chapter  5
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Queen Physics: How Much of the Globe is Painted Red?

Despite all of the apparent differences we see among the unlimited number of things that happen in the world, there is but one realm, we are told, and physics is its queen. I reject this claim. There is not one realm, as the ambassadors of physics maintain, nor two, as mind-body dualists proclaim, but many: cooperating, quarrelling and negotiating. I reject the universal rule of physics not because I dissent from her dictates but because I respect her strengths. What physics can do, she does exceedingly well. However, her very strengths suggest that she cannot rule everything with the same iron hand, nor can she do it alone.