A precursor of quantum reality

George Berkeley (1685-1753) was a philosopher and an Anglican bishop. His book A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, published in 1710, proposed a philosophy that the existence of physical objects consists in being perceived. The physical world depends only on the mind, and physical substance does not have an independent existence. Not surprisingly, his philosophy did not gain general acceptance at the time, but can now be viewed in the light of the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics!

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He emigrated from Ireland to America, where the city of Berkeley, California, and its university are named after him.

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