Former exploration geophysicist and adventurer Hart explains how our consciousness participates in the creation of reality and the elements it draws on to fuel its vision.
A number of extraordinary personal experiences—a near-death tumble off the North Face of Everest; episodes of precognition and telekinesis, each an undeniably transcendental event—set Hart to pondering one of the oldest chestnuts of all: What is reality and how do we understand it as such? Circumstances found him in distant outposts, and he was sharp enough when there to discuss with local graybeards the events that befell him, tapping into Sherpa insights about the lower and upper selves and the power of the void, or listening to a yogi in India say that we have “a second body, a mental body composed of nothing but energy.” Much of what he learns rings bells in his scientific mind, and he seeks a common ground. This sends him to quantum mechanics, waves and particles, vortices of energy fields, the non-local universe, and the concept of “phaselock,” in which wave functions are a source of information to guide self-organizing systems. The physics here can be as dense as dark matter, but Hart handles the subject with aplomb for such rarified theory. Gradually, he pulls the strands together: the suggestion of parallel universes from which “the observer selects one aspect of the wave function to detect,” screening perceptions but sharing a commonality of experience since it is drawn from a hidden field of shared information, a single entity of phaselocked quantum waves, a quantum field of endless potentiality. This is rich stuff, with the ego, free will, the void, particle theory, neuroscience, and much more comfortably sharing the same couch.
Those with a thing for physics and an openness to Eastern philosophy will appreciate the vigor and the clarity of Hart’s ideas about how we simulate reality, create time, and shape the world with our thoughts.