Quantum physicist Dr. Amit Goswami talked about the “science within consciousness,” and how the paradigm is shifting from a materialistic world view into one that incorporates spirituality and the mystic traditions. He believes the existence of God is being revealed in the signature of quantum physics. “Quantum physics says every object is a possibility, so there has to be a non-material entity that chooses the actual event from the process of these possibilities,” he explained. In quantum physics, there is also the concept of non-locality, signal-less communication outside of space & time, which is being mediated by consciousness. This relates to religious notions of God, he said.
The materialist viewpoint tends to be pessimistic, and doesn’t find value or meaning in the world, Goswami commented. “As you become a connoisseur of consciousness, you begin to see that we are more than just our material bodies. We have a vital body that we feel, and it is…the coupling of this vital energy with the physical organ– that is what gives us vitality.” When this coupling is weakened, that’s when we fall sick, he continued.
He foresees humankind evolving over the next centuries, integrating emotions and thought in a more balanced way. People will learn how to harness the energies of love, and access more of the intuitive mind, he said.
Amit Goswami, PhD, is a theoretical nuclear physicist and professor emeritus of The University of Oregon Institute for Theoretical Physics. His father was a Hindu guru in India, and in his work Dr. Goswami brings knowledge of mystical traditions together with his love for scientific exploration. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness”. As well as being a highly sought after international teacher and speaker, Dr. Goswami is the author of 11 books and numerous papers translated into 9 languages. He appeared in the popular film “What the Bleep do we know” and is the subject of a new documentary, “The Quantum Activist”.
Quantum mechanics had enormous success in explaining many of the features of our world. The individual behaviors of the subatomic particles that make up all forms of matter (electrons, protons, neutrons, photons, and others) can often only be satisfactorily described using quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics has strongly influenced string theories, candidates for a Theory of Everything (see reductionism), and the multiverse hypotheses.
Quantum mechanics is also critically important for understanding how individual atoms combine covalently to form molecules. The application of quantum mechanics to chemistry is known as quantum chemistry. Relativistic quantum mechanics can, in principle, mathematically describe most of chemistry. Quantum mechanics can also provide quantitative insight into ionic and covalent bonding processes by explicitly showing which molecules are energetically favorable to which others, and the magnitudes of the energies involved. Furthermore, most of the calculations performed in modern computational chemistry rely on quantum mechanics.
A working mechanism of a resonant tunneling diode device, based on the phenomenon of quantum tunneling through potential barriers
A great deal of modern technological inventions operate at a scale where quantum effects are significant. Examples include the laser, the transistor (and thus the microchip), the electron microscope, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The study of semiconductors led to the invention of the diode and the transistor, which are indispensable parts of modern electronics systems and devices.
Researchers are currently seeking robust methods of directly manipulating quantum states. Efforts are being made to more fully develop quantum cryptography, which will theoretically allow guaranteed secure transmission of information. A more distant goal is the development of quantum computers, which are expected to perform certain computational tasks exponentially faster than classical computers. Another active research topic is quantum teleportation, which deals with techniques to transmit quantum information over arbitrary distances.
Consciousness is the quality or state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as: subjectivity, awareness, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind. Despite the difficulty in definition, many philosophers believe that there is a broadly shared underlying intuition about what consciousness is. As Max Velmans and Susan Schneider wrote in The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness: “Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.