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

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

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.

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LOST – my current theories

I suspect time travel is responsible for most of the paranormal/supernatural phenomena that have occurred – Alpert’s apparent non-aging, the whispers, Walt appearing in places he shouldn’t be, appearances by the dead, moving the Island, etc. The “synchronicities” that occur regularly could be explained by time travels deliberately manipulating certain events.

Lost: Overview of My Current Theories

See also: LOST Theory: The Island is the Village from the Prisoner (which contains some Prisoner spoilers).

And: Lost Theories

Spike Lee is set to direct a biopic on time travel scientist Ron Mallett

ronald mallett

The “overwhelming shock”  of his father’s death caused Mallett, now 63, to “just disconnect from reality,”  he says. So when, at age 10, he started building a jury-rigged jalopy, based on the gyroscopic contraption on the cover of the Classics Illustrated version of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine, it might have seemed as if he had gone over the edge.

But the next decades only saw Mallett’s focus on his mission intensify with laser-like precision. He devoured every book on Einstein he could find. He boned up on differential equations and tensor calculus. And by 1973, at Penn State, he’d earned his Ph.D. Moved by the intensely personal nature of his quest, Spike Lee announced this past summer that he’s currently writing a screenplay for a movie “‘ which he’ll direct “‘ based on Mallett’s book, Time Traveler (Thunder’s Mouth, 2006).

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(via Tomorrow Museum)

How does Lost relate to Paul Laffoley, the Invisibles, and the Voudon Gnostic Workbook?

paul laffoley time machine

Full Story: Hatch 23.

Podcast round-up

The G-Spot Episode #15: The Eight Circuits

(I missed posting several episodes, check ’em out).

The Viking Youth Power Hour: Time Traveling.


Plus Ultra Podcast Episode: Interview with Jan Lamprecht.

(Yeah, I missed a few of these as well).

10ZM.TV: Rodney Brooks Builds Robots.

(Never linked to this one before, archives here).

All’s quiet at The R.U. Sirius Show and NeoFiles.

What else should I be including here?

Paul Laffoley Infinity Factory interviews

[these have been taken down – if anyone has them please let me know]

Thanks Ikipr!

Nagi Noda’s time dispersal commercial

Nagi Noda has directed this Coca-Cola ad, which I believe is airing in the U.K. and Australia. We witness a girl drinking cola then progressing in iterative static poses down through the house and out into the garden. Here other people are encountered in similar sequential mode, providing a dizzying display of colour based on the Coke branding. The characters interact and the static scenes are seamlessly intercut with live action throughout the continuous long shot.

For anyone familiar with The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison, Noda’s commercial struck me as extremely reminiscent of the issues in which Ragged Robin gets stuck in and outside of time. Interesting to watch if you’re a fan of the comic or the concept in general.

Watch an embedded video via the jump.

Unofficial Paul Laffoley Site

Omega Point by Paul Laffoley

This site contains detailed scans of a few of Paul Laffoley’s paintings, less detailed scans of many other pieces, and some interviews. And a picture of Jason Louv and Richard Metzger in front of a couple of Laffoley pieces at Metzger’s apartment.

Paul Laffoley gallery and interviews

Real Life Time Machine Concept

time machine

It seems someone has come up with a theoretically workable time machine concept:

RONALD MALLETT thinks he has found a practical way to make a time machine. Mallett isn’t mad. None of the known laws of physics forbids time travel, and in theory, shunting matter back and forth through time shouldn’t be that difficult. […]

To twist time into a loop, Mallett worked out that he would have to add a second light beam, circulating in the opposite direction. Then if you increase the intensity of the light enough, space and time swap roles: inside the circulating light beam, time runs round and round, while what to an outsider looks like time becomes like an ordinary dimension of space. A person walking along in the right direction could actually be walking backwards in time–as measured outside the circle. So after walking for a while, you could leave the circle and meet yourself before you have entered it (see Diagram, opposite).

The energy needed to twist time into a loop is enormous, however. Perhaps this wouldn’t be a practical time machine after all? But when Mallett took another look at his solutions, he saw that the effect of circulating light depends on its velocity: the slower the light, the stronger the distortion in space-time. Though it seems counter-intuitive, light gains inertia as it is slowed down. “Increasing its inertia increases its energy, and this increases the effect,” Mallett says.

As luck would have it, slowing light down has just become a practical possibility. Lene Hau of Harvard University has slowed light from the usual 300,000 kilometres per second to just a few metres per second–and even to a standstill (New Scientist, 27 January, p 4). “Prior to this, I wouldn’t have thought time travel this way was a practical possibility,” Mallett says. “But the slow light opens up a domain we just haven’t had before.”

Update: Mallett has written a book called Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. His work has been heavily criticized. See the Ronald Mallett entry on Wikipedia.

Lene Hau‘s work is also worth looking into.

Things you never thought you’d see in real life

Would you like to buy a working hoverboard, or the plans for a jet pack? Well, Future Horizons is selling that and more. Their products range from plans to fully constructed devices in areas including alternative fuels, anti-gravity, time travel, psionics, lucid dreaming, and much more.

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