“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”
– Albert Einstein
Until relatively recently, physics had no real interest in matters concerning minds and consciousness.
For centuries this had been the realm of Religions and the great Spiritual traditions and may God damn any scientist that interfered or challenged the views of these powerful institutions that had invested huge amounts of time, money and effort into developing their realms of influence and control.
So for a very long time matters of ‘spirit’ and matters of the physical world of ‘matter’ lived in very separate houses.
The materialists were quite happy with this arrangement, they could happily and profitably get on with peering ever more deeply into the physical world with their reductionist scientific method, cutting up nature into smaller and smaller pieces in an effort to find out how the whole thing worked, and a huge amount has been discovered in the process, but it wasn’t the full picture . . . very far from it.
In the meantime matters to do with Mind and Consciousness were deeply embedded and entangled into the fabric of the realms of Theology and Philosophy driving the great questions of Who, Why and What are We? And in turn the Priests and Shamans kept out of Science, all was happiness and light in the Gods Great Creation!
Then, in the early 20th century along came Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Max Born, Pascual Jordan, Wolfgang Pauli, Enrico Fermi, Erwin Schrodinger, Paul Dirac, Louis de Broglie and Satyendra Bose and Quantum Physics was born and entered, like a raging bull. into the fray.
(Now at this point I’d like you to feel nice and cosy about the ‘quantum’ word, it’s not what you might think!)
And what Quantum Physics did, alongside a great many other things, was give those folks of a Scientific inclination a doorway into the weird and wonderful arena of Meta-physics, the realm of Spirit and Energy, of Religions and Shamanism, the Inter-dimensional and the Supernatural blending with the Psychical, material reality, but of course it wasn’t as easy as that.
However it did allow scientific investigation to explode in all directions, and those investigations have now been going on for nearly 80 years, despite the taboos and carefully placed obstacles and hurdles . . . and it’s picking up pace . . . and then came the Internet and it all went STELLAR.
What is emerging is a radically changing view of what it is to be a Human Being, of how we work, what we are and what we’re connected to and intrinsically part of. And as this new image becomes clearer and more beguiling, people are inevitably developing new beliefs, habits and behaviours that reflect and work in harmony WITH their new understanding of their fundamental make up and how we, as the Human family, fit into our wider Environment, and this understanding will be passed on to the next generation and so A NEW PARADIGM EMERGES . . . AT INTERNET SPEED.
One of the great pieces of work to emerge and find a place within this renewed debate has been produced by Tom Campbell, a physicist of over forty years experience who has worked for some of the most prestigious corporations in the world, including NASA. However, as brilliant a physicist as Tom is, it was what he did in his spare time that has allowed for his amazing insight and the development of his epic work “My Big TOE” his THEORY of EVERYTHING. Some claim!
While still a young man, Tom had the great fortune to meet Robert Monroe, a successful American businessman. Monroe, while experimenting with sleep learning techniques, to his amazement, began to have what he came to describe as “Out of Body” experiences. After being pronounced quite sane by a number of Psychiatrists and Doctors Monroe determined to investigate this most intriguing phenomena, which by now he had learned to control, which is where Tom Campbell enters the story.
As a young post graduate Physicist Campbell agreed to assist Monroe in developing a laboratory he had built with the intention of carrying out detailed scientific investigations into out of body experiences and the nature of Consciousness, in return for his help Monroe was to teach Campbell how to develop out of body skills . . . the stage was set.
In the early 1970’s this uncommon association developed into the now world renown Monroe Institute.
Based on over forty years experience as a hands on physicist while at the same time carrying out all kinds of investigations and assignments while in an ‘OUT OF BODY’ state has led to a staggering perspective on the Universe and Consciousness and Humanities place within it.
It is a huge body of work and needs to be studied in order to get a clear understanding of its structure and implications.
As an introductory sample here is Tom Campbell in conversation with James Swagger from Disclosure Nation, himself an engineer and physicist, laying out some of the details of his background and huge experience and how this uniquely equipped him to write his Big Theory of Everything. It may also temp you to further explore his amazing body of work. Enjoy.
What makes Campbells work so compelling is that not only does it pass all the tests (to date) in relation to the Maths and the Physics, it also addresses and provides satisfying answers to all of the perennial questions relating to the Meta-physical realms of the SPIRITUAL, the MYSTICAL and the MAGICAL . . . quite a trick.
What has emerged from his unique experience is both intriguing and exhaustive. By way of another relatively brief introduction to his work the following video is well worth viewing.
“Consciousness IS Information”
For a more detailed explanation here is a recent presentation Tom gave in August 2014 at the Spokane event.
Please note that in order to gain a full understanding of what Tom is putting forward here will require a little more than listening to a few sound bites. I strongly encourage taking the time to explore Toms work in detail as it is one of the most powerful and fully detailed MODELS on how Human Beings, and the Universe we inhabit may well have EVOLVED. Highly recommended information that can be found on his extensive YouTube channel. Click here.
Here is a recent (Aug 2014) interview posted by the charming Evita Ochel in conversation with Bernardo Kastrup, a researcher, speaker, writer and entrepreneur.
He has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Bernardo has authored many scientific papers and four philosophy books, namely: ‘Rationalist Spirituality’, ‘Dreamed up Reality’, ‘Meaning in Absurdity’, and ‘Why Materialism Is Baloney’.
A further fascinating insight into the nature of Consciousness, much in line with Tom Campbell’s views.