Secret Science

07/19/2020

 

Science has a secret, a secret that they have been keeping for over two hundred years. It was first discovered in 1801 as a result of scientific research that is now generally referred to as the Double Slit Experiment. That experiment changed everything that science thought it knew about reality, namely:

That consciousness is the most basic, the most elemental building block of the universe.

 

As the Double Slit Experiment showed, an observer changes the outcome of the experiment. That is, our consciousness affects how the universe functions and, therefore, how it ultimately evolves. As physicist John Wheeler put it, “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.” The reason for that is that we are an integral part of a unified field of consciousness which extends throughout the universe, a universe that is a sea of quantum energy which is constantly creating reality.

Further research on the Double Slit Experiment led to the Copenhagen Interpretation by physicists Heisenberg and Bohr. They postulated that all possible realities initially exist simultaneously. This led to the creation of a new field of science called quantum mechanics. For a mind-bending experience on quantum mechanics, you should check out the famous Schrodinger’s Cat thought experiment in which a cat is possibly both dead and alive at the same time!

However, all sorts of people have reasons for not telling the general public about  consciousness (and the power of the mind). For atheists, it would mean acknowledging that there is “intelligent design” in the universe; for deists it would mean that although there is a creator it is not the god of their holy book; and for the elites it could very well mean losing control over the masses. So, instead we have secret science for those that have eyes to see and ears to hear.

 

Epilogue

Secret science isn’t just confined to a discussion about consciousness either. Genetic research has also had its issues. For example, in 1987 when genetic research was in its infancy, molecular biologists Alan Wilson and Rebecca Cann popularized the Out Of Africa evolutionary theory on the origins of man. However, genetic research has come a long way since then. The latest genetic research from Wilson and Cann says that life began in Australia, not in Africa. A separate study showed that European haplogroups did not descend from African haplogroups. Yet, the scientific world is silent about theses findings. So, it just may be that life began in Australia, mate.

 

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”  – Carl Sagan

 

 

 

 

Life Is From Life

07/04/2020

 

It’s a basic principle of science – omne vivum ex vivo. That is, all life is from life. Louis Pasteur proved it over 150 years ago and countless experiments and research have since confirmed it. Life does not spontaneously arise from non-living material. After all, there is something that animates human beings (as opposed to rocks).

Humans are a unique life-form in the cosmos. We are conscious. We can ponder our own existence. As Carl Sagan put it, “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” So, Sagan realized that the universe was conscious and that we, as conscious beings, evolved from a conscious universe.

However, there is something beyond the universe. In the Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot described how this all works, “Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time….” In other words, the source of life is outside of the universe.

By contrast, science likes to claim that the universe began with a big bang and that everything was created out of “nothing”. The reason for this illogical reasoning is that if it was not created out of nothing, then, by definition, it had to be created out of something, and something conscious at that. So, you can understand why both atheists and creationists alike have chosen not to go there.

In order to answer the age-old question of what meaning our lives have, we have to first determine whether or not there is a source, a first cause so to speak. Our lives either have meaning that relates to such a source or they have no meaning at all.  Rather, we would simply be cosmic accidents – random blobs of electro-magnetic energy in a universe that was created out of nothing. In such case, Louis Pasteur would likely be rolling over in his grave.

 

“The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.”         

    – Bernard d’Espagnat, physicist

 

 

They say that life mimics art.  What if I told you that life also imitates a flashlight? Sounds too preposterous, right? Let me explain.

Picture a dark room. Pitch black.  Movement cannot be detected even if it exists.  Now picture a flashlight in that room. The flashlight, of course, has an energy source (a battery).  So, we all know what happens when the flashlight is turned on…photons of light are emitted from the flashlight and as a result the room becomes illuminated.  Where there was only darkness, now there is light (life).  You could say that life begins and that the source of that life is the flashlight (battery).

So, what happens when the flashlight is turned off.  Did light (life) end? 

The answer is that life, like the flashlight, exists in a state of potentiality. Sub-atomic particles exist in all possible states simultaneously. They have distinct properties only after they are observed (by human consciousness). It gives new meaning to what physicist John Wheeler said: “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”

The process by which consciousness creates life has been well-known within scientific circles for almost 100 years.  However, it’s a dirty little secret that the masses were not supposed to know about…but, of course, now you know.

Epilogue

Even religion has its own version of life mimicking a flashlight, as follows: “Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” – Genesis 1: 2-3

Imagine That

09/17/2019

I still get all sorts of questions about one’s purpose in life so I guess another post is probably in order. 

People come in all flavors: tall, short, black, white, man, woman. However, those are purely physical characteristics; they don’t truly define us. What defines us is our “soul.” The soul is something that many people believe exists but they don’t know exactly what it is. Here’s a tip.  The soul is “you.” The real you and not just the entity which you perceive to be you (what you see in the mirror). All there is, is the soul. The rest is just illusion. 

In a physical sense, we are the biblical “children of God.” More accurately, we are the children of the gods, as the gods (our creators) were a more advanced lifeform…and, in turn, they were created by an even more advanced lifeform.  However, the physical forms they created are simply the body/containers that the soul uses to explore the physical universe. The soul, itself, was not created by the gods and nobody can say for sure where the soul comes from.  Suffice it to say, though, that the soul is the creative force/essence of the universe.

Your purpose in life is directly linked to the reason that the soul exists.  You may never exactly know what that purpose is, although through intuition you may sense it, even feel it.  So, as we go through life we try to imagine what and who we are; as Bill Hicks put it, “…we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.”  

The key words used by Hicks are “all one consciousness” and we are the “imagination of ourselves” rather than simply we are ourselves. Quantum physics has shown that somehow we are all infinitely, and simultaneously, connected… and that connection is through consciousness. As for we are the imagination of ourselves, everything is an illusion. The universe exists within the mind and not the other way around. As neurophysiologist Sir John Eccles put it: “I want you to realize that there exists no color in the natural world, and no sound – nothing of this kind; no textures, no patterns, no beauty, no scent.”

This question concerning our existence is the singular question that continually escapes a definitive answer. Some of the great thinkers of the day have tried to address this topic and here’s what they had to say:

“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold.” – Eckhart Tolle                          

“This whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is the theater where the dreamer is at once scene, actor, prompter, stage manager, author, audience, and critic.” – Carl Jung

“Man experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.”  –  Albert Einstein

The above quotes reference either dreams or the supernatural. Who is to say, then, what is real and what is not. After all, who was there during Genesis 1:3 or before The Big Bang?

As for your purpose in life, your purpose is to evolve. Yes, evolve. We are an intricate part of the circle of life. Imagine that!

 

“We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home.” – Australian aboriginal saying

If A Tree Falls

08/28/2019

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound? This is one of the riddles of modern science.

The answer is that it depends on what you mean by “sound.” Philosophers argue that sound is a quality which exists only in our minds. Sir John Eccles, a neurophysiologist and Nobel Prize winner, put it this way:”I want you to realize that there exists no color in the natural world, and no sound – nothing of this kind; no textures, no patterns, no beauty, no scent.” What Eccles is saying is that the world is contained within the mind and not the other way around.

More confused?  Welcome to the world of quantum physics.  In quantum physics, quantum particles exist in all possible states simultaneously. They have distinct properties only after they are measured/observed (by human consciousness). So, science can never know where an electron (the basic building block of reality) is until they measure it because the electron, itself, is everywhere at once.

Human consciousness is the key. In that regard, physicist Bernard d’Espagnat said that, “The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.” We live in a world that is affected and changed by our very existence. As physicist John Wheeler put it, “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”

The native peoples of ancient times were much more in touch with nature (the universe) than we are today. For example, the Australian aboriginals have a saying which goes like this: “We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home.” Notice the first thing that they say about our purpose in life.  It’s to observe.

One could make the argument then, based on quantum physics, that we are observers (of the universe).  In actuality, we are an integral part of a conscious universe, a universe that is alive and evolving, a universe that is an all-pervasive sea of quantum energy which is constantly creating reality. Thank you to Bernaud d’Espagnat, John Wheeler and the Australian aboriginals for illuminating this matter for us.

 

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Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe that was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.” –  Arno Penzias, physicist and Nobel laureate

 

 

 

 

I’ve written about this topic several times so I thought you might enjoy the take of Anthony Peake who is a writer/researcher on human consciousness.  Here’s the link to the full video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH2kutE2h0k.

Peake’s theory can be summarized as follows:

  • Sub-atomic particles exist only as statistical probabilities until they are measured (e.g. by human consciousness).
  • Once measured, the sub-atomic particles become part of the material world (“reality”). Peake likens this to playing a CD-ROM on a computer whereby the computer processes the digital information on the CD-ROM creating an on-screen version of the game (the universe). This digital information is programming in the traditional form of 1s and 0s.
  • The universe is a two-dimensional hologram which our brain views and converts to a three-dimensional image.
  • Everything is consciousness. The material world is simply an extension of, and creation of, consciousness.

 

“…we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.”  – Bill Hicks

 

Physicists realize that when you split the atom into smaller and smaller pieces, eventually the atoms lack solidarity altogether.  The atoms dissolve into fields of energy. As a result, Nobel Prize winning physicist Louis de Broglie stated that matter arises from electromagnetic fields of energy. It’s fair to say, then, that matter is simply a physical representation of energy fields in our visible, three-dimensional universe.

One way of looking at the universe is that it is nothing more than the amalgamation of the periodic table of elements, basically matter and gases. These elements are not the building blocks of the universe because they, themselves, break down into energy fields.  Even if you believed that consciousness emerges from matter, the basic building block of the atom is an energy field. In that event, the source of consciousness is an energy field.

So, what is the universe, then, and how can we best describe it?  Well, the concept of an energy field is a rather amorphous one.  When it’s faced with this type of dead-end, science simply refers to it as dark matter or dark energy. That is, all the stuff in the universe that they haven’t found yet (by some estimates 85% of the universe), but if they had found it would explain “creation.”

Note:  See the problem? The stuff that created the universe has never been found.  It’s not in the matter and gases that have been observed in the physical universe.

As for the mind, the mind, like dark energy, has never been found by science.  It apparently does not reside in the brain.  What we can hypothesize about both the mind and dark energy is that they must be either invisible (and undetectable) or lie outside of the universe.

This ties in to the “spooky action” problem in science.  That’s where particles are aware of the actions of other particles which lie completely across the universe with no contact of any kind. This has been proven over and over again by experiment without a scientific explanation of any kind. However, what if the universe is one giant, unified field of energy or that all particles were connected to such a field of energy that lied outside of the universe. That could easily explain spooky action.

Something akin to that has already been discovered by Russian molecular biologist Pjotr Gariaiev who worked on The Human Genome Project. What he found is a process by which our DNA functions similarly to a biological internet.  The actual communication process involves an energy field that all life exists in, an energy field that connects all living cells through what’s referred to as a non-local area phenomena; that is, outside of space and time.

Quantum physics has discovered the existence of something that is generally referred to as the Zero Point Field. It is an all-pervasive sea of quantum energy in the universe. It is characterized by virtual particles which mysteriously appear and disappear out of nowhere, all within a fraction of a second. It is one of the reasons why physicist David Bohm believes that a quantum field is the true source of our reality, a quantum field which is projected from another realm that is beyond space and time.

What we have is a lot of questions and a lot of theories based on a lot of assumptions. Epicurus must be turning over in his grave. In the end, science will be faced with the proposition that the answers to their big questions all lie beyond space and time. It appears that we never meant to understand the mysteries of the universe. Albert Einstein even said as much.

 

“I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.”   – Max Planck, physicist

 

There is a question about the universe which no one seems to ask.  That is, if the universe is conscious, then which came first, the universe or the consciousness? The answer must be that the consciousness came first, but boy does that open up Pandora’s Box.

So, we have all these existing theories above the universe, from the Big Bang to black holes with talk about strange stuff like dark matter and dark energy.  Then, we have the dilemma of why these scientific theories can’t explain the universe or can’t even explain rather elementary things like, say, gravity or why some scientific theories disagree with other scientific theories. So many theories with literally no real answers.

Here’s the thing about consciousness, though.  Consciousness does not require Big Bangs or black holes or any of the other existing scientific theories for that matter. While consciousness does not explain what we are doing here, it does explain what the universe is doing here.  The universe is here because consciousness created it.

So, exactly where does that lead us?

For one thing, it would be impossible to develop a scientific theory that explains everything unless you have experienced everything (and understand it).  So, complete understanding of all that is …is an impossibility. Pure science is pretty much at a dead end anyway as John Horgan discusses in his book The End of Science.  Therefore, all the exotic theories discussed in science today are simply an attempt to stay relevant…which is pretty much impossible under the circumstances.

For another thing, it means that we are not a physical life form. There are, then, only a few possibilities of what we are. We could be part of a computer program which is simulating life or we could be the consciousness that is, in effect, creating all life (including, perhaps, a simulation) or we could be part of a unified field of consciousness which includes everything in  the universe.  If we are part of a computer simulation, there still has to be a higher level of consciousness (even, maybe ourselves in another form) that is creating the simulation.  In any event, consciousness has to be the source of reality.

Bottom line: Consciousness is the creator of all that is and therefore, all that is… is consciousness.

Of course, there is no way to exactly define what consciousness is.  Suffice it to say, though, that consciousness is the creative force in, and of, the universe.  For some, perhaps that’s enough; for others like me…..

 

“Life is the most mysterious of all the wonders of creation because atoms have been assembled in such a way so that they can ponder their own existence.” – Martin Rees, astrophysicist

P.S. “Ponder” you understand, meaning that the universe is self-aware and intelligent.

 

 

“The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”

                   – From the movie The Matrix

 

With respect to my recent posts The Matrix Dilemma and The Conscious Universe, you seem to have lots of doubts about the illusion that is the universe…and questions galore. Without addressing each and every question, let me add to your confusion with these tidbits:

We live in a matrix which is composed of information. It’s simply a bunch of 1s and Os.

For reference, you can check out the work of James Gates Jr. who has stated that scientific theories which describe the fundamental nature of the universe contain embedded computer codes.

The matrix is not independent of us, indeed its source is us.

For reference, you can check out the work of John Wheeler. Wheeler is famous for positing that, “The universe does not exist out there, independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”  Also, Bernard d’Espagnat. It was d’Espagnat who said, “The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousnesturns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.” Finally, Nima Arkani-Hamed. Arkani-Hamed said, “Spacetime is doomed.  There is no such thing as spacetime fundamentally in the actual underlying description of the laws of physics.  That’s very startling because what physics is supposed to be about is describing things as they happen in space and time.  So, if there’s no spacetime, it’s not clear what physics is about.”

To paraphrase an old saying: If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? The answer is no. The tree doesn’t fall (or make a sound) until we observe it.  Observation is everything. Even Einstein struggled with the concept asking, “…does that mean the moon is not there when I am not looking at it?”

Bottom line: It’s all about consciousness. Space and time, as Arkani-Hamed said are not fundamental to the universe.  Rather, there is no space and time, no moon (for Einstein) and no universe at all, until we create them.

 

“…we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.”  – Bill Hicks

 

The Matrix Dilemma

02/13/2019

Reality is unapproachable. That is, there is no way to know if you are experiencing reality or a simulation, or a simulation within a simulation, within a simulation (not unlike a fractal).  Our universe could be a shadow of something else, like in Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave”.

This inability of man to grasp reality was addressed by a couple of the great minds of the 20thcentury:

  • “In the world of physics…the shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper…the frank realization that physical science is concerned with a world of shadow….” – Arthur Eddington, astronomer/physicist
  • “The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe.” – Albert Einstein

Even with all the uncertainty, scientists realize that there is a lot more to life than what we can observe (and measure).  There is a gap in our knowledge which is beyond the ability of the human mind to understand and yet we know that the gap is there.  For example in their formulae, scientists insert things like the universal constant, dark matter and dark energy. These are merely placeholders for the missing knowledge.

Yet, scientific experiments sometimes have given man the ability to pierce the veil of life, if but for a brief second. As a result, the search for the origins of life has slowly progressed from science to something more closely resembling philosophy.  To some degree, this is expressed by the following:

  • “Life is the most mysterious of all the wonders of creation because atoms have been assembled in such a way so that they can ponder their own existence.” – Martin Rees, astrophysicist
  • “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” – Carl Sagan

Of course, we now understand that “ponder our own existence” and “know itself” are phrases that relate to consciousness. That is, we live in a self-perpetuating and conscious universe.

In the movie “The Matrix,” Neo is presented with a dilemma.  He can choose between taking a blue pill or taking a red pill.  The blue pill stands for the blissful ignorance of illusion and the red pill stands for freedom which is tied to the truth, no matter how painful it might be. Unfortunately, most people today, knowingly or unknowingly, choose the blue pill.  Even if you presented them with the truth, their subconscious minds would not allow the truth to be known. It’s a self-defense mechanism to preserve the illusion which they have already chosen.  Interestingly enough, the red pill doesn’t necessarily present a person with the truth. It only destroys the illusion to allow people to see beyond the matrix.  As Martin Rees said, we can only ponder our existence – reality is, in reality, unapproachable.

 

The spiral (Fibonacci Spiral) in a snail’s shell is the same mathematically as the spiral in the Milky Way galaxy, and it’s also the same mathematically as the spirals in our DNA. It’s the same ratio that you’ll find in very basic music that transcends cultures all over the world.”  – Joseph Gordon-Levitt