Part of iKE ALLEN’S “InnerViews Series”
iKE: Peter, your blending of scientific and spiritual principles is what lead me to featuring you in Leap! A Quantum Awakening and The Tao of Quantum Physics. I’m just curious, with your science background and how everything is very mechanistic, how did your mind open up through experiences or discoveries you made in science, how did your mind open up to the fact that reality isn’t mechanistic, it’s more alive, more an organism.
Peter: I think that the idea isn’t mechanistic is actually really contained in science, the mechanistic world is the old sort of Newtonian world iKE. But with relativity and then quantum physics, science itself really had to let go of that mechanistic model. I think my scientific training actually led me towards that letting go of the mechanistic, although it’s still, I think it’s deeply ingrained in all of us, it’s a hard thing to let go of, but we now understand that deep down the universe is not mechanistic. We don’t really know what it’s like, it’s a mystery.
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iKE: I’m not sure of the range of science you did but did you do any.. experimental things that didn’t fit into that view? I mean it’s only lately that science has come to include all these quantum things. Did you do anything in science that wasn’t fitting into that?
Peter: My own scientific background wasn’t really experimentally, I was a mathematician and got into theoretical physics and that is basically math. So I was very much a pen and paper scientist. I was actually working with steven hawking for awhile, he was brilliant, he hadn’t really become sick yet, he was just beginning to.. he was also a paper and pencil scientist, not experimental. That’s theoretical science.
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But I did have experiences I think in life that showed me there was something else going on, which were I’d say more to do with those sorts of things we might call them telepathy, knowing things that were happening with friends at a distance when there’s no way possible I could know them, so absolutely clear, a feeling of what was going on, and those things would sometimes come up in dreams or life. So I think my life experiences showed me there was something more than the physical sciences were able to explain.