Microcosm

Microcosm

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Gilder, George Simon & Schuster, 1990
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The overthrow of matter is the main event of the century. As the mind gains ascendancy, physical wealth declines in value and sig-nificance. Computer software, a product of the mind, is the added value in world commerce, thus, telecommunications carry more precious cargo than all the world's freight vessels. This trend will transform humankind's relation to nature in the 21st century.The technology of the microcosm is the microchip-the computer that exists on a minute piece of processed material. It is the invisible domain that is ruled and revealed by the laws of quantum physics, however, it is this invisibility that has made the microcosm a non- factor in shaping public views and philosophies.Because quantum theory presents a difficult set of baffling ideas, humans resist and even rebel against it. It flies in the face of common sense, but common sense is slave to the materialist view that our world is a set of solid phenomena mechanically integrated in chains of cause and effect. The overthrow of matter in science can lead to the ascendancy of information and mind in contemporary technology and economics. Quantum physics gives humans access to the inner structure of matter, and knowledge is power.