Monday, March 5, 2012

Quantum Activist

Just saw a wonderful documentary about Amit Goswami called Quantum Activist. It is a biography about a quantum physicist who came to a spiritual crisis in his life and not only found God but proved it. He was raised in a very spiritual family where prayers and offerings to the creator were made everyday. Like many of us when reaching a certain age of independence he rejected his upbringing and began the process of becoming his own man. He pursued mathematics, science and ultimately the highest order of all these pursuits, quantum physics. Quantum physics is the study of the universe at the sub atomic level and conducting experiments within this realm. What physicists have found is that within this universe the rules of reality, the laws of physics that we all accept no longer apply. A particle can appear in two places at the same time, an object can revolve in two different directions, or disappear in one location and reappear in another, and on and on. It is said that for some scientists the results of their experiments were such an affront to everything they believed, they would be driven mad. I certainly can't explain well enough to anyone what this is all about, only that in the years since I have learned about it's existence and what these physicists discovered I have found it fascinating and in many ways comforting. I found it comforting to know that science operating at the highest level in the entire history of mankind was becoming more and more lost, confused and closer to the realization that there was much in this world that we would never understand. In fact in an earlier blog, I had wondered why the study of quantum physics was not informed by spirituality.
Which last night led me to discovering this documentary "The Quantum Activist". In the film, Dr. Goswami details how he had reached a certain degree of academic success within his field and he was being invited to speak at various conferences. At one particular conference he couldn't shake the notion that he was overcome with jealousy, "why was this speaker so popular, why are so many attending his presentation," and so on. At the end of the day he was shaken and as he stared up at the sky another thought had come into his mind and it wouldn't leave, the words returned in a loop over and over again. "Why am I the way I am? Why am I the way I am?" He knew that he was experiencing a spiritual crisis. It was from this moment that he realized that his work should be dedicated towards using quantum physics to prove the existence of God.
There are a number of other significant moments where Dr. Goswami is directed by coincidence and dreams to further his work which he conducts within the strict limits of science and quantum mechanics.
Here is what he has to say regarding the existence of God.

"You can call it God if you want, but you don’t have to. Quantum consciousness will do. Nonlocality, tangled hierarchy, and discontinuity: these signatures of quantum consciousness have been independently verified by leading researchers worldwide. This experimental data and its conclusions inform us that it is the mistaken materialist view that is at the center of most of our worlds problems today. To address these problems, we now have a science of spirituality that is fully verifiable and objective."

And from this study he has created the movement of Quantum Activism which is asking more from us than to simply understand that science proves the existence of God.

"So let’s walk our talk, and make brain circuits of positive emotions. We just do it. We practice. Let some of us be good, do good. Be with God some of the time, be in the ego some of the time, and let the dance generate creative acts of transformation. With this resolution, with this objective in mind, I invite you to become Quantum Activists."

I was reminded of a quote from the book "Touch the Earth" which is filled with quotes from Native American Chiefs and Spiritual Leaders. A quote for Okute of the Teton Sioux describes the traditional Native American philosophy of life and the universe that to me describes ideas that are just beginning to be understood by quantum physics. In 1911, Okute stated.

All living creatures and all plants derive their life from the sun. If it were not for the sun there would be darkness and nothing could grow - the earth would be without light. Yet the sun must have the help of the earth if the sun alone were to act upon animals and plants, the heat would be so great that they would die, but there are clouds to bring rain and the action of the sun and earth together supply the moisture that is needed for life.

A relationship between the sun and the earth for the mutual benefit of life upon the earth is a level of understanding of the universe that is still rejected by science and most rational thinkers. What scientists such as Dr. Goswami are beginning to prove is that our people have always known much of what should be known.