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sarpyl subhankar karmakar


The mind has played a role in physics since the earliest days of quantum physics. The Fifth Solvay Conference in 1927 featured a debate between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein about the inclusion of mind and the consciousness in physics. While Niels Bohr argued in the favour of the inclusion of the mind and consciousness as integral components of physics, Albert Einstein had debated against the inclusion. Einstein's position has dominated mainstream physics for decades, but the battle simmered on for the entire twentieth century.

New Physics

Much of 20th-century physics has proceeded along the reductionist path that seeks quantum gravity at the intersection of the extended lines of quantum physics and relativity.

This reductionist path must always try to force into a stretched standard model the many phenomena of new physics that have been theorized or observed over recent decades:

* extra dimensions of space
* black holes
* dark matter and dark energy
* entanglement
* tunneling
* Bose-Einstein condensates
* neutrino mass
* radical theses about time and matter

How far can the standard models of particle physics and cosmology be stretched before we see the need for new theory-of-everything paradigms?

21st-Century Physics

How many phenomena of new physics does it take to break the standard model?

Are we really getting closer to a theory of everything by reducing our understanding to strings as physics' smallest pieces?

Can psychologists', mathematicians', and physicists' longstanding p-adic models of thought be brought into modern physics?

What optimal mix of new physics phenomena and p-adic models of consciousness have created holistic models of new physics and the mind, the 21st century's theory of everything?
Part One, Entering the Twenty-first Century, brings all readers to a common footing. After all, some readers will be physicists. Others will have read a few or many popular-audience science books, perhaps even books entirely on point to the question at hand: what’s going on at the forefront of modern physics? Still others will be intellectually curious but without much background in science.

So Part One begins with a plain-English summary of the theories of relativity and of quantum physics. Then it discusses how physicists feel about these theories, and what these theories suggest to physicists about what still needs to be resolved, what to study next. String theory, which mainstream physics views as the best shot at the twenty-first century’s theory of everything, is presented next. But so are the dissenting views—views of physicists who claim that quantum physics forces us to a new sense of reality, and also views of the holists, who think that reductionism is taking us along the wrong path.

From the beginning of quantum physics in the early twentieth century, physicists have found, strangely, a role in physics for human consciousness and the mind. This role has in fact been too strange for mainstream physics, which has proceeded without the mind.

Yet from the beginning, some physicists have explored how physics and the mind interrelate. This is Part Two, Physics and the Mind.

Theories about physics and the mind simmered in the background for most of the twentieth century, but they heated up again especially with the 1989 publication by a prominent mathematician and physicist of The Emperor’s New Mind, which placed consciousness and the mind at the center of modern physics’ most important current questions.

At the same time, late in the twentieth century, a series of observations and theories arose, not related to the mind or consciousness, but purely on the agenda of mainstream particle physics and cosmology. Fifteen of these phenomena are discussed in Part Three, New Physics.

The term “new physics” has been used frequently in physics, in fact ever since the dawn of modern physics at the beginning of the twentieth century. But today new physics means phenomena that challenge the mid-twentieth-century’s standard models of particle physics and cosmology.

Many of these new physics phenomena have become widely known even among nonscientists. Black holes, dark matter and dark energy, parallel universes, even extra dimensions have all achieved some prominence as items of general news.

Physicists throughout the world are seriously studying these phenomena as well as other phenomena that have not yet achieved the same level of general awareness. Many of these other phenomena bring quantum physics to the macroscopic level of everyday existence, and this is surprising, even disturbing. Quantum physics has been understood to operate only subatomically. Some physicists studying the phenomena of new physics think that radical revisions are required to our standard approaches to physics.

And Part Four, Speculations, is a countdown—a hidden physics countdown of ten radical theories of new physics. These theories, barely noticed by mainstream physicists, are the life work of a small number of radical theorists.

Counting down from Radical Theory #10 through Radical Theory #1, we find physicists who turn quantum physics on its head, who create new understandings of physics from elements of new physics, and who bring the mind and consciousness into central roles.

Radical Theory #1 incorporates every element of Part Three’s new physics, and is also a theory of mind physics. This theory, far outside of standard physics, is presented in NEW PHYSICS AND THE MIND as an alternative to today’s mainstream approach to a twenty-first-century theory of everything.
new physics + the mind + holism - reductionism
= new physics and the mind

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