Our Blue Marble

Our Blue Marble

An Attempt to Explain Human Thought & Feelings with Physics


            Science studies the physical world, whereas the arts and religion reflect the worlds of the imaginative mind.  This has given science the freedom to study the physical world without distraction.  In so doing it excludes vast areas of subjective human life, which are denigrated and sidelined.  It is generally assumed the subjective world cannot be studied scientifically because it is not governed by the physical laws of matter.  My proposition is that non physical experience does indeed have a sound basis in physical fact, and suggest that discoveries in particle physics provide a physical framework for emotion and thought.  These are realms are made of more tenuous matter, not perceptible to the five senses, but having laws that may be understood.
            Those studying particle physics use a framework called the Standard Model.  It is a way of organising the particles, sometimes called the particle zoo.  It shows that matter exists in three  'generations' or 'families'.  The first generation makes up our normal physical world, whereas the second and third generations of matter are invisible to the basic human senses. They consist of much more massive (energetic) particles which interact little with the normal 'physical' world.   They have been created in particle accelerators and observed by special detectors so they can be understood.  They are generally thought to have been present at the dawn of the universe, but now exist only in special circumstances.  This has neither been proved nor disproved, and in this paper it is refuted.  They are still around us.
Table showing the elementary particles in the three generations of matter.

Matter of Þ                1st generation                       2nd generation                       3rd generation
Particle ß                                                                                                                                    ,

LEPTONS                  electron O.5llM           muon lO5.7MeV                     tauon l.784GeV
Use the Weak force    electron-neutrino         muon-neutrino                         tau-neutrino                                         <50ev any="" if="" span="" style="mso-tab-count: 2;">                        0.2MeV                                   <70mev or="" span="" style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> 

QUARKS                   up         5MeV             strange 200MeV                     bottom 4.7GeV
Strong force                down   10MeV            charm   l.5GeV                        top     >l76GeV
carried by Gluons                                                                                                                        

MESONS                    pions 140MeV                        kaons &  J/PSI                                    upsilon
Have a quark                                                   495MeV. 3.1GeV                   9.46GeV
and anti-quark pair                                                                                                                     ,

BARYONS                proton 938.3M           lambda 1.115G                        omega-minus
Have three                              
quarks each                 neutron 939.6M          sigma l.l9G ,
The numbers state the mass/energy at rest of the particles in Mega-electron Volts.
1GeV (Giga-electron Volt) is 1000MeV

            There are many areas in which the connection between the three worlds of human life defies traditional logic, but can be explained by a new logic based on this new science of threefold matter.
            My proposition is that the 2nd and 3rd generations of matter must make molecules as the 1st does.  That these molecules are what feelings (emotions) and thoughts are constructed from.

            Some of these particles are found in cosmic rays.  The Earth is constantly bombarded by cosmic rays, which are high energy particles from space. They occasionally hit an ordinary atomic nucleus, and break down producing a cascade of less massive particles including photons (Cherenkov radiation) which can be detected.  Observations have been made of these isolated particles that decay very quickly.
            Current methods of particle research cannot show whether high actual forms made of energy particles exist.  Most physicists assume the rapid decay of the high energy particles means there cannot be structures made of them. (Lambda, for instance has a lifetime of only 10-10 seconds, see Table.)  It is also assumed that they only exist when made by particle accelerators and when the universe began.  However, the long-lived neutron, which exists stably for aeons within a diamond, decays after about fourteen minutes and 49 seconds in isolation.  This means that if high energy particles are bound up with others, into molecules and forms, then they would become more stable, as the neutron does.  They would be less stable than the first generation of matter.  The short life of the high energy particles would be reflected in a reduced stability of any 'object' or forms they constitute.  The forms are thoughtforms and emotional matter.  It seems likely that the elusive matter of the second and third generations has a higher vibrational rate and takes up more space than ordinary.  Such forms are seen or felt by clairvoyants, in the human aura, and are the 'physical' forms of the emotional and mental states.
            It is strange to think of feelings as things with a form and structure, but our every day experience bears it out.  The emotions of another person can be felt without touching them but merely by empathising with them. We are all familiar with people's emotions affecting the 'atmosphere' of a room.  It is not an uncommon experience to be aware of the distress of someone emotionally close that we have no immediate physical connection with.  Mothers may  feel the fear of their child in another room and run to the rescue, without knowing why.  She responds to a powerful emotional impact not affected by rational thought.  Emotional interactions between people are commonplace, and more than body language is involved.  Generally sensing the feelings of others happens without our conscious will.  Occasionally we may feel the emotion of a dear friend at a great distance at the same time as they feel it.  As well as feeling the emotion of someone in our proximity, it may also travel a great distance and be felt almost simultaneously.  Communication with pets is a common experience which Rupert Sheldrake has expanded upon in his book 'Seven Experiments that Could Change the World'.3   Emotion can have many of the characteristics of a measurable, physical interaction.
            Thoughts made of the third generation of matter transcend distance, and possibly time as well unless they are emotionally loaded.  Emotional loading is obvious in the (physical) teaching situation: if we are emotionally engaged in what we are learning it is more likely to stick in the mind. A good teacher puts across facts along with her own involvement; or a strong liking for the teacher makes it easier to absorb information from her.  We are rarely aware of the disembodied thoughts of others affecting us.  If thought matter consists of third generation matter then it is usually fleeting unless it is formulated with care and purposeful intention, or emotional drive, then it gets 'fixed' by the memory.  For a thought (from elsewhere) to be registered in the physical brain its energy has to be stepped down through the emotional to the physical level without corrupting its essence.  To receive another's thought requires a special sort of open-minded receptivity.  It has been shown to be possible in the 'Ganzfeld'[1] environment.
            Experiments carried out at New Jersey and reproduced successfully at Edinburgh University have shown that visual images (especially moving ones) may be transmitted from one mind to another.  The receiver relaxes and listens to 'white noise' and sees only white light.  In this state they can usually get a definite image (though usually somewhat corrupted) from a sender who is concentrating hard on a picture.  Physical barriers do not affect the quality of transmission, and immense distances have been covered.  Whether this contact is via thought or includes emotional information is not clear.  Further research into the telepathic transmission of images is going on at Cornel, North Carolina and Utrecht as well as at Edinburgh.4   The hypnagogic state (of being nearly asleep) is naturally conducive to thought reception.  Dreams can sometimes be shared, or at least overlap between two dreamers, and ideas have been known to come to people in dreams from unknown sources.
            It would be interesting to find out what if any time lag is involved in the communication of feelings and of thoughts, and if the emotional and mental worlds are affected by gravity at all.  The accuracy of projection of feelings and thoughts could be examined as well.  Research into the interaction between the three can provide a deeper and clearer understanding of threefold matter.  Traditional science will continue to investigate the first generation, and the blurry edges of the old science will fit into the new paradigm where a transition to another level of matter is affecting it.
            'Micro-telekinesis' has been demonstrated by Robert Jahn among others.  Subjects are consistently able to influence electronic random number generators, and falling balls. The person influencing the events can be any distance away and still alter the events.  Such influence has even been show to work back through time5.   Random numbers generated by radioactive decay were not observed for several months, then as the previously generated, but unseen numbers were examined, they were also biased by the observers.  Henry Stapp of the University of California has produced a modification of the standard quantum theory equations by introducing non-linearity that can be interpreted to explain this effect.  Non-linearity is like the paradox of Shroedinger's Cat, in which the cat in box can be poisoned by a trigger of radioactive decay.  Until the box is opened, and the state of the cat observed, it exists in a superposition of states, i.e., both alive and dead, which is hard to imagine. 
The human mind works at the quantum level by an interaction between consciousness and physical reality at the initiating.  This is implied by telekinesis experiments.  The connection between the macroscopic world and the quantum level is now under close scrutiny.  In the 1970s it was found that cells contain a cytoskeleton of protein rods, called microtubules.6   Those in the brain are a likely site for the physical transition between the quantum and macro worlds, though the exact mechanism is hotly debated.  A conference at the University of Arizona in April 1994, on Consciousness explored this idea.  Stuart Hammeroff of Arizona promoted it initially as an explanation for learning that has been demonstrated in the brainless paramecium.  It implies that all cells, not exclusively brain cells, have a certain level of consciousness, an idea restricted in the past to mystics.  Roger Penrose has explored the idea of microtubules as the place for quantum influnce in his book 'The Shadows of the Mind'[2]
            R.D. Pearson said in an article "homeopathy, like radionics, is basically a direct mind-powered phenomenon like psychokinesis.  Its working properties lie much deeper than those which established matter-physics can uncover."7  A firm belief that matter can be affected by the mind makes it much easier to accomplish.  Spiritual healing (which has been called faith healing) depends on the belief of the healer rather than the subject who can apparently benefit even when completely sceptical.
            Looking at such anomalous events within a framework of physics gives a new handle on research in areas like psychical research.   Repeatability has always been a must in 'proper' research.   If all the investigators do not get the same result (when using the same technique) then the results of those who do get a positive result become suspect.  This is reasonable for physical research, but when the human mind is a factor (inevitably it is, in all research) then the subtle worlds affect the result.  This is borne out by the quantum level experiments (like micro-kinesis) and proofs.  The teams who believe in telepathy are far more likely to get positive results from objective telepathy trials than those who are sceptical.  It would seem likely that the thought matter of the telepathic subjects can be altered by the thoughts and attitudes of the experimenters; after all, the high energy matter involved is transient and dynamic, and thus potentially, easily manipulated.
            If the mind can bridge the three worlds, is it possible that it may also be sensitive to the insubstantial material of cosmic rays?  Could such matter affect us in subtle ways, even more subtle than feelings or thoughts?  Perhaps cosmic super-matter is the origin of mystical and spiritual experience, accessed spontaneously or through meditation and spiritual discipline. The energy has to be stepped down to be perceived by the physical brain, thought about and transmitted to others, which means its subtlety is partially lost.  A Yogi cannot explain what Nirvana is, though he may try, but believers in his proximity can feel his power.
            The research into super-massive matter coming to earth is already revealing that the particles come in groups of certain energy ranges.1  Perhaps the triplicity is repeated on higher levels.  The first three worlds being seen as one, with two corresponding higher ones that are only now being discovered.  This notion of three planes is familiar to mystics and esotericists who understand them intuitively, without any knowledge or interest in their physical reality.  For instance the Christian Holy Trinity - the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost; the three worlds of the Hindus and Buddhists governed by Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma; and the three Cosmic Fires described by Alice Bailey - electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction.8    
The capacity of the human brain to link the worlds of the different generations of matter creates the elusive but very real concept of 'mind'.  Our everyday experience encompasses three states of consciousness, our physical sensations and drives, our emotional feelings, and our mental world, thoughts and plans.  The mind works in mysterious and sometimes unpredictable ways.  Ideas and insights can occur suddenly and unexpectedly, when the mind is open, can it grasp a thought from elsewhere?  When we send good wishes with all our love, how do they reach the recipient?  Thinking of these things as subtle physical things, makes them entirely logical
            This whole proposition raises more questions than it answers, but it does open up a new way to find solutions to life's many mysteries and give science new dimensions to explore.  The precise laws governing the subtle realms and their interaction may be determined.  Some were suggested earlier on page 2.  Psychology can investigate empirically the realms of feeling and thought and their relationship; psychological problems like psychosis and schizophrenia could be understood in a new light.  Mysticism, religion, creativity, imagination and the arts could become explicable in empirical terms.  The idea must have repercussions beyond the field of human consciousness, in all areas of study.  For instance, planetary dynamics, geology, weather and climate, earth's atmosphere, the life sciences and ecology.
            This idea is offered as a seed for the development of a new paradigm, to be refined and clarified through the knowledge and thoughts of everyone who sees a germ of truth in it. A coherent physical and mathematical proof of the formulation of relatively stable matter out of transient high energy particles is now required for this concept to enter the mainstream of scientific thought.  My hope is that scientists will accept this challenge and work out the details.  That those working in a variety of fields find that it fits their own findings so that they can provide further evidence for its veracity, information that contradicts it is equally important.

To sum up:
            Non-physical experience has a physical basis, in the fact that matter exists in three 'generations'.  The first makes up the physical world, the other two consist of progressively more massive particles which interact little with the physical world.  Isolated high energy particles decay rapidly, but could be the building blocks of higher energy worlds, making them relatively stable but dynamic.  The imagination and emotions exist physically - in the second generation of matter.  The mental world of ideas is more fleeting, and is made of third generation matter.  The human brain integrates the three worlds creating the complexity and subtlety of experience - the mind!
            There is rapidly mounting evidence that human consciousness can interact with that of others and with the physical world. This interaction could be occurring on the quantum level in the microtubules of cells; and so link the three generations of matter which create the threefold nature of experience.  It could even be a two way interaction - the implications spread beyond humanity to encompass the animate and inanimate world.
            It is known that a particle can sometimes shift energy level from one generation to another, this has been described as 'changing its spots'.  The concept that the three generations of matter constitute the physical material of the three worlds of human experience (physical emotional and mental) gives science, including sociology, psychology and other areas, a new physical framework for investigation the emotional and mental fields.   It would also provide a framework for investigating and understanding what is termed "paranormal".   Such areas as magic, Healing, crop circles, UFOs that mysteriously materialise and dematerialise, ghosts and discarnate entities that impinge on normal life, and many other unexplained phenomena.  These would all be physically real.

1   New Scientist 5th Feb. 1994 'The giant particle accelerator in the sky.' by Christine Sutton
2   New Scientist 5th December 1992 'Secret life of the Brain'
3   'Seven Experiments that Could Change the World' by Rupert Sheldrake' Pub fourth Estate, 1994
4   New Scientist 15th May 1993 'Roll up for the telepathy tests" by John McCrone
5   'Martial Arts Students Influence the Past'  New Scientist 27th August 1994
6   New Scientist 20th Aug. 1994  'Quantum states of mind' by John McCrone
7   'Help for Benveniste and Homeopathy' by R.D. Pearson, 'Network' Summer 1994,
8   'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire' by Alice A. Bailey
9   New Scientist 2lst August 1993  'Are solar neutrinos quick change artists?' by John Gribbin
10 New Scientist 11th March 1995  'Chicago quark hunters come out on top'

[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganzfeld_experiment#Early_experiments

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