In Mind and the Cosmic Order, the mathematician Charles Pinter examines the role mind plays in the construction of reality, ultimately concluding that the mental constructs that give existence its form and structure, while not material, are no less real than the physical world with which the mind interacts. In this brief but wide-ranging book consisting of nine chapters that tackle subjects ranging from the seeing eye to the scientific observer, Pinter takes a synthetic approach to the study of the cosmic order, drawing on such diverse fields as biology, physics, neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and philosophy to argue that the sensations and thoughts located in the mind of the perceiver bring to light facets of reality whose very existence depends on the act of perception.

Pinter begins his foray into the nature of reality with a discussion of the mechanics of vision. Our assumption that what we see...

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