Books

  • The Non-Local Universe: The New Physics and Matters of the Mind
    by Robert Nadeau, Menas Kafatos

    The Non-Local Universe: The New Physics and Matters of the Mind (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999) Co-authored with Menas Kafatos. This book first examines the impact of the Cartesian division between mind and world on the history of western thought since the seventeenth century with a special emphasis on how classical physics legitimated this division. This discussion reveals that the seventeenth century presumption of metaphysical dualism was incorporated into classical epistemology and remained a featured of this epistemology even after the doctrine of positivism became orthodox in the nineteenth century. The authors then describe how efforts to preserve the classical view of correspondence between physical theory and physical reality culminated in a series of experiments which disclosed the existence of a new fact of nature called nonlocality.

    After demonstrating that these experiments have undermined classical or Einsteinian epistemology, an attempt is made to articulate a “new epistemology of science.” The case is then made that this new epistemology is required to properly understand part/whole relationships in biological reality which challenge the validity of mechanistic assumptions about this relationship in Darwinian theory. The book concludes with an attempt to demonstrate that the stark Cartesian division between mind and world is not commensurate with our most advanced scientific understanding of this relationship.   

     
  • S/He Brain : Science, Sexual Politics and the Myth of Feminism
    by Robert L. Nadeau

    Sh/e Brain: Science and Sexual Politics (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 1996). The book begins with a review of research from neuroscience on sex-specific differences in the human brain and research in the behaviorally sciences that shows that the sex-specific differences tend to correlate with gender-specific discrepancies in sensory responses, in language use, and in dating and courtship rituals. The case is then made that this research challenges the validity of the sex-gender system in second wave feminist theory and could serve to revive the feminist movement outside the academy. The book concludes with a proposal for a new standard of sexual equality that would eliminate the abuses of women sanctioned by the current standard. 

     
  • The Conscious Universe: Parts and Wholes in Physical Reality
    by Menas Kafatos, Robert Nadeau

    The Conscious Universe: Part and Whole in Modern Physical Theory (New York: Springer‑Verlag, 1990). Co-authored with Menas Kafatos. This book is an in-depth examination of the revisions in quantum epistemology that could be occasioned by the discovery of non-locality. The case is also made that observational problems in cosmology will also result in a profound new understanding of the relationship between parts and whole in physical reality.