by William Hamilton III
With the release of the motion picture
What the Bleep do We Know? a new scientific paradigm has caught the
attention of the public. Now
a book is coming out by the same name.
This has reversed the usual sequence of development in which a movie
is usually based on some book. Now we will have a book based on a
movie. The movie and the book are designed to stimulate an
individual to re-think the nature of their daily reality.
” With the help of fourteen leading
quantum physicists, scientist and spiritual thinkers, this book
guide readers on a course from the scientific to the spiritual,
and from the universal to the deeply personal. Along the way, it
asks such questions as:
· Are we seeing the world as it
· What are thoughts made of?
· What is the relationship between our thoughts and our
· Are we biologically addicted to certain emotions?
· How can I create my day every day?
The answer to the last question is a
resounding yes: you are an infinite set of possibilities, and
you can choose every day which reality you want to create for
yourself. This book shows you how.”
From my own experience and studies I can
say that the world as we see it, our perception of the world, is
rooted in our beliefs and the impressions made upon us by sensory
stimuli, but does not tell us the truth about the nature of reality
and that is a question that is important when we have two
dichotomies in the metaphysics of common people. To the university
trained scientist who has been steeped in the philosophy of
naturalism, there are only material causes and the universe is a
mechanical entity that has material causes and effects to be
verified by senses or artificial sensing, measurements, and
observations made under strictly controlled conditions.
On the other hand is the seminary
trained minister who has been taught that God made the universe and
God is spirit who created the universe as a thought with a plan for
both the universe and humankind. The minister teaches us that there
is hope through belief in an afterlife and the scientists say there
is only hope through technology and life extension. Neither
point-of-view is represented by the motion picture. We have;
instead, an idea born of the synthesis of discoveries is quantum
physics, consciousness, and a westernized version of eastern
philosophy such as we find in Asia, and especially India and Tibet.
A few scientists have investigated claims of extra-sensory
perception (ESP) and psychokinesis (PK) and more recently those extraordinary
practices known as
remote viewing and remote influencing. The
thousands of hours spent in laboratories by Dr. J.B. Rhine and
others have still failed to convince the broader scientific
community of the reality of ESP, much less a reality that transcends
We have also seen a greater interest in near-death and out-of-body
experiences. These NDEs seem to verify the existence of a spiritual
component in humans that survives the death and disintegration of
the body, a conclusion so anathema to the naturalist that he or she
will go to any length to find an alternative explanation for such
reports even if it seems to stretch known facts.
I had an early interest in ESP when as a teenager I haunted the
public library in Alhambra, California and searched for any book on
the subject that I could find on the shelves. As with other readers,
reading one book led to an interest in another book or related
topic. As I navigated my way through puberty I started having
extraordinary experiences of my own. I saw beautiful lights that
would appear and drift across the room. These always seem to have
the purest colors. I saw one of these that looked like an iridescent
bubble drift right by my Aunt who was seated in a chair watching
television and took no notice of it. Were some people blind to these
lights? I wondered and thought about it.
I started to see colorful emanations
around the shoulders of family and friends. I then read everything I
could find about the human aura. Later, I started to receive
telepathic messages and wrote in strange script. Then I apparently
made contact with UFOs that flew by my aunt’s house where I lived as
a boy. All of this lasted through my high school years and started
to fade as I matriculated at a local university to study psychology
rather than the engineering I was fond of in order to become a
Joining the Foundation for Research in Parapsychology in 1960, I had
the opportunity of flying with my new friend John McCoy to an ESP
lab in Carmel, California run by a Dr. Andrija Puharich, the founder
of the FRP. I was impressed with Puharich and his lab. He had a
large Faraday cage that you could sit inside of and test for ESP and PK effects. There was a beat oscillator hanging from the ceiling
inside the cage. He said that a Kahuna from Hawaii was tested inside
the cage which minimized electromagnetic transmissions from being
transmitted or received once a high voltage was applied to the walls
of the cage. He said that the Kahuna could “turn on” the beat
oscillator, change its frequency up and down the spectrum, and turn
it off all by the power of “intention”. It seemed incredible. If I
could do this I should be able to change channels on my television
set with the power of mind alone.
One apparatus that fascinated me and Purharich used in conjunction
with scientifically testing psychic Peter Hurkos was another
oscillator, a variable frequency oscillator that could be controlled
by any operator as the operator donned taped-over goggles and stared
into a strobing light that changed in frequency set by the controls
on the oscillator. I sat down and proceeded according to
instructions and as I raised the strobes frequency geometric figures
and colors started to appear within the field of vision. These
changed with increasing stroboscopic frequency and were entrancing.
According to Puharich, Hurkos would stare into the strobe and eject
from his body and soar above the Carmel Valley reporting back what
he could see from a bird’s eye view. Then Purharich would compare
descriptions of known targets with Peter’s report. According to him,
Hurkos always seemed to be able to see accurately from his OOB
Despite under funding and lack of support new investigations are
proving we can influence physical states of reality with human
intention. Is this magic? Such statements do not set well with those
who have staunchly maintained their philosophical indoctrination of
scientific naturalism and emotional reactions to such scientific
results is quick to come.
Dr. William Tiller is a pioneer in the field of psychoenergetics, a
field that I would consider a subset of psychophysics. Tiller has
performed some amazing experiments that will only be alluded to here
in this short essay so I would encourage the reader to read his
books even though some of his books have heavy mathematical
treatment. I consider he is a leader in creating a new scientific
paradigm, one that actually embraces body, mind, and spirit as the
greater reality and the psychoenergetic interactions of
consciousness with matter.
Quoting Tiller from his paper on
Conscious Acts of Creation:
“Today, we once again have abundant
experimental evidence concerning nature’s expression that is
being “swept under the rug” by the scientific establishment
because it doesn’t fit into the current prevailing paradigm.
This concerns the issue of whether or not human qualities of
spirit, mind, emotion, consciousness,
intention, etc., can
significantly influence the materials and processes of physical
reality. The current physics paradigm would say “no” and indeed
there is no place in the mathematical formalism of the paradigm
where any human qualities might enter. However, the database
that supports an unqualified “yes” response is very substantial
[1-10]. This article is dedicated to illustrating to this
readership both why, from a scientific perspective, the “yes”
response is the correct one and, briefly, what some of its
implications are for philosophy, religion and technology.
In concluding, I would like to enumerate
some of the postulates I have devised after 40 years of thought on
the subject. I call this line of thought Cybernoetics but it is
mainly a non-naturalistic philosophy rooted in non-material ideas.
Premise: Mind, life, and the
universe can be modeled synthesizing concepts from cybernetics,
information theory, systems theory, elements of eastern and
western philosophies and sciences.
Postulate Alpha: The primary source of existence is an
undifferentiated, unviewable, and unconditioned being of no
dimension. This source will be designated Alpha.
Postulate Beta: Alpha creates and uncreates existences by
intention and imagination. Existences are characterized by
quantum states of binary information occurring in pairs of
opposites. Existences are also characterized by dimensionality.
That which cannot be measured exists in virtual states of
Postulate Gamma: Alpha and Beta continually interact.
This interaction gives us time, space, and energy. This
interaction is in terms of communication and control.
Postulate Delta: Alpha assumes beingness in a virtually
infinite number of entities that retain the basic qualities and
capacities of Alpha, which are three in number:
Awareness, Intentionality, and
Intelligence. An entity will be designated as a Psichon.
Postulate Epsilon: Life is an
interaction involving creation, control, information,
organization, and exchange of energy through time and space
between Psichons and Psichons and the physical universe.
Postulate Zeta: Life can exist in free states or bound
states. Life is impelled toward free states of maximum power,
intelligence, understanding, knowledge, and joy and is repelled
from bound states of stupidity, unawareness, non-comprehension,
ignorance, and depression.
Awareness is a basic state of being. It
manifests itself as perception. Perception can occur with attention
to feedback and modifies states of awareness.
Intentionality manifests itself in communication and control and can
effect cycles of creation, change, and uncreation.
Intelligence manifests itself as computational processing of
information in terms of perception and feedback and decisions that
modify actions and conditions of action.
Actions are in terms of self-initiated actions, self-control, or
reaction to feedback.
2. Conscious Acts of Creation:
The Emergence of A New Physics by William A. Tiller,
Professor Emeritus, Stanford University