The Physics of Encounter


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Does consciousness exist throughout the universe?

Based on scientific investigations of anomalous phenomena, this book addresses a number of related questions.

  1. Does it explain the reports of encounters with “aliens”, apparitions, disembodied minds?

  2. Does it explain the ghost-like forces that cause Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis (RSPK) = “poltergeist” events?

  3. Does it explain why experiments have shown that prayers can heal?

  4. Does is provide evidence that the mind survives the death of the body?

  5. Yes, it does.

It points the way toward an increasingly fruitful dialogue between science and religion.

It points the way toward a more firmly grounded assumption that encounters with the unknown during our lifetime are but a foretaste of our ultimate encounter with the Universal Mind.

Table of Contents

Part One - What is the physical reality of consciousness?

Chapter 1

Open questions about the laws of nature.

Chapter 2

Physics and metaphors.  “Visualizing” invisible forces. 
Waves and bubbles.  The pull of gravity and the push of waves.  Points of encounter and zero-point energy.

Chapter 3

Oscillating strings and the ingredients of consciousness. 
Intertwined realities.  “There is more to time than just a dimension.”  The initial void: creating something from nothing.

Chapter 4

Atomic nuclei and the inner light of consciousness. 
“The spark that ignited the big bang.”  Black holes, implosions and retrocausation.  Lederman’s “God Particle”.

Chapter 5

Hidden energy and morphic resonance. 

The effect of staring at someone.  The smile of the Cheshire Cat and the “extended mind”.  Converging hemispheres and the big bang.

Chapter 6

Quarrels about the scientific method. 

Spoon-bending parties and Poltergeist events.  Psychic research and the CIA. 
Did Lincoln attend spiritualistic séances?

Chapter 7

Avid believers and fanatical debunkers.  UFOs, spy satellites
and cover-ups.  Prophetic dreams.  The entanglement of the “agent”
and the “receiver”.  Clarifying relevant concepts.

Chapter 8

UFOs and consciousness fields. 

Imposing structure on random events.  Playing with a whimsical robot. 
Resonance, Near-Death-Experiences and non-local proximity.

Part Two - Anomalous events - categorized processes

Chapter 9

The powerful light of UFOs.  Photons and wave functions.  Anomalous plasma and atoms of oscillating size.  The trance during  the observation of a UFO.  Photographs of UFOs.

Chapter 10

“Materialization”.  UFOs and the phantom images created in a séance.  Mirror neurons and the jolts in a railroad car. 
The “embarrassing infinities” in a Higgs field.

Chapter 11

The structure of the atom.  Quarks and gluonic light. 
Splintering photons.  UFOs and “solid lights”. 
Echo waves and offer waves.  Atoms marching in step.

Chapter 12

Magnetism, spin, and the “handshake” between waves. 
Cold fusion and hot plasma.  Archetypes and elusive particles. 
The magnetic effects of UFOs and Poltergeist events.

Chapter 13

The invisible energy associated with life.  Can plants learn? 
Healing and the information in morphogenetic fields. 
Weight changes at the moment of death.

Chapter 14

Near-Death-Experiences and  holographic images.
Stored information in a non-functioning brain.
The out-of-body mind and the role of positronium.

Chapter 15

Motion, changing shapes, visual fields.  The stunning maneuvers
of UFOs.  Balls of light that hover near their observers. 
Séances, levitation, and the “possessed mind”.

Chapter 16

Scorched earth and cold breezes: the opposite effects
of anomalous events.  Rapping sounds and distorted voices. 
“The world is vibration”.

Chapter 17

Time warps and gravitational fields.  UFOs, “frozen sounds”, and prematurely aged plants at landing sites.  Near-Death-Experiences, iPods, and accelerating spaceships.

Chapter 18

The Universal Mind.  Encounters across the barrier of time. 
“Ancient astronauts” and the spaceships of Indra and Arjuna.  Archaeological artifacts and the future of humanity.

Part Three - Crucial issues in theoretical physics

Chapter 19

The hidden processes underlying current conceptual constructs.

  1. (a) Spheres and hemispheres. The efficient cause and the final cause of quantum events.  The wave/particle duality. The two halves of our universe and the “shadow brane”.

  2. (b) The EPR-paradox and non-local correlations. Bohm’s “hidden variable”. Opposite spin effects at two points on a VE-surface.  Collapsing superpositions.

  3. (c) String theory.  “Flop transitions”.  Sub-Planck distances and the Kaluza-Klein radius. Undetectable dimensions. Loops and one-brane configurations.

Chapter 20

The hidden processes underlying current conceptual constructs (continued).

  1. (a) Photons, time, and atomic nuclei.

  2. (b) Quantum gravity and dark matter. The absorption of photons and sub-Planck shifts in the location of point-particles.

  3. (c) Loop quantum gravity.  Wheeler’s cosmic feedback loop. Mini-loops and “bit bangs”. Angular momentum and centrifugal forces.

Chapter 21

The hidden processes underlying current conceptual constructs (continued).

  1. (a) Particle classification.  Inertial mass and gravitational mass. 
    (b) The electric charge and the effect planes of photons. 
    (c) The Lorentz invariance of moving particles.  Particle decay.

Chapter 22

Some proposals for experiments.  The CERN experiment and Lederman’s “God Particle”.  Metaphors, science, and consciousness-related influences.


Back in 1950, when I enrolled in college, such concepts as quantum vacuum fluctuations and oscillating strings were not yet in the textbooks on physics.  The quirky particles that physicists decided to call quarks had also not yet been introduced as conceptual constructs.  I recognized their pivotal role in what has become the subject matter of this book while I was working as a journalist in Germany.  After my retirement, I was able to visit the scientific conferences that helped me bring my project to fruition.  I am grateful to Prof. Hal Puthoff for the detailed description of his interpretation of quantum vacuum fluctuations and their relevance to my own approach.  Encouragement and feedback came from many members of the Society for Scientific Exploration, in particular from Prof. Robert Jahn, Prof. Henry Bauer, Prof. Garret Moddel, Prof. Hans-W. Wendt, and Dr. James Beichler.

The nitty-gritty details of how to apply the laws of physics to the study of anomalies were the subject of many lively discussions I have had in my hometown of Berlin with the physicist and parapsychologist Dr. Wilfried Kugel.  As shown in chapter six of this book, the “logical” interpretation of empirical evidence in this field is often a matter of hot scientific dispute.  I am indebted to Dr. Kugel for helping me pursue my own thoughts, independent of his conclusions, on the basis of published research, about which he provided helpful information.

I am grateful to Dr. Edward Lantz for his supportive reaction to my metaphorical images of quantum vacuum bubbles containing the qualia of consciousness.  They correspond to the principle used in his projects involving total sensory immersion in wrap-around screens.  On the subject of UFOs, I was encouraged by the support of the geophysicist Dr. Oliver Stummer.  Prof. Leo Ferrera of MUFON-CES provided me with many useful articles and sources of information while I was attending his workshops.  Reinhard Nühlen of DEGUFO was very helpful in alerting me to various conferences and possible contacts regarding UFOs and other anomalies.

Many details in this book are owed to my encounters with a broad spectrum of scientific interests.  I am grateful for the conversations with Dr. Rosemarie Pilkington about her research on séances, with Prof. William Roll about Poltergeist phenomena, and with Dr. Roger Nelson about his Global Consciousness Program.  Thoughts shared with Dr. Lawrence Fagg, Dr. Robert Brueck, and many others, have confirmed my views about the spiritual aspects of scientific research.


Will scientists be able to build computers that have “a mind”?  Does it take a brain to create consciousness?  The Physics of Encounter suggests that a mind can be regarded as a physical system that processes information and feels something while doing so.  How does physical reality produce feelings?  What are mind events?  Physicists are unable to explain the paradoxical relationship between the measurable effects of matter and the inaccessible “inner” reality of a mind that is aware of its own existence.

The Physics of Encounter proposes a geometric model for describing the unobservable processes that create the events experienced in the mind and also create the elementary physical events in space and time.  The proposed images of the interaction between mind and matter touch upon deeply personal philosophies and religious views.  This book, therefore, was written for broadly interested readers of all backgrounds.  Where I have quoted from scientific publications, I have explained the concepts that may not be familiar to everyone.  Theoretical physicists should find the book worthwhile because it suggests answers to some vexing questions within their field.

The puzzles addressed in this book involves more than the “normal” events that occur when physical reality affects the mind.  Why is it that just thinking something can influence events outside the mind?  Two radically different kinds of reality seem to be “entangled”.  What evidence is there that the mind can exist outside the brain?  Is it possible that our consciousness survives the death of our physical body?

Part One of this book describes the basic features of the Physics of Encounter.  Part Two shows that this model can shed some light on the details of “anomalous” events that the currently known laws of nature cannot explain.  Part Three shows that the proposed scenario is in accord with a broad range of conceptual constructs currently used by physicists.

For easy cross-reference, I have identified quoted arguments when they are repeated in a different context.  This applies, for example, to the argument by Jahn and Dunne (3/8) about the “generous use of conceptual metaphors”.  The numbers in parenthesis indicate that this argument was first quoted and elaborated in chapter three, reference note number eight.

The proposed model of mind/matter interaction shows that appropriate metaphors are a first step in developing a new theory.  The Physics of Encounter provides metaphorical descriptions of assumed, unobservable processes.  Needless to say, it does not claim to be a full-fledged theory.  In one important respect, however, the metaphorical model presented in this book does what a good theory should do: it proposes experiments for verifying the assumptions.  The proposed experiments are described in chapter twenty-two.

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