Real life DHARMA Initiative # 3: Esalen Institute and Physics Consciousness Research Group

Jack Sarfatti, Saul Paul Sirag, Nick Herbert, and Fred Alan Wolf

From left to right, Jack Sarfatti, Saul Paul Sirag, Nick Herbert, and Fred Alan Wolf lower right in 1974

From the Wikipedia entry on the Esalen Institute:

Esalen Institute is a center in Big Sur, California, in the United States, for humanistic alternative education and a nonprofit organization devoted to multidisciplinary studies ordinarily neglected or unfavoured by traditional academia. Esalen offers more than 500 public workshops a year in addition to invitational conferences, residential work-study programs, research initiatives, and internships. Part think-tank for the emerging world culture, part college and lab for transformative practices, and part restorative retreat, Esalen is dedicated to exploring work in the humanities and sciences that furthers the full realization of what Aldous Huxley called the “human potential”.

Esalen Institute was founded by Michael Murphy and Dick Price in 1962, and soon became known for its blend of East/West philosophies, experiential/didactic workshops, and a steady influx of philosophers, psychologists, artists, and religious thinkers.

One of the various projects of the Esalen Institute was the Physics Consciousness Research Group, founded to study time travel, ESP, consciousness after death, and other fringe subjects. Various people have made the claim that Physics Consciousness Research Group was the inspiration for the movie Ghostbusters. Jack Sarfatti, one of the founders of the Physics Consciousness Research Group, is a physicist and archetypal “mad scientist” – in fact, he claims to be the inspiration for both from Back to the Future and Egon Spangler from Ghostbusters.

MP3 Interview with Sarfatti on the R.U. Sirius Show.

Something of a memoir by Sarfatti that covers Physics Consciousness Research Group and its influence on Hollywood.

Update: How could I have forgotten Alex Burns’s classic article on Sarfatti?


  1. I haven’t read this yet, but isn’t that Phil Proctor and the rest of the Firesign Theater? Are you goofing on me, dude?

  2. God and Consciousness

    If God exist, HE / SHE/ IT must be in every place
    it means in human brains too
    Question: is it possible to prove this ?
    I will try
    Our brain works on dualistic basis: usually consciousness
    (logically) and rarely unconsciousness ( at first it seems
    illogically but at last it shows as very wise act)
    In his book ‘ The Holographic Universe’ Michael Talbot
    on the page 160 explained this situation in such way:
    ‘ Contrary to what everyone knows it is so, it may not be
    the brain that produce consciousness, but rather consciousness
    that creates the appearance of the brain – ’
    And the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ says:
    Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form.
    They do not know My transcendental nature and
    My supreme dominion over all that be
    / Chapter 9. Text 11./
    Only human being have come to a point where they
    no longer know why they exist. They don’t use their
    brains and they have forgotten the secret knowledge
    of their bodies, their senses, or their dreams. They
    don’t use the knowledge the spirit has put into every
    one of them; they are not even aware of this, and so
    they stumble along blindly on the room to nowhere – . . . . .

    / – the Lakata shaman Lame Deer
    Lama Deer Seeker of Visions /

    From book / The Holographic Universe. Part 3 / 9. Page 286.
    By Michael Talbot. /
    But there is a strong tradition ( scientific and religious) that insists
    that any time we say we know who God is, or what God wants,
    we are committing an act of heresy.
    ========== . .
    Best wishes.
    Israel Sadovnik Socratus.

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