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'I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy.'
-- Max Born [ vide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Born  ]

On the Forbidden Letters - by Anil Sriram  

Part 1  

'For centuries we sought the philosopher's stone whose touch would transmute base metals into gold. We failed, but the desire to find that stone led to the atomic theory and an understanding of chemistry, which allows us to reshape the material we find in the world to new and better uses. Is that not a much more desirable result for mankind than transmuting base metals into gold? - Only Harry Potter would bother to search today for the philosopher's stone.' [2008:xx]  


 Dear Visitor of World Mysteries, 

In the fourth Forbidden Letter to Philip Gardiner and Gary Osborn, the Paris 4 say that the alchemist has to descend into the earth. They conjecture that this is possible for the alchemist because, according to Paris, the real earth is microcosmic and in man. Now, an alchemist who has to descend is somehow pulled of course. And this strongly suggests gravitational forces might be at work here to enter this mysterious dimension of traverse. And this makes a lot of sense.  

Because physicists discovered that only the force of gravity 'is capable of exerting an extra-dimensional influence.'[2008:188] The other three forces of nature, the electromagnetic, the weak nuclear and the strong nuclear are not capable of exerting such influence. 'Only the gravitational force can leak into other dimensions.'[Ibid./emphasis added] 

Part 2 - [quotes]


'Heisenberg's uncertainty principle [ vide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle ] is of course nonsense. There is no such thing as uncertainty. Just because we humans can't determine position or momentum doesn't mean position or momentum are not determined. (...) But then again, that Heisenberg contraption was the product of mathematics to begin with. (Heisenberg was right though when he said that atoms are not things.)'[Kurt Green]


'Atoms are not things.'[Werner Heisenberg] 


'If atoms are not things, what are they? More than 75 years after Heisenberg's revelation, physicists and philosophers are still struggling with this question. The answer we found previously, that they are probability waves until they are observed and things thereafter, is not entirely satisfying, but at the moment the best we can do.'[2008:57] 


'But if everything is thought, what is thought?'[1986:154] 


'The possibility that photon B knows what happened to photon A without a signal passing between them is doubtless the reason that quantum mechanics seems to open the door to mysticism in the real world. After all, what could be more mystical than knowledge of what happens to another body without a measurable transmission of information? Alternatively, one could believe that there is a deeper reality, manifested in some physical property as yet unfound, which would account for this phenomenon. Einstein died holding firmly to his latter view, which is known in the physics community as 'hidden variables.' - '[2008:61] 


'If you are looking at the universe, you are looking at your mind.'[J. Tull] 


'The Anthropic Principle [ vide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropic_principle ] shows that the observed structure of the universe is restricted by the fact that we are observing this structure; by the fact that, so to speak, the universe is observing itself.'[1986:4] 


'Although special relativity forbids either matter, energy, or information from traveling faster than light, what is happening here is that the probability wave has collapsed instantly throughout the entire universe.'[2008:139/emphasis added](Meaning: throughout the entire mind./Sriram) 


'Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And this is because in the last analysis we ourselves are part of the mystery we are trying to solve.'[Max Planck] 


'As long as you believe in an external world independent of consciousness, you're in the dark.'[J. Tull] 


'I'm a stodgy old scientist who believes, naively, that there exists an external world.'[Alan Sokal] 


'Physicists are loath to admit any consideration of Mind into their theories. Even quantum mechanics, which supposedly brought the observer into physics, makes no use of intellectual properties; a photographic plate would serve equally as an 'observer.' - '[1986:1] 


'The Participatory Anthropic Principle (PAP): observers are necessary to bring the universe into being.'[1986:22]


'But do we really have to look at outer space to explain alchemical decapitation and chakra's, and thereby life? Or could Alchemy indeed be terrestrial? We don't know of course. But I have this hunch it is. That Mother Earth lives in more ways than is dreamt of in our philosophies.'[Hugo Dewasme on the Forbidden Letters]


'Aristotle did not believe one could claim a true understanding of any natural object, unless one knew also its 'final cause'- the end for which it exists.[1986:28/emphasis added]


'In this Stone (of Alchemy) lies hidden all that God and Eternity, heaven, the stars and the elements contain and are able to do.'[Jacob Boehme]


'I wonder whether that Stone could have the words Big and Bang written on its back. It must have consciousness anyhow.'[Forum-post on the Forbidden Letters]


'Why is it that you physicists always require so much expensive equipment? Now, the Department of Mathematics requires nothing but money for paper, pencils and waste paper baskets. And the Department of Philosophy is better still. It doesn't even ask for waste paper baskets.'[Unknown University President]

Physicists, ladies and gentlemen, are quite convinced that 'the universe will ultimately become a ball of radiation growing ever larger.'[A. Eddington, 1931:127] Man, according to physics, is the product of causes 'which had no prevision of the end they were achieving. His origin, his loves and his beliefs are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms. No fire, no heroism can preserve an individual life beyond the grave. The whole temple of Man's achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins.'[B. Russel, 1957:107]

A good thing some Departments never throw away anything:

'Did ye never read the scriptures? The Stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner.'[ Matthew 21:42]


  • Stein, James D., How Math Explains the World, Harper Collins, New York, 2008. 

  • Barrow, John D. & Tipler, Frank J., The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1986. 

  •  Heisenberg, Werner, The Physical Principles of Quantum Theory, University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1930.

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