Thursday, 25 April 2013

The Soul and Quantum Physics

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Dr. Fred Alan Wolf earned a Ph. D. in theoretical physics from UCLA. He continues to write, lecture throughout the world, and conduct research on the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness. He is the National Book Award Winning author of Taking the Quantum Leap and many other books including The Spiritual Universe. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. Dr. Wolf has taught at the University of London, the University of Paris, the Hahn-Meitner Institute for Nuclear Physics in Berlin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and San Diego State University in the United States. His latest book is entitled Mind into Matter.
I've found this  interview made with  Dr. Fred Alan Wolf.

Below I will summarize some of the points of this interview.

First he explains that physics described and formulated by seventeenth and eighteen century thinkers like Isaac Newton can't be applied to understanding of quantum physics.

In fact quantum physics introduced a whole new way of thinking about science. It pointed to the fact that the way a person observes an atomic or sub-atomic event can actually alter and change that event in ways that would not be predictable bythe old Newtonian models
Then he states that reality only exists when it is perceived. If you remember old question about tree falling in the woods, this is the perfect example. You won't know about tree falling in the wood if you didn't see or hear it.

We are changing reality when we are observing it. By becoming conscious of the universe, by paying attention to it, we change the universe?
Consciousness is what consciousness does. It performs a dual role in the universe. In the world of the quantum, it is both the awareness and the creation of experience. In short, knowing is mind and being is matter. This interaction between mind and matter, or knowing and being, has perplexed philosophers for centuries and is called the “mind-body problem”. The problem has to do with will. Just getting the job done is not sufficient. Any old machine will do that. It’s knowing that the job is being done that is the grabber.

Atoms are conscious, neurons are conscious. One mind is just the sum of all the choices made by the billions of atomic minds. The mind has no location in space and Dr. Fred Alan Wolf also believes that soul exists and that science particularly quantum physics slowly embraces concept of Plato who taught that there was a more perfect, non-material realm of existence.

There is evidence that suggests the existence of a non-material, non-physical universe that has a reality even though it may not as yet be clearly perceptible to our senses and scientific instrumentation. When we consider out-of-body experiences, shamanic journeys and lucid dream states, though they cannot be replicated in the true scientific sense, they also point to the existence of non-material dimensions of reality.
Now most of us were not trained to look for and experience our souls. We’ve been more or less trained to look for things that can be grasped—things that are physical and solid. But the soul is not tangible, physical or solid. You cannot just reach out and touch the soul. Yet, the soul as an animating principle in the universe is ultimately more important than anything that is physical or tangible.
He believes that science should change the way in which reality is described because there is much more to that which we can't observe with our 5 senses than what we can.  E.g. magnetism is a such a force which can't be observed yet it exists the same is with antimatter.

In regards to locality and existence he says this.

There is no place inside your body where “you” actually exist. You don’t have a particular volume of space or spot that is “you.” It is an illusion to think that everything outside that volume of space is “not you”--what you commonly say is “outside of you.” The best description we can give for this sense of presence is that you “are everywhere.” The main reason that you have more awareness of being in a body is simply because the sensory apparatus of the body commands a great deal of your attention and that much of your attention is linked to your physical senses. We have the illusion that our human bodies are solid, but they are over 99.99%  empty space.

 To the notion that some people at time of death experience  “light at the end of the tunnel”, he has this to say.

Let me offer a possibility here. Though all material objects cannot, by definition, travel faster than the speed of light, there is evidence that the soul, which is non-physical and therefore not confined by movements in the material world, can travel faster than the speed of light. Traveling faster than the speed of light is called “superluminal speed.” So at the time of death, or during a near-death experience, it may very well be that the person transitions from the material world--that operates at speeds less than the speed of light--to a world that operates faster than light speed, the so-called “superluminal” spiritual world. In that transfer, a tunneling effect may take place in much the same way that it appears to take place in what astrophysicists call a “black hole."
Now this is where it gets really interesting. At the superluminal speed of the soul, we go beyond time and space as we experience it in this physical dimension. We then have the phenomenon of being able to move both forward and backward through time/space. People who come back from a near-death experience describe something like this. What these people are very likely experiencing are windows into that kind of time/space dimension of reality.

To continue the interview go here. You will find scientific explanation about God, acceleration of time, consciousness merging, shamanism , healing and UFOs.

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  1. Hi Bogdan!

    Here could be found very good insights.
    Theosophy and Physics are each day closer,and looks like model of new sciences is ready to be defined.

    Yes, Newton should become ReNewton :)).
    Thanks for sharing.