Thursday, 26 October 2017 07:08

Matter is an illusion says Doctor Fred Alan Wolf

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji

This afternoon I watched some YouTube videos by Dr. Alan Wolf. Dr. Wolf was a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. He found metaphysics and dropped out of academia and began writing books infused by his understanding of quantum mechanics and spirituality. He has written numerous books including some on parallel universes. I have attended some of his lectures at Seattle, Washington (USA).

In the YouTube that I watched he made the argument that matter is an illusion and that it seems to exist but does not, in fact, exist.

In reaching his conclusion, he drew from astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology. In case the reader is not informed on cosmology, let me briefly summarize it for him.

Contemporary cosmology teaches us that 13.8 billion years ago, out of nowhere a point of light, not larger than the period at the end of this sentence, came out. It grew inordinately hot and exploded (this explosion is called the Big Bang).

In a few seconds the particles of the original light, called photons, transformed themselves to electrons and quarks.

Quarks transformed themselves to protons and neutrons.  By the end of three minutes of the nascent universe's existence neutrons and protons had unified into nuclei of the simplest atom, hydrogen.

We know that as matter was formed anti matter was also formed. Thus, there were electrons and anti- electrons (positrons), protons and anti-protons, neutrons and anti- neutrons.

Matter and anti-matter were supposed to attack each other and annihilate themselves and return the nascent universe to radiation (hot photons).

However, for some reasons, for every billion particles of anti-matter produced a billion and one particles of matter were produced. Thus, when they attacked each other some matter survived to continue the evolution of our matter based universe.

Why this accident? It is part of what is called anthropic principle; several seeming accidents happened as if the universe is intent on becoming a matter based universe so as to produce human beings.

Moving on, we know that the universe remained plasma; that is, was a sea of nuclei and electrons and entrapped light for 400, 000 years. At that date nuclei captured electrons and atoms were formed (mostly hydrogen, helium, lithium and other simple atoms...the universe has 92 naturally occurring elements; scientists have formed another twenty in laboratories).

The universe thereafter was a sea of hydrogen with some helium. Millions of years later something amazing happened, another anthropic accident. The sea of hydrogen separated into clumps.

Each clump of hydrogen was acted on by gravity.  The pressure and heat generated on the clump led to the fusion of hydrogen to helium and stars are born.

A star is a clump of hydrogen in whose core pressure and heat lead to the fusion of helium (I am not here to teach you basic chemistry but for what it is worth, helium has two particles of electrons, two particles of neutrons and two particles of protons; hydrogen has only one particle of electron and one proton...some hydrogen isotopes have neutrons...each element is a different arrangement of protons, neutrons and electrons; each gaining more until we reach uranium, the heaviest element with 92 electrons, 92 protons and 146 neutrons).  The fusion generates the byproduct of heat and light. The light walks its way from the core of stars and reaches the surface and escape as the light we see and call stars.

The formation of stars led to nucleosynthesis. As stars age they begin fusing to other elements such as carbon, oxygen and so on. When the fusion process reaches iron the star expands and explodes in supernova. The heat accompanying the supernova creates all elements beyond iron.

The exploded star spills the newly formed elements into space (now called nebula). In time the elements, also called star dust, agglomerate into medium sized stars and their planets.

Our star, the Sun agglomerated from exploded massive stars, 4.5 billion years ago. The suns nine planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mas, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) and the asteroids and comets belts apparently also came into being at the same time as the sun.

Our sun has enough hydrogen to last another five billion years before it explodes and dies. Before that inevitable death, in about two billion years the sun begins to run short of hydrogen and begin fusing to carbon etc. It will become hotter and hotter. In about two billion years the sun will be so hot that all liquid on earth would be dried. Thus, we can say that in about two billion years there will be no biological life forms on earth. The earth would be like Mercury and Venus, hot and dry rocks.

The death of our sun is different from the death of massive stars. When massive stars die, their explosion throws off their outer parts whereas their core implodes to form either neutron stars or black holes.

Neutron stars are composed of only neutrons whereas black holes are so dense that not even light can escape from their event horizons.

Our sun will simply throw off its outer parts and its inner core becomes a white dwarf star that shines for a while and then flickers out and becomes a rock in space.

The extant universe has over 200 billion galaxies, each galaxy with over 200 billion stars.  The galaxies are expanding away from each other; apparently from the influence of dark energy; dark matter holds the galaxies in balance.

In a few trillion years all the stars would have exploded and died. The universe would thereafter be composed of cold photons.

The universe is composed of 73% dark energy and 23% dark matter and only 4% visible matter; and we do not know anything about the dark stuff!

In the meantime, water was brought to the hot early earth by comets and cooled it down. Biologists tell us that in a pool of water sixty four elements, mainly carbon, hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen were combined to form chemical mixture by heat generated by lightening hitting that pool of water. The chemical mixture resulted in compounds and molecules that later formed plant and animal cells and biological life began. This took place about 3. 5 billion years ago. Evolution continued until it formed Homo sapiens, us.

So far we have seen biological life only on planet earth, a planet on the goldilocks region of a spiral galaxy where it is neither too hot nor too cold. We still do not know if life exists in any of the trillions of the exoplanets out there in space!

Probability theory would suggest that there got to be many habitable planets in the universe. If there are then when our sun and earth dies we would migrate to them, otherwise we are doomed!

Indeed, idealistic scientists hope that before our universe dies we would be able to worm hole our way to other universes and continue existing.

What Dr. Wolf added to familiar cosmology struck a chord in me; he reinforced my already accepted conclusion that our human bodies and all matter is an illusion?

He reached the conclusion utilizing Albert Einstein's general relativity theory. He said that as light travels (speed of light is 186,000 miles per second) it begins to form mass hence matter. The speeding light becomes heavy and forms particles of matter. Light which has no mass now has mass (matter).

The point is that light became matter.

Dr. Wolf proceeded to say that matter is apparent but not real. In our world we see our bodies, animals' bodies, plants, land and other forms of matter; all those things were made from light. Where I see your body is really light disguised as matter, flesh.

Dr. Wolf said that none of those things that we call matter actually exist; he said that they exist as illusion; they seem real but in fact are not real. What exists, he said, is light. If so then look at your body; it is really light that has the illusion of flesh!

We know that light is eternal so despite the illusion of your body dying and decaying to the sixty four elements that compose it and those to electrons, protons and neutrons and those to quarks and finally to photons, since light is eternal your body as light is eternal.

As Dr. Wolf sees it, there is God, aka consciousness. God used his mind to form light. What God created is as eternal as God so light is eternal.

Physics rendition of God creating light is pretty much like what the Judeo-Christian Bible said when it said, in Genesis, that God said: let there be light and produced light in the darkness that was what hitherto existed in the universe.

According to Christianity, God conjured out light from nowhere; according to modern astrophysics something unknown conjured out light; both used that light to form matter, our bodies included.

In Dr. Wolf's view, God used light to create our physical universe; God is playing with his ability to create something out of nothing.  But what he created, our physical universe, in fact, does not exist except as an illusion.

Space, time and matter and our bodies are illusions that seem to exist but do not, in fact, exist. Only light seems to exist and that light came from God, from consciousness.

In effect, only God or consciousness exists and that God produced light and uses light to play with, said Professor Alan Wolf.

I reached the same conclusion from reading astrophysics, quantum mechanics, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, Christian Gnosticism and Greek Gnosticism (Plotinus' Ennead and Helen Schucman's A Course in miracles) and, of course, from  my own cogitation.

It is nice to know that a physicist reached a conclusion similar to mine. It is a small world, after all.  I believe that only light exists where we see our bodies, plants, animals, and the physical universe. That light was produced by God and us (the sons of God). How it was done I do not yet understand. I will keep studying science and meta-science and, hopefully, will come to understand the conundrum.

In the meantime, I am convinced that only light and consciousness exist.

I believe that light is used by consciousness, aka God and his sons (they are nondual self, one self) to do work, pretty much as a sculptor uses wood and rock to carve his sculptures.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

October 25, 2017

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD, University of California.  Dr. Osuji has taught at several universities. He has written several books on the confluence of consciousness and matter. He can be reached at (907) 310-8176 or

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Fred Alan Wolf (born December 3, 1934) is an American theoretical physicist specializing in quantum physics and the relationship between physics and consciousness. He is a former physics professor at San Diego State University, and has helped to popularize science on the Discovery Channel. He is the author of a number of physics-themed books including Taking the Quantum Leap (1981), The Dreaming Universe (1994), Mind into Matter (2000), and Time Loops and Space Twists (2011).[1]

Wolf was a member in the 1970s, with Jack Sarfatti and others, of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's Fundamental Fysiks Group founded in May 1975 by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann.[2] His theories about the interrelation of consciousness and quantum physics were described by Newsweek in 2007 as "on the fringes of mainstream science."[3]Born into a Jewish family,[4] Wolf's interest in physics began as a child when he viewed a newsreel depicting the world's first atomic explosion. Wolf received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UCLA in 1963 and began researching the field of high atmospheric particle behavior following a nuclear explosion.[5] He has appeared as the resident physicist on the Discovery Channel's The Know Zone, was a participant in the PBS series Closer to Truth,[6] and has appeared on radio talk shows and television shows across the United States and abroad.[5] He also appeared in the films What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004),[7]The Secret (2006) and Spirit Space (2008).[8] He has lectured on subjects related to quantum physics and consciousness since the 1960s, often under the name Dr. Quantum or Captain Quantum.[9] He is also featured in the documentary about the Dalai Lama, titled Dalai Lama Renaissance.[10]

His book Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Nonscientists won a 1982 U.S. National Book Awardin Science.[11][a]

He has taught at San Diego State University, the University of Paris, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of London, and Birkbeck College, London.[12]


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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176