Science as Spirituality

by Robert Wolfe on June 24th, 2010

If it could be proven that there is an intelligence operating in the universe that is superhuman (the dictionary defines this word as “divine”), it ought to put to rest the question which heretofore has been resolved only by faith. If scientific proof could be cited, would this not affect the very behavior of the man-in-the-street? No: not if such evidence was indifferently noted and casually ignored.

But the evidence has not gone away; nor is it being ignored by those who recognize its significance.

Superhuman intelligence, by its definition, is not limited by human standards. Humans are constrained by such relative considerations as, for example, time and space; humans are not accorded such exalted descriptions as omniscient, omnipresent or omnipotent. But some scientists have long suspected that there is an intelligent hand-print on the canvas of reality which is other than—and far surpasses—the human alone.

Physicists speak of “locality” and “nonlocality”. A locus is a place: it has a particular relationship to space; and a location can change with time. Cause and effect, too, are related to time and space: a cue ball, which is here, “now” strikes a billiard ball, which is there, “then” deflecting it into a side pocket. The cue ball is said to be the cause of an effect on the billiard ball: a “local” event has transpired.

The best way in which to translate “nonlocality” is to say that events in this category are not confined to a relationship in time or space. Put another way, nonlocality is transcendent of locality, similar to the way that the omnipotent would have to be transcendent of cause-and-effect.

Physicist David Bohm, as a consequence of his quantum research, began to sense a nonlocal reality at the base of our physical universe. A development in physics had made it clear that an observer (experimenter) cannot be considered to be objectively isolated from the observed (experiment): in other words, an experiment is not unaffected by the experimenter. Indeed, physics had gone so far as to conclude, as a result of laboratory experiments, that the outcome of an experiment can depend upon the intent of the physicist's investigation. If the cause (physicist's intent) cannot be conclusively separated from the effect (experimental outcome), what are the broader implications for assumptions based on “locality”?

In 1959, David Bohm read his first book authored by the sage Krishnamurti. This initiated a series of dialogues between him and Krishnamurti (such as that published as The Ending of Time). By 1974, Bohm had (co-)authored a paper entitled “On the Intuitive Understanding of Nonlocality as Implied by Quantum Theory”.

“Parts”, said the theoretical physicist, “are seen to be in immediate connection...extending ultimately and in principle to the entire universe. Thus one is led to a new notion of unbroken wholeness which denies the classical idea of analyzability of the world into separately and independently-existent parts…”

Bohm's earlier writings along these lines inspired another physicist, John Bell, the author of Bell's Theorem. Bell initially set out to disprove the principle of nonlocality, but his mathematical conclusions actually supported Bohm's premise. However, though proof, it was merely on paper.
The mechanics of the calculations in Bell's Theorem lent themselves to laboratory experiments—most notably one in 1982 performed by physicists in Paris.

Because the description of such experiments can become so technical as to be opaque, the following will be so oversimplified that it may contain some omissive errors. However, various scientific reports of this material are available for you to verify at your local library (such as the article I will later quote).

Suppose that you simultaneously fired off, in different directions, “paired” photons. By paired, we mean that one of them, say, was negatively charged, while its twin was positively charged. Let us say that, mid-flight, the polarity of one of the photons was mechanically switched. This change should not affect the other photon, causally, since both are racing away in entirely different directions.

And, yet, the remaining photon will simultaneously react to the identity switch of its twin—by instantly reversing its own polarity.

Such a supernatural occurrence—as that demonstrated to be physical actuality just twenty-seven years ago—can have only one reasonable explanation, in terms of “locality” or normal causality: somehow the first photon communicated its change of state to the second photon.

However, in our known portion of the universe, anything which moves (or is transmissible)—within the confines of relative time and space—is limited to an upward speed. Not anything, in the natural world, can be “propagated” at faster than the speed of light, according to a fundament of physics. Therefore, any earthly message which is transmitted between subatomic particles could be communicated, over a distance, at no more than 186,000 miles per second.

Twelve years ago (May 1997), the experiment was repeated, this time outside of a laboratory. Given the minuscule size of a subatomic particle, any interactions over a mile or so apart are akin to “universal” distances. The experiment was conducted by a physics team at the University of Geneva, who effected the phenomenon at a distance of approximately seven miles.

"Measurements at the two sites”, says the Encyclopedia Britannica Online (Year in Review: 1997), “showed that each photon ‘knew’ its partner's state in less time than a signal traveling at light speed could have conveyed the information—a vindication of the [nonlocality] theory of quantum mechanics (but a problem, for some, for theories of causation).”

Without speculating about an omnipresent field of omniscience that is transcendent of cause-and-effect, it can at least be said that it has been proven to be a fact of life that an unearthly intelligence is present in our physical sphere.

How many people do you know (you, of course, excepted) who are aware of this scientific—not “merely” spiritual—truth? By its very nature, such information will be sequestered to the science page of the Daily Times: the copy editor is saving the 34-point red italics for the Second Coming of Christ.

There is another reason—aside from its obscuration in technical jargon—that the man-in-the-street will not be aware of paranormal discoveries (this, and more yet to come). Such powerful information is co-opted by the military. As I write this, physicists in government research facilities, of the major powers, are siphoning this research into a system for the transmission of codes (negative and positive photons can represent the zeros and ones of binary encoding, and changes in their polarity can signal a message).

But there is an even more critical reason why such information will be overlooked or dismissed, even though it can no longer be categorized as mere conjecture. If there is indeed a supernatural force or intelligence, it is not unreasonable to suppose that it forms “an immediate connection” between every particle (and antiparticle) throughout the realm of space and time, “nonlocally”: “extending”, as Bohm put it, “ultimately and in principle to the entire universe”. It would connect the observer (me) and the observed (you) in an “unbroken wholeness which denies the classical idea…of…separately and independently-existent parts”.

Do we live that way, with a recognition and acknowledgement—unequivocally—that this is the actual, physical condition of our biosphere ? Or do we ignore this truth, even when it is proven?

Posted in Living Nonduality, Science and Spirituality, Monograph, Nondual Teachers, Books    Tagged with David Bohm, Quantum Physics, nonlocality


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