Dr. Amit Goswami – The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Physics Explains Love, Death, and the Meaning of Life
Interview by Sylvia Henderson
Dr. Amit Goswami and is an award-winning Quantum Activist and a Theoretical Quantum Physicist. Dr. Amit Goswami became internationally recognized. He appeared in the film “What the Bleep Do We Know” and, later, appeared in its sequel called “Down the Rabbit Hole,” as well as the documentary “Dalai Lama Renaissance” and the award-winning documentary “The Quantum Activist.” He is currently a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “Science Within Consciousness” an idea he applies in his seminal book “The Self-Aware Universe” where he also solves the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect.
Since then, Dr. Amit Goswami has written many other popular books based on his research on Quantum Physics and consciousness. We can site among them: “The Visionary Window,” “Physics of the Soul,” “The Quantum Doctor,” “Creative Evolution,” “God Is Not Dead,” “How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization,” “Quantum Creativity,” “Think Quantum, Be Creative,” “Quantum Economics,” “Unlocking the Power and Economics of Consciousness,” and his soon to be released book “The Everything Answer Book – How Quantum Science Explains Love, Death and the Meaning of Life.”
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Interview with Dr. Amit Goswami
Sylvia Henderson: Dr. Goswami, there are so many profound insights that you have shared from your soon-to-be-released book “The Everything Answer Book – How Quantum Science Explains Love, Death and the Meaning of Life.” You have provided such a brilliantly layered pathway for the reader to follow while you explain everything through the reality of consciousness. Why is it important for us to view ourselves, our world, our experiences, and all the existence, really, from consciousness space science versus Newtonian matter-based science?
Dr. Amit Goswami: Yes, this is the most important question to start with. Newtonian matter based science and their science only to the extent that we are machines and, admittedly, we do have some conditioning in our existence and behavior. We do have a genetic disposition, and that conditions us to some extent. Then we have conditioning that we grow up with, such as nurture, that part also objective, and then quantum physics admits we do have reincarnation so past-life conditioning, too, contributes to our condition existence. Beyond that, we have creativity. Beyond, we have feelings, we have intuition. These experiences are beyond what a machine can experience. Quantum Physics has come along, and it has given us a new basis to look at things, and that is the basis we are talking about today. Consciousness is the ground of everything.
Sylvia Henderson: So, when you say consciousness, –what is consciousness? You talk about local consciousness and then non-local consciousness. What do you mean by that?
Dr. Amit Goswami: Quantum Physics says that there are two domains of reality. One domain is where we have Sensorial experiences, as we experience, you know, sensing, thinking, feeling, intuition. All these things come with objective experience and we, as the subject of experience, experience these objects. So, that is the consciousness that is explicit, that is manifest. Then, Quantum Physics also says that there is a domain of potentiality in which all objects of experience become potentiality, possibility way, and this is what consciousness is. Consciousness is that domain of potentiality. It consists of multipotentiality of subjects and the potentiality of objects, and when we choose from the potentiality of objects, then that is the manifestation conversion of potentiality into actuality that means something to you. So, in the domain of potentiality, the consciousness is unconscious.
Sylvia Henderson: I see. So, in our local consciousness, the subject of experience, we live in a 3-D reality that is influenced heavily by the concept of duality. From a quantum physics perspective, is duality a reality within this non-local consciousness of potentiality?
Dr. Amit Goswami: Yes. I should have mentioned that what I am calling the domain of potentiality is also a domain of oneness. There is no distinction between consciousness and its possibilities, and the domain of oneness is also visualized as a domain in which communication is instantaneous without signals. Therefore, we call it non-local, a signal-less communication.
Whereas, in space/time domain of reality, we call it local because communication requires signals which always take a finite amount of time going through space. A signal going through space taking a finite amount of time is always involved in communication in space and time. Therefore, we call it local consciousness, so in that way. Now, of course, ideas become most important when we recognize that both domains are important for functioning. It is not one versus the other. The unconscious contributes to what we experience in the conscious.
Sylvia Henderson: So, the non-local consciousness, could this also be defined as God, or the Dao, or the Universe? From a spiritual point of view, how would one look at non-local consciousness as a defined concept, is that correct?
Dr. Amit Goswami: A very good point. Indeed, spiritual traditions call it God, but you have to be a little bit careful. If you are looking for God in water, then fish would have discovered it, and that it is neither here nor there makes it very clear that it is nowhere to be found in space and time. You should look at it outside of space and time which suggests something like oneness. So, is God non-local consciousness, yes?
Sylvia Henderson: It really does depend on our definition of God then does it not?
Dr. Amit Goswami: Yes. If you recognize God as a oneness experience. These experiences are not very uncommon, you know when we walk in the forest, or we look at the vast ocean, or even the beauty of a sunset, sometimes we fall into this oneness of consciousness where it feels like we are one with everything. Many people, including the discoverer of quantum physics, had this oneness experience “I am the whole world.” I have experienced this, and many people have experienced this. So, that is the kind of oneness that quantum physics posits, that reality at the level of potentiality is about.
Sylvia Henderson: Can you talk a little bit about the observer of our thoughts and our experiences?
Dr. Amit Goswami: Yes, basically this is the important part of quantum physics. How it gave us one consciousness as the reality of potentiality. So, that means everything is one. Then comes the question of “Alright so what do we call it, what do we call this oneness”?
That is where the observer effect comes in. We notice that when we measure – I said before that measurement or observation changes people’s potentiality into the actuality of our experience an observer is essential for that – so what is the observer doing? If you look at it, then something a little paradoxical because before the conversion of potentiality into actuality observer himself or herself, the brain, is a potentiality.
It is just a wave of opportunity. It is not an actual brain. There is no manifest brain. So, the process of conversion of potentiality into actuality, not only is the object created but also the observer is created.
Sylvia Henderson: So, from the awareness of potentiality and multiple possibilities, you also talk about the importance of creativity, that it is very vital. In doing so, you also talk about suffering being a catalyst, or the catalyst, behind creativity. As you know, humanity wishes not to suffer, but is suffering purposefully for humanity to expand and grow creatively?
Dr. Amit Goswami: Well, all the sufferings is certainly an important one, and we have to consider it because of some people, including myself, are not attracted towards getting beyond our machine existence unless we are pushed badly by suffering. I did require suffering initially but now, my curiosity is aroused, and I do not need to suffer anymore to investigate the reality of oneness and all of this nice pain – values, love, beauty, justice, truth, which also is part of that same exploration.
I do not need suffering anymore. My curiosity propels me all over the world looking for all these things and changing myself into a transformed person. So, I hope that the listeners are encouraged by this. Suffering very good, but you do not really have to sustain suffering dynamic for very long. Once you get the taste of what this building of potentiality works for you – all these wonderful possibilities that are open to us are only subjects for our creative exploration.
Sylvia Henderson: Well, I most definitely prefer the curiosity road map to suffering myself. So how does one begin to get a taste of that oneness? How does one begin to choose curiosity over suffering? Does meditation aid in that process?
Dr. Amit Goswami: Yes, if we can listen to this sage advice that is given to us from age-old spiritual traditions if we could listen to that? I mean, I was told in my childhood – because I grew up in a kind of spiritual society – but life took me in a different direction. Thus, I could not stay with that kind of advice. I tried meditating early as a teenager, but never really got behind it. So, for me, suffering was essential.
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