the whole book. It is a masterful synthesis and I heartily recommend it.

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Excellent book on the understanding of the human experience and function of the universe.

Cant recommend enough. If possible, I would recommend listening to Visionary by Graham Hancock, and The immortality Key by Brian Muraresku before embarking into this. These books give a solid understanding of the roots of human consciousness leading to where we are today without too much esoteric speech.

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We just cannot bear being unimportant.

I’m reminded of a saying, “you have to be really smart to be that wrong.” So are all the trillions of planets that do not contain life, evidence that life is not important to the universe? It’s the same wrong question that this book asks. I really tried to keep reading this but just couldn’t after he showed his hand. Makes me proud of the scientists who will stand up to the cold bracing wind of reality and honestly say, “no, life is not significant from the perspective of the universe, only from our perspective.” Just because the conditions of this planet were ripe for life to quickly arise, does not mean the universe was just giddy with excitement waiting for us. Teleology and religion are so seductive, they will even bed atheist scientists.

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Road to Omega Indeed

An Incredibly Beautiful Journey of Evolution. A Roadmap to Life, Mind, Spirituality and Consciousness. Awakening.

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absolutely amazing

it's been a while since I read a book that I learnt so much from.