I am a technical translator. I was born with the gift of being able to visualise complex ideas and technical information, then to distil and present that data so that it is understandable and of use to other human beings. That is why I am a teacher. I am also fortunately an artist as well as a scientist and I am therefore able to use both parts of my brain, the creative and the logical, to work together in concert. The result is this book and previously the ground breaking discovery that memory survives mortality, as demonstrated in my first book, Rebel Spirit; Evidence for the continuity of consciousness.
We live in a Universe of increasing complexity and are now at last breaking down the artificially erected barriers between Religion and Science, as we discover who and what we really are. This will inexorably lead to humanities ultimate achievement, a Theory of Everything. A simple elegant mathematical equation that will describe everything from the largest Galaxy cluster to the smallest Quark in our beautiful mysterious Universe. By combining the very latest ideas in Physics with the Mathematics of the very ancient past, a fusion philosophy of lost, forgotten and hidden knowledge is married to the testable and experimentally repeatable. I therefore give to you my fellow time traveller, Forbidden Science; A beginners guide to understanding everything.
I chose the path of science as it offered a way of explaining how things worked? I have always wanted to know how things worked, right from day one of this physical life. But, how do we do this? This book will be an attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable in that we are going to try to examine certain aspects of several groups of anomalous phenomena and to put them into a rational framework that complies with science. For too long we have laboured under a very limited political view of what science is. Science simply put is the pursuit of truth. It is a method, not a subject. We should strive to push back the frontiers of knowledge and to enable us to have a better understanding of just who we are and where we live and our position within the universe. But for reasons of control that has not always been the case.
This has been quite a voyage of discovery. It started for me as a very young lad of 11 and has continued ever since. For the last 25 years I have been teaching science and presenting it to my students, many of who have decided to take it up as a career. It is always very gratifying to know that in some small way we help one another on our way through this life. It is very important to understand that the cycle of teaching and learning is a continuous one. It is a circular, not a linear process. I have learnt more from my students than they have probably learnt from me individually. Every day I learn something new and that is a process of life; it never stops.
Many people have asked me during my talks and lectures to put all this down so that they could read it and understand it, so this is what I have attempted to do in this volume.
Science is a method; it is not actually a subject. It is actually something we do. We make observations. We then formulate experiments to see if our observations are correct. From the experiments we start to get some understanding of just how the phenomena we were initially observing operate.
There is a cause and effect law in operation for most things that we observe. We inhabit a physical universe that appears to us to have a duality in nature and therefore there is always an up and there is always a down; there is always a left, there is always a right; black and white, male and female, inside and outside. This is the physical universe we observe and describe. Once we have formulated our experiments and we have started to gain some insight we try to formulate a law. The law is testable. "You canny break the laws of physics, Jim?" This resonates as one of the famous phrases used by Scottie, Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise.
The natural laws of the universe are summed up in what we call physics - the study of the physical universe. As a pupil I spent several years writing the word physics on my exercise books and yet never understanding what the word physics really meant! It was just something I did, it was called physics. Gradually I evolved an understanding that it was to do with the laws of the natural universe. It was mathematical. This tends to turn a lot of people who are non mathematicians off, but really it is quite simple once you get the hang of it. I had to struggle, so therefore, I am perhaps able to explain it better than other people. I hated physics at school. It is ironic that I ended up teaching physics and subsequently gaining a Ph.D. in physics!
Another traditional subject of science is chemistry. For me chemistry is the study of bangs and smells. It comes variously from the Arabic al-kimia, combined with Greek - chyma -fluid. Also interestingly the word gibberish came from the complicated formulas written down by an early Arab scientist.
It is very important to remember that we are all scientists and that even when we make a cup of tea we have formulated a method for producing that cup of tea. Once we have formulated our laws of physics, they are testable. That is, they are infinitely repeatable and repetition is an important part of science, because we are looking at something that we can always be tested - it then has that elusive quality that we can call - real.
Yet, the laws of physics are only as good as the next time that we put them to the test. For example, if I drop a piece of paper on the floor I observe that the piece of paper always falls downwards and hits the ground. I repeat the experiment and I gather and formulate an idea that there is some force always in action. This force, as Sir Isaac Newton termed, is called gravity and Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravitation. It is always repeatable. Every time I do the experiment I make a prediction that the piece of paper will fall down and then I do the experiment and, lo and behold, it should work.
If for some reason one day the piece of paper floated up to the ceiling then I would have to revise my laws of gravity. Just because something is a law and is in operation does not mean that it will always be a law. This is a dynamic universe and subject to forces and uncertainties. Although these operate at a very small quantum level we see a stable world at the large level, so to us everything looks very real and solid.
Chemistry is an attempt to identify the building blocks of our atomic reality: made up of the chemical elements that build everything around us. Surprisingly we found that it was fairly simple and after a process of only 2,000 years we formulated and have gathered that there are approximately 117 elements which we can label and dissect under the microscope. We further predict that there will be a total of 144 when all are accounted for in the known physical universe. These are our Lego blocks for the building of the physical universe.
The third science, traditionally, is biology. Biology is the study of life - bio - Greek for life and - ology is Greek for â€˜the study ofâ€™.
Life bucks the trend. Life doesnâ€™t always obey the laws of physics. In fact, some physicists say that life shouldnâ€™t exist at all and that we therefore should not be, because it is the natural law of the universe that everything should fall into chaos and disrepair. This is called entropy. A hot cup of tea becomes cold and therefore life should become death, yet we see every day the miracle of life growing from a seed against the flow. This is one of the reasons I took up biology, although at a later stage when I studied at A' Level, as it bucks the trend and being a rebel I like things that donâ€™t obey the system. Traditionally chemistry and physics have always gone neatly together and biology has been regarded separately. Mainly for the reason that the true explanation for the mechanism of life up to now has been elusive or dare I say enters into the realms of spirit and the domain of religion!
However, I learnt that this wasnâ€™t all there was. Many such subjects are now regarded as sciences, but Forbidden Science is a description of what I came to realise was all the anomalous phenomena that were never discussed in the open. The house of cards that is science, with its attendant subjects, has been built as a pillar of understanding. Anything, which shakes that pillar, is shot at immediately and its destruction attempted. Very much as medieval heretics were burnt at the stake, many orthodox scientists will attempt to burn the new kid on the block at the stake for having a revolutionary idea.
Professor Jacques Benveniste, M.D., is a good example:http://www.ravenecho.com/static/133/4eccdf2506bc7b023e4342dbd6a895c8.jpg
A Homeopathy Theory: The Memory of Water
While studying allergies in 1984, Jacques Benveniste, M.D., research director at the French National institute for Medical Research, observed that when highly diluted solutions, or homeopathic remedies, were administered to allergy systems, the systems reacted as if molecules from the active ingredients were, in fact, still present; in other words, it appeared as if water retained some trace of the active molecules. This controversial theory has since become known as "the memory of water."
Source: Nature, 1988, vol. 333.
He was an esteemed scientist in France, with his own laboratories and funding, and he dared simply to say that memory might be a factor in water systems. His idea that water could contain a memory caught the popular imagination. This was based on his work with diluting various substances until there were hardly any, or no, traces of the substance originally left. Yet when injected into people they responded as though the chemical was still there. All he suggested was that it might be a good idea to investigate this further and immediately he was censored, his funding withdrawn, and lost his credibility. Yet he was a true scientist, a person questing for the truth, and no matter how uncomfortable that truth is, or how many sacred cows have to be slaughtered, we should always pursue the truth. Unfortunately, with peer review and constant pressure from the people in authority, whoever they may be, funding can be withdrawn, people can lose their jobs, and therefore their livelihood and their mortgage. This makes for a very rigid system, the very system that should be pursuing truth is self-limiting - almost to the point of blindness.
Forbidden Science is therefore an attempt to review the progress made in the understanding of some interesting subjects, such as consciousness, within the framework of the physical laws of the Universe. There is no point in looking for new ideas in old stuff. If we review all of our old favourite experiments and all of our old knowledge, we become like a child playing on the floor with the toys we know and love, but we very rarely learn something new. We must have a new toy to play with to learn new information. We do this by looking at anomalous phenomena rather than ignoring and hiding their reality. We should be embracing all anomalous phenomena and looking for new processes, new mechanisms and new techniques that we can learn from. Fortunately we now live in a Universe, which has much better instrumentation; we have video cameras to record unusual events, which can then be replayed and witnessed by the majority. This is an important step forward. In the past, if a person saw something unusual, they would not have been able to have â€˜provenâ€™ to their peers that they had actually seen it. As it wasnâ€™t demonstrable and repeatable they were very often ridiculed and therefore they learnt to be quiet and not to draw attention to themselves - again, a self-limiting process. We are only as good as our instruments and these have improved beyond measure over the past several decades.
It is important for us to address the big questions in science and not to hide from the big issues that have scared us up until now. We now stand on a mountain of detailed information that we have collected over the last 400 years of discovery, but we still have very few answers on the big issues. Always the question "why?" is at the bottom of the heap. We as scientists can tell humanity what, how, where and when to most physical phenomena. And we can measure these to some degree, but we cannot tell humanity why.
Therefore consciousness, the individual and collective will, the power behind the phrase I am, the id, and various other labels for this phenomena, has so far escaped detailed analysis in terms of its physical mechanism, despite being researched to the point of exhaustion in other fields such as Psychology. But we must as physicists attempt to explain everything or nothing: we cannot just choose the bits that we want to explain and leave the rest. Humanity now stand at a crossroads of opportunity, when as we approach 2012 and are now living in the 21st century we can tackle this previously overwhelming and taboo question. In the past religion attempted to explain consciousness, in terms based purely on faith, which to the trained scientific mind is illogical. They have failed therefore to come up with a definitive answer. Science should now attempt to address this vacuum and therefore we are now living with a new concept of how the universe works and how we can build an understanding of consciousness. I have previously described the whole concept in one simple phrase to sum up this new understanding:
â€˜The universe is simply a product of the interactive, harmonic resonance of complex wave forms created, ordered and sustained by consciousness.â€™http://www.ravenecho.com/static/133/ec5a1646ba1ff52112c4c459a6eed19e.jpg
The basic picture of the atom that many of us grew up with-- that of little electrons orbiting the nucleus like so many planets orbiting the sun --turns out to be a little misleading. Reality is somewhat more complicated: a matter of wave functions, spherical harmonics, and ultimately probability clouds.
The chart above shows the appearance of a single hydrogen atom in a few of its lowest excited states. In each of those states, the electron is found in a different orbital, some of which have unfamiliar shapes. But even the term "shape" is a little funny for something that you can't hold in your hand. These are actually probability density plots, which show the likelihood of observing the electron in any one position at a given time-- and more correctly, 2D projections of 3D probability densities.
If we can truly find an elegant solution for the universe in a Theory of Everything then it must be something as simple as a design that we can wear on a T-shirt. Einstein's famous E = MC2 comes very near to this, as does several other of his equally elegant formulae describing relativity.
I intend to make this book fun, it should be more like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy rather than A Brief History of Time. Both books are extremely good at what they set out to do. Stephen Hawking opens up and surpasses common barriers in the mind to help people understand the universe we live in. However, many people find it extremely difficult to read. His new book The Universe in a Nutshell with its wonderful graphic illustrations, is a much braver attempt to get across some of these complex ideas that he and his colleagues in cosmology have. Being that they operate through complex and advanced mathematics, their work is very often excluded to the rest of the people on the planet. However, true masters of their subject, such as Stephen Hawking is and Einstein was before him, are able to make complex ideas simple and therefore understandable to the majority. And in the end, they should be, for an elegant universe should be understandable by everybody. The late Douglas Adams in his monumental work sets out successfully to highlight the absurdity of existence based on his understanding of complex scientific concepts such as quantum probability. It is a contemporary classic of modern times in its genre and as such a must read.
In order to reach the widest possible popular audience my book has been deliberately designed to be user friendly and through the use of art much more Hitchhikers Guide in tone than the Universe in a Nutshell. Although I will attempt at every turn to explain the correct science that goes with the data surrounding the anomalous phenomena discussed. Therefore this is not just a whimsical book, it is not just fiction, it is a real attempt to rationalise all forms of anomalous phenomena with hard science, repeatable, demonstrable, and ultimately truthful statements.
This book also takes as its central theme the inspiring works and mathematical theory of Ron Pearson who has laboured unceasingly since retiring from a lifetime of achievement in the engineering field and is now addressing successfully the inconsistencies that exist within the Standard model presented in cosmology. For here is a keen intellect from another scientific field who is presenting a fresh perspective on the evidence so far accumulated by humanity in this most profound subject. Uncluttered by the traditional mindset engendered in the discipline of cosmology, Ron has formulated a most elegant and testable complete Theory of Everything rivalling Relativity in its accuracy of prediction and magnitude. Crucially it is also finally able to unite with that other giant pillar of modern physics Quantum mechanics thereby solving the longest standing dilemma facing science in the past twentieth century. It is my great pleasure therefore to champion this work published originally as Intelligence behind the Universe and to enable it to reach a wider audience through a simple narrative interpretation of Ron's complex mathematics combined with the powerful visual imagery of art.
Every human being is looking for answers. We all of us build a conceptual model of the universe in our mind, whether we do this consciously or unconsciously it is up to the individual. Everybody is different, everybodyâ€™s model is different to everybody elseâ€™s and that is how it should be. We should celebrate being individual. One can live oneâ€™s whole life as an artist without knowing how paint is made or how canvass is produced. One can simply use the materials to express inner emotions and oneâ€™s own conscious identity. In that way we are actually shaping the world around us. We are part of that consciousness which takes materials and shapes things. I look out now on the reality of our world and it is very different from a human being 25,000 years ago looking at the world then: for we have shaped through technology the world that we now inhabit. Our consciousness has moulded the physical matter around us to give us the landscape of today. It is one in which we live, but as you will discover, it is very illusory. It is in fact all an illusion; for we have created an artificial environment from the matrix of atomic matter that surrounds us and is us, in which to live. This has become in some ways a prison for the mind, because we cannot break out and explore the universe without first breaking through the prison walls of matter that we have constructed around us.
We are now about to do this. It is my belief that within the next few years, leading up to 2012 if you like, as a jumping-off point, that we will undergo a revolution of consciousness. This book, therefore, will help the reader formulate his or her own new view of the universe. It may throw some light into dark corners and help to explain the technical processes behind our everyday experience. Many of us are now exploring the use of our minds to greater effect and exploring our own personal consciousness. In my first book Rebel Spirit, I described a documentary journey of discovery that had occurred within myself, enabling me to unlock the past life subconscious memories that had shaped my own path in this life. I felt compelled to relate this story to other people so that it would help them in their own journeys of self discovery and gratifyingly this has been the case. Now it is time to explain precisely how that continuation of consciousness between physical lives is able to take place according to the new physics and this will be the underlying all prevailing topic that I will pursue in this book. If the reader is truly able to understand this then all else follows and this humble book will have completed its allotted task.
I further intend to examine holistically many other various anomalous phenomena, from crop circles to UFO's in this single volume and to explain my understanding of the science of these phenomena for the benefit of my fellow compatriots journeying with me through the universal atomic matrix of physical reality. I therefore hope that this book will bring as much enjoyment and illumination to you the reader, as the journey of discovery in finding this information has brought to me.
Ian C Baillie
January 13, 2004
Hythe, Kent, UK
Updated March 19, 2012