Friday, 19 October 2012 15:31

Quantum Solipsism: Book Review by Ozodi Osuji

Written by 

Fred Alan Wolf, Taking The Quantum Leap. (New York: Harper and Row, 1987), 282 Pages. 

In this book, Professor Fred Alan Wolf (San Diego State University, California) reviewed the march of Western science, from early Greeks to the loss of reason during the Catholic Church induced dark ages and the return to science that began with Copernicus. He told us what Copernicus did, and then proceeded to telling us a bit about Galileo (demonstrated that the sun is the center of the solar system), Newton (three laws of motion, law of gravity, and with Leibnitz, calculus), Kepler, Tyco Brahe and Huygens (discoveries in astronomy and optics/light). We know what those men accomplished (if you don’t please go back to school and learn them). Thereafter, he gave some useful delineation of eighteenth century and nineteenth century developments in science, especially in the physics of electricity, light, heat (the laws of thermodynamics), gases and so on.

In school we all learned about Thomas Young and his double slit experiments (proving that light is wave), Dalton (return to Greek atomic theory), Boyle, Laplace and Lavoisier (laws of gas behavior), Michael Faraday (electricity), James Clerk Maxwell (equations on electromagnetism) and Bozeman (gas behavior); Wolf did not shade new light on those folk’s contributions to science.

Thereafter, he offered a thorough review of Quantum Mechanics. Quantum mechanics probably began in 1897 when J.J.Thompson discovered electrons. In 1900 Max Planck discovered quanta of light (later renamed photon). In 1905 Albert Einstein wrote a paper on the photo-electric effect of light showing that light (photons) does behave like particles, thus reinforcing Plank’s earlier finding (Newton actually believed that light is particles but Young showed that light is wave).  Einstein also wrote a paper on Special Relativity (space and time are a continuum, not separated) in that year (his paper on General Relativity, that is, reinterpretation of Newton’s Gravity, was written in 1916) but it was his paper on photons acting as particles knocking off electrons on hot objects that gave him the noble prize in physics in 1921.

In 1903 Pierre and Marie Curie building on Becquerel’s work showed us how atoms (nucleus) decay (radioactivity and the type of light they emit: Alpha, Beta and Gamma Rays).  In 1911 Ernest Rutherford of New Zealand working at CambridgeUniversity showed that Democritus/Dalton’s atom is not the smallest part of matter that the nucleus (proton) is.

In 1932 James Chadwick showed that the nucleus has both protons and neutrons.  In 1913 Neil Bohr described the behavior of electrons in the atom (circling the nucleus).

In the 1920s the wonder boys of quantum physics: Broglie (electrons and other particles behave as photons), Schrodinger (wave equations), Heisenberg (uncertainty principle), Pauli, Dirac (neutrinos), Max Born etc showed us how sub-atomic particles behave. (We shall not review such arcane concepts as complimentarity, uncertainty principle, indeterminism etc).

By the 1930s Lise Meitner, Strassman, Otto Hahn and Enrico Fermi showed that the nucleus of the atom could be split via bombardment of it with neutrons. In 1945 Robert Oppenheimer led the Manhattan Project that finally split the atom (nuclear fission…as opposed to nuclear fusion inside stars where hydrogen atoms fuse to helium atom) and we used it on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan to end the Second World War. We entered the nuclear weapons age.

The book gave a reasonable review of both classical physics (Newtonian mechanics, heat, electricity, light and sound) and what is now called new physics, aka quantum mechanics.  However, it was done without the necessary mathematics. The book is thus not meant for physicists (except those wishing light reading material) but for the general public.

In talking about quantum mechanics and reviewing the findings of such persons as Hugh Everett (many worlds interpretation of QM), John Bell (entangled particles behaving alike regardless of the distance separating them), the work of Dewitt, David Deutsch, Winger, Wheeler, Feynman and other noted contributors to the new physics Professor Wolf, in passing, talked about what he called quantum solipsism. It is this subject that I want to focus on here.  I want to address it because it is a subject that has exercised my mind a great deal.

In case you are not aware of what solipsism is let me briefly explain it before getting back to the quantum physics aspect of it.

Solipsism arose from the old philosophical question: if a tree fell and there is no human being to witness its fall did a tree fall and was sound made?

If you believe that the world is external to human beings your answer to the question would be unqualified yes. The tree fell and made sound regardless of whether there were people to witness it or not.

Human beings have only been around for a few million years whereas trees have been around for hundreds of millions of years.

According to contemporary astronomy, planet earth has been around for 4.5 billion years. The solar system has been around for 4.5 billion years. The Milky Way Galaxy and other galaxies have been around for billions of years. Cosmologists tell us that the universe has been around for an estimated 13.7 billion years (since it began in a big bang explosion).

Man has been around for less then three million years; indeed, man as we now know him is only about 50, 000 years so we are relative new comers to the world scene. The universe has existed before we came along and presumably will continue to exist after we, like dinosaurs, are long extinct.

This is the logical positivist approach to ontology and epistemology.  The world is out there; we can study that external world.  We are separated from the world. I am over here and you are over there and other things are all around us.

Science, as we know it, is predicated on the view that the world is outside us.  The philosophy of science is scientific materialism; that is, it is predicated on the notion that every thing is material.

The human mind is said to be epiphenomenal, is a product of the dance of atoms (particles) in our brains. Our mind and consciousness is said to be nothing but conscious atoms.  The specific configurations of atoms in our brains make thinking possible.

Thinking, mind and consciousness are not outside matter but are products of matter.  This is the view of classical, deterministic physics (in deterministic physics the correlation of cause and effect is clear; A caused B; in indeterministic sub-atomic behavior causes and effects are not quiet clear; in causal analysis probabilities rule).

Philosophical materialism is contrasted to philosophical idealism. Idealism in general postulates that our thinking affects the world of matter (space and time). In materialism our thoughts have no effect on matter; indeed, matter determines our thoughts.

Solipsism is extreme idealistic monism. Solipsism not only says that thoughts affect matter but says that matter, energy, space and time, the universe we normally assume is outside us is, in fact, inside us.

In the West, George Berkeley, an eighteenth century Irish Bishop, is associated with solipsism; he wrote that the world is in our minds.

Vedanta Hinduism (which influenced Arthur Schopenhauer’s idealism…World as Will and Idea) says that the world is dream.

According to Hinduism there is only one self in the universe. That one self is Brahman (God).  That one self has infinite parts (each called Atman).  Brahman and Atman, whole and parts, are one self, literally, not figuratively. God is his parts, his parts are God.  Brahman is Atman and Atman is Brahman.

According to Hindu story of creation (see Ramayana and Mahabharata, especially the section called Bagavad Gita), Brahman, as it were, cast magical spell (called Maya) on his mind and went to sleep and in his sleep dream.

Our universe is said to be the dream of Brahman.  Each of us is Atman, part of Brahman.

Brahman (God) dreams through his parts (Atman) and since his parts are him (God), therefore, the parts are doing the dreaming.

The objective of Hinduism is to enable each of us (dreamers, those who have forgotten their true self as Atman and now think that they are their dream figure, ego/Ahankara) to realize that his true self is Atman who is Brahman.

Through several methods (such as Janna Yoga, Bhakta Yoga, Kama Yoga, Raja Yoga etc) the  individual is encouraged to see his earthly self, his body and personality as not his real self and try to find out who his real self is.

In Raja Yoga the individual is encouraged to go into meditation and try to tune out this empirical world. It is said that when he stops thinking in ego categories and keeps quiet that his ego separated self would disappear and he would experience Samadhi (also called Nirvana or Satori). He would experience his individuated self disappear and he now knows that he is the unified self, Brahman.

One of the Upanishads said: thou art it, you are God.  The terms enlightenment and Illumination means return to the awareness that one is Braham, God; one is all things; it is one who dreams this world.

Hinduism is a solipsistic religion and philosophy; it says that there is only one self, Brahman (who is you) that dreams this world; it says that the world is in Brahman’s (your) mind.

Simply put, solipsism states that there is only one self, you. That that self, you, dream this world. The universe is in your mind.

Solipsism says that all people, all things, the entire universe is in each person’s mind (Shankara and Ramanuja are the Hindus philosophers that best explicate this view). The entire universe is in you.

You and I are literally one self. One self, as it were, seem to have divided itself into two selves (you and I) and projected those two selves out into a universe of space-time and matter. But in actuality there is no universe of space, time and matter, there are not many selves; only one self projected itself into seeming many selves external to it.

If the philosophy of solipsism seems weird, consider that at night you do go to sleep. In your sleep you do dream (I am told that some people do not dream so I may be making a false generalization). In your dream you do see an external world of space, time and matter; you do see other people, animals, trees, mountains, stars, galaxies, cars, trains; in short, in your dreams you see what you see in your day world.

In dreams you see a world that seems external to you with things happening in them that do not seem related to you (you generally identify with one of the people in your dream as you).

At night when you are in a dream the dream world seems real to you.  But when you wake up in the morning you realize that the seemingly solid world you had seem in the dream was not real, was a figment of your imagination. You produced the dream you had. Your one mind, as it were, divided itself into the many selves you saw in your dream; your mind produced all the things in your dream. You are the dreamer who projected everything out in your dream.

The dreamer is not his dream; so you are not the world of dreams you see; your real self, Hinduism and Buddhism teaches, is the unchangeable, the permanent, the immortal self, also called spirit (Brahman/Atman). The universe, dream is ephemeral and transitory but the dreamer, Brahman is changeless and eternal.

The universe is in your mind; the universe is your dream.  The dream, universe, is not real.

When Dr Johnson heard what Bishop Berkeley said (Boswell reported this) about the world being in our minds he reportedly kicked his foot on a rock and felt pain and said that that was his response to Berkeley.

In effect, he said that the world is external to him. He is in his body and the external world causes his body pain (sickness and death); the world that gives him pain cannot be in his mind, he could not have such a world (let it be said that in our nightly dreams, alas, we also feel pain when we strike our feet on rocks, so is the dream also outside us?).  Johnson believed that he is separate from other people and the world.

Johnson, in effect, asserted positivism, empiricism and scientism, the idea that the world is external to us, is separate from us hence as Francis Bacon said, to be studied through the scientific method.

If you had taken courses in Western philosophy you probably already know everything that I said above about solipsism, idealism and materialism, positivism, empiricism, the scientific method etc.  I have said nothing new to you.  So, you ask: what is new here?

What is new is Professor Wolf’s suggestion that Quantum Mechanics, although not specifically stating it, does not disagree with solipsism.

The founders of quantum mechanics did not talk about solipsism although many of them were fascinated by Hinduism and Buddhism (both Schrodinger and Oppenheimer were active students of Oriental religions and wrote books on them).

Wolf is saying that we can extrapolate from QM to say that solipsism is a scientific possibility.  He did not really elaborate on this suggestion; it was a mere passing reference.

He talked about our tendency to see in other people what we see in ourselves.  Psychoanalysis had told us that we employ the various ego defense mechanisms (such as repression, denial, dissociation, projection, displacement, rationalization, excuse   making, fantasy, avoidance, blaming, perfectionism, sublimation, reaction formation etc).

In projection (ego defense) a person sees some trait in him and does not like it; perhaps, he tries to repress or deny or suppress it.  In time he no longer sees it as in him (Sigmund Freud would say that he has driven the unacceptable trait into his unconscious mind…from where it still influences his thinking and behavior hence his need to understand it) but sees it in other people.  He sees a rejected aspect of himself clearly in other people while not seeing it in him. He incessantly talks about it existing in other people, forgetting that it also exists in him.

In parables folks say that one should first remove the plank in ones eyes before talking about the sand in other peoples eyes; that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Wolf gave the example of a person who sees another person as stubborn and willful.  The person he sees as stubborn and willful is so in the empirical world, thus he is not just talking nonsense.  However, most other people do not particularly concentrate on seeing that person as stubborn and pig headed. Other people, of course, note that that person is pig headed but do not make much ado about it. They live and let live and not go about talking about the pig headed person all the time.  So, why is it that one is always talking about the pig headed person?

Wolf says that the person who is talking about the pig headed person all the time probably feels himself pig headed, denies it and projects it to other people. That is to say that what one sees in other people is in one.  The world then is ones projection.

This does not mean that the pig headed person one sees as out there is not out there. He is out there alright but he is out there as in ones dream.  It is one who projected him out in ones dream; it is one who made him behave in a pig headed manner.

The idea is for one to see ones self clearly by seeing what the pig headed person does and learn about that trait in one.

In other words, one projected a negative characteristic to another person to learn about those characteristic in ones self so as to overcome it in one. One should not concentrate on trying to change the person with the negative characteristic but instead one should try to change such characteristic in one.

The point of the other person is for one to learn from him about one and make changes in one. The idea is not for one to try to change the other fellow. The other fellow is a dream figure in ones dream. One cannot change dream figures. One can only change ones self.

Ones dream figures are saying: look at yourself and to the extent that you see us as bad you think that you are bad; therefore, make changes in you to become your idea of good.

Do not try to change the external world; do not try to change other people; instead, learn from other folks issues to work on those issues in you.

Fred Wolf suggests that this is what we should do. But, instead, most of us concentrate on seeing certain behaviors that we do not like in other people and keep trying to change them. In time we learn that we cannot change other people. The only person we can change is us.

If you are a logical positivist, an empiricist who believes that the world is outside you, what Fred Wolf is saying would, to you, seem like gibberish, pure nonsense. To the positivist the world is external to him; other people are not him; there is separation between him and other people.

What you see in other people is not necessarily what is in you.  You may be sane and see insanity in other people (psychologists and psychiatrists see insane persons and propose to heal them although evidence shows that they have not healed one mentally ill person yet!).

What Fred Wolf said struck home. Why?  I am from Alaigbo; I am an Igbo.  I was largely raised in non Igbo areas of Nigeria and have lived in America during my adulthood.  For most of my life I had nothing to do with Igbos.  A few years ago I came into intense contact with Igbos.

What I saw in Igbos behaviors literally made me want to vomit. Their behaviors were revolting to me. I had worked very hard to seem civilized but here come those who represent what to me seems primitive and repulsive!

I chose to avoid them; I did not want anything to do with them. They were totally unacceptable to me; they behaved like I imagine folks lived three thousand years ago!

I asked myself if, in fact, I came from such a primitive people. I could not believe that I came from a people that I have total contempt for.

What did I see in Igbos that seem despicable to me?  They talk very loudly; they are boastful, self centered and egoistic. In clinical language, many Igbos are narcissistic and paranoid in personality structure; in fact, many of them are anti social in personality structure; the later are largely responsible for Nigerians well know scamming business called 419.

Whereas I have seen many Igbos with aspects of paranoia and delusion disorder, I have not seen those with schizophrenia, paranoid type.

Because I saw these negative traits in Igbos I talked about them a lot. I have written quite a bit on Igbos and their unacceptable behaviors.

Fred Wolf is telling me that what I see in Igbos is what I see in me, perhaps, deny and project it out. That is to say it is I who projected the narcissistic and paranoid behaviors I see in Igbos to them.  What I see in Igbos is what I see in me, repress, dissociate from and displace to others.

This does not mean that what I see in Igbos is not in them. Igbos tend to be narcissistic and paranoid alright. Most Nigerians who come into contact with them see in them what I see in them.

But most people take the obnoxious aspects of Igbo behavior in stride and do not harp on them as I do.  Wolf says that I harp on them because what I see in them is in me (since I am Igbo it does not seem surprising that what I see in Igbos is in me!).   Therefore, instead of talking about narcissism and paranoia in Igbos I should learn about those and to the extent that it is in me heal them and stop trying to heal Igbos, for no human being can heal other persons.

This means that although the Igbos I see are narcissistic and paranoid I should leave them alone and deal with those issues in me.

Since other people, according to solipsism, are literally ones self divided into seeming separated selves and projected out and dissociated from, if one heals the problems one sees in others in ones self one has helped heal them in others.

Igbos are narcissistic and paranoid. If I heal that trait in me I can then model a healed self to my dream figures called Igbos and those who want to become healed would learn and those who want to remain crazy would remain crazy and there is nothing I can do about it and it is not for me to heal and change other people. 

In Hindu solipsism it is Brahman, God, one self that projects out all people. That God self is apparently crazy for if he was not crazy he would not have invented this crazy world. Clearly, our world is pointless and meaningless and a sane God would not have created it. The God who created our insane world must have done so in a moment of insanity. Consider that we are born, work hard to earn a living for our bodies and then those bodies die and rot, become food for worms. Does that make sense to you?

Why would a rational God create a people whose bodies are food being prepared for worms and imagine that he is such a great god for creating food for worms, creating nothing important?

Since one is that God and, as such, is insane if one heals ones self and become sane and since one is also other people one can then help other people to heal their own insanities.

When all of us are healed we return to sanity. To be sane is to return to a state of being that is not body and not separated; a unified spirit state.

Love is sanity. When we love each other we are sane.  At the moment we are insane hence hate and attack each other. 

For our present purposes, Fred Wolf is asking me to stop focusing on what I see in other people but to heal that stuff in me.  The world is my projection and if I want a sane world then I can project out a sane world, a loving world, a unified spiritual world (which Hinduism says already is there in God but we forget it, ignore it and dream that we are a separated people living in bodies; Hinduism wants us to tune out the world of separated bodies, to negate the world of bodies and the egos it houses to experience the world of unified spirit, Brahman).

If you study other peoples mental health issues you are studying your own mental health issues.  You can learn from other peoples mental health issues about your own mental health issues (our primary mental health issue is our belief that we are separated from each other; mental health lies in acceptance of our unified status, a state already there but denied to see separation; we just need to return to the awareness of that state of eternal union).

Every person you see as outside you is an aspect of you. He is you projected out. You are all people. You are all the good and bad people in the world. You project your good aspects to the good people you see out there and project the bad aspects of you to the seeming bad people you see out there. All you can do is learning from all your projections, all aspects of you that there seem to exist out there. 

Consider this dream I had when I was in college.  I am very poor at mathematics. I took some mathematics classes several times to either flunk them or at best receive C grades.  This situation bothered me greatly because ordinarily I saw myself as a smart chap. I had good grades in other subjects.  But try as I did I could never hack it in mathematics.

Mathematics did not make sense to me but since it was required by the college I kept trying to understand it. In the process I had the following dream.

In the dream a professor was teaching algebra. I woke up and went and brought out my mathematics text book and went to the page the professor was teaching from. So, I asked: if a dream figure in my mind understood algebra enough to teach it how come I could not understand that damn thing?

Is it not my mind that produced the professor who obviously was explaining what was in my mathematics text book?  What is the point?

The point is that my mind produced a person who understood mathematics.  My mind produces people good in all sorts’ of things that in the real world I am not good at.  How come?

Could it be that my mind assigned some area to me to be good at and assigned others to other people to be good at?  Was it I who projected the experts in those areas I am not an expert on?

I asked this question when I was an under graduate.  I am yet to satisfactorily answer my question. If the answer is yes then I have accepted solipsism. But I am a logical positivist who sees the world as outside me.

I wish that I could accept solipsism; it would make my life much easier, don’t you think so? 


As noted, Professor Wolf really did not explain quantum solipsism.  However, I gather from reading his various explications of Quantum Mechanics that he would utilize many aspects of QM to prove his solipsistic hypothesis.

Consider John Bell’s theorem. Among other things, Bell showed that correlated (entangled) particles if later separated and placed at opposite ends of the universe respond to a stimulus that each is responding to. If you touch a particle in your room and it responds in a certain manner and a particle that had once come into contact with it but is now millions of miles always from it would respond similarly as if you touched it. Space and time does not seem to matter in this response; the response is instantaneous.

This suggests that there is either no real space separating the two particles (despite the obvious empirical distance between them) or that they are really one particle that seems to be in two locations in space and time. In other words, the particles are non-local in position in space- time.

If you extrapolate from this phenomenon (which many physicists, such as Alan Aspect have demonstrated as empirically true) you can conclude that all matter is one.

Matter is composed of atoms which are composed of particles and since entangled particles know what each other are doing you can reasonably infer that particles are non local, are in touch with each other; and respond to whatever makes others respond.

Since your body is made of atoms and particles and those are correlated with atoms and particles in other people’s bodies, they mutually respond to what makes each to respond.

At a deeper level all the particles in your body are correlated with those in other persons bodies, are one with all the particles in the universe (all particles in people, animals, trees, the earth, the sun and its nine planets, stars, in the entire universe).

One can reasonably conclude that there is no space and time between things.  There is no separation between things; all things are unified, they are all one thing albeit in different forms, the forms being illusions, dreams.

If all things are one could it not be said that all things are in you and you in all things?  If all things are in all things, in you, could it not be possible for you to have projected your world out (as other people did) and see a world you want to be there?

Let us look at Everett’s idea of superposition and extrapolate from it. According to Everett’s many worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, particles behave as wave or particles as the observer wants them to behave. Before you start your experiment they are neither particles nor wave; they are in superposition, in a different state of being (what that state of being is we do not yet know).

What you, the observer wants to find out about matter (wave or particle) make it behave as such for you.

David Deutsch (at OxfordUniversity) has extrapolated from Everett to argue that there are infinite universes and you are in some of those universes.  In some of those universes I am sitting in front of a computer typing this essay, in others I am doing other things. None of the various me knows about the existence of the others since the multiverses are not aware of each other (?).

If there are many universes and we are in them who produced all of us?  Could it be that there is one self that produced all of us?

Could one self be dreaming from each of us, from everything happening in this universe and other universes?

Could you be the one dreaming this world and other worlds?  I do not know but QM makes such a supposition not unrealistic. 

Professor Helen Schucman (Columbia University, New York) came at solipsism from a Gnostic perspective. In her 1200 pages long poem, A course in miracles, she essentially argued that each of us is dreaming this world.  She said that our real selves are the one son of God (who is at the same time infinite in numbers).

In Schucman’s creation myth, one God extended (projected) himself to his son. God gave all of his self, including his creative capabilities to his son.

God‘s son extended, projected to his own son. That way there is God and his infinite sons.

In Schucman’s categories, the son of God wanted to separate from his father and from his brothers. The son of God went to sleep and dream this world and in his dream now seem separated from his father and brothers.

The son of God (you) projected his spirit self and spirit brothers into flesh, the us he sees in his new world of space, time and matter.

As Dr Schucman sees it, the son of God suffered from insanity and as a result denied his real self, which is unified self, and now seems to live as a separated self. He houses his seeming separated self in body and places that body in the universe of space, time and matter. In that separated universe separation seems real.  But it is not real.

Dr. Schucman says that the universe of space, time and matter we see is an illusion, is a dream in our unified mind and does not exist.

In truth we live as God created us: in spirit. We are always in spirit but while in spirit dream that we are separated from spirit and now live in bodies.  Her Gnostic religion is aimed at enabling her students to escape from the world of space, time and matter and return to the awareness of their true self, unified spirit self.

Her unified self is experienced in what she called Holy Instant (which is pretty much like Hindu Samadhi and Buddhist Nirvana), an instant in which one forgets the world of space and time and matter and experiences the unified spirit self and its world.  When one has experienced this state of union, she says that the person is now aware of his true self.

She says that the true self loves all selves hence is enlightened for to love all is to be enlightened to  our true self, a loving, unified self.

The salient point is that professor Wolf’s solipsism has been expressed in non-quantum physics language by other people.  Plotinus, for example, did the same thing in a philosophic discourse book, Enneads, written 2000 years ago.

The question then is: is solipsism true?  I do not know that it is true or not true; however, it seems like an interesting philosophy. What do you think? 


No one has actually seen particles atoms (there are billions of them in any unit of space).  Nevertheless, physicists believe in the existence of particles and as we talk are splitting them at super colliding colliders to see what they are made of (quarks, photons etc).

Particles can behave as particles or waves.  They seem to be in superposition and come out and behave as the observer wants them to behave for him, particles or waves (the double slit experiment demonstrates this fact).  Schrödinger’s cat experiment shows that any number of things can happen and that we cannot determine in advance which one would happen (Indeterminacy principle).  Everett’s experiments says that the Big Bang could have produced infinite worlds, all in superposition and we see the one we want to see, the one we live in.

All these would suggest that the philosophy of scientific materialism is not true.  If matter produced mind and mind affects matter it follows that we cannot really say that matter produced mind.  It seems that mind exist independent of matter and produced the world of matter, space and time; it seems that our individual and collective minds produced our bodies (that bodies do not exist apart from minds, are dream bodies inside mind that projected them out there and make them seem outside mind).

Classical physics had said that matter, space and time are outside our minds but now it seems the other way around. If this is true it follows that A course in miracles and other solipsistic philosophies may not be false, after all!

If the world of space, time and matter is produced by our minds, it follows that our minds can produce difference worlds of space and time (hence have infinite universes) and in this current universe change it with mind? 


The human body is a bunch of photons (distributed into electrons, neutrons, protons). The light particles that make up the human body are continues as wave of light that is every where.  Protons (nucleus) are positively charged and give energy to electrons, electrons which radiate energy, light that the body uses. 


Those into metaphysics see the ego as bad and urge folks to let go of them. They are right, the ego must be let go if one is to experience peace and joy.

Nevertheless, one point must be understood: the ego is how the individual adapted to the realities of his body and physical and social experience; it is a necessary adaptation given the reality confronting him. He must understand that ego adaptation and in so far that it is problematic change what is changeable in it. But what he must not do is feeling bad and guilty for having the type of ego he has.

Adolf Hitler’s ego (desire to be number one and kill folk to become number one) was a necessary adaptation to the exigencies of his weak and pained body and the social environment he lived in (where racism presented non Germans as inferior).  Of course his ego was problematic, as are all egos and had to be understood and changed, transformed into a loving ego and in so doing receive peace and joy, not the war he got from seeking big ego self. 

The poor ego is the most misunderstood phenomenon in the entire universe; it is a false self alright but it is a false self we evolved to adapt to a false world. We live in a false world, a dream world and develop false selves (ego separated selves) to adapt to that dream world and other dream selves, egos.

The ego (that is, the human personality) is a necessary self in this world and as long as folks live in this world they must have egos. If they no longer have egos and thus no longer see themselves in forms, bodies, then they would be loving Christ (still in forms in light bodies)) and eventually in egoless, formless selves as ideas in the world of ideas called God.

The point is for each of us to understand his ego (which is a function of his body and social experience), be gentle with it and then work towards a loving ego, aka Christ self and eventually letting go of all egos and return to unified spirit self. 


Every person in the world, the people you see are aspects of your one self which you dissociated from, separated from and projected out as not you.  All people are part of your one ego self (one ego with many egos).

Some egos are good and some are bad; they all represent your good and bad ego selves.  Your unified ego mind projects out the people you see in your day life and in your night dream life. How this is done you do not understand (call it conscious particle, conscious atom in you doing it in you).

You call some of those you project out God, some Holy Spirit, some Christ, some Satan or Devil, good and bad; they are all part of your one self. 


The atom is a packet of light, heat, and sound, electrical and mechanical energy.  Ultimately, all energy is made of light (when heated it is given motion and sound etc).  Ego being atom and atom being light hidden in protons, neutrons and electrons, clouded light hence ego does not see clearly, does not think clearly, as light that is not obstructed by the house of atom does. 


Thinking is done by conscious photons; conscious particles of light (hence conscious electrons, protons, neutrons), conscious atoms in our brains do our thinking.

Molecules are two or more atoms (of the same kind or different kinds of atoms) bound together by electro magnetic force, gravitational force and the strong and weak nuclear force (intertwining of their electrons).

Organic molecules…from which living biological things come.

Inorganic molecules (compounds) from which non biological things are composed. 


Ego thinking is clouded thinking in atoms; Spiritual thinking is clear thinking by pure photons, light 



God is the son of God and is the ego; God is the Holy Spirit, is Christ; God is the devil, Satan. One force, God takes on different phases and acts as God or his son or the ego; one light  seems divided into parts, photons and in photons (sons of God) seems separated (into electrons, protons, neutrons, atoms). 


It is very easy to get lost considering abstract subjects such as solipsism, quantum mechanics etc.  As I see it, what really matters is whether we love ourselves and love each other. Love is what makes the difference in our lives. Love is the solution to all our problems. Saint Francis of Assisi said: love and the rest are details; to that I say amen.


Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD

October 18, 2012

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(907) 440-4317



Professor Fred Alan Wolf

Professor of Physics

San DiegoStateUniversity

San Diego, California, USA

Read 2904 times
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