Fred Alan Wolf, PhD, is a theoretical physicist who left academia and has spent his career exploring the mystical realms where consciousness and physics interface. He received the National Book Award for Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Non-Scientists. His other books include The Spiritual Universe: How Quantum Physics Proves the Existence of the Soul, The Dreaming Universe: A Mind-Expanding Journey into the Realm Where Psyche and Physics Meet, Parallel Universes: The Search for Other Worlds, The Eagle’s Quest: A Physicist Find Scientific Truth at the Heart of the Shamanic World, Space Time and Beyond, Mind Into Matter: A New Alchemy of Science and Spirit, Matter Into Feeling, Dr. Quantum’s Little Book of Big Ideas, The Yoga of Time Travel: How the Mind Can Defeat Time, and Time Loops and Space Twists: How God Created the Universe.
Here he discusses Einstein’s thought experiment, imagining what it would be like riding on a photon at the speed of light. He notes that many experiments have now shown conclusively that time actually slows down as one’s speed approaches the speed of light. This phenomena is related to the lifespan of pi meson sub-atomic particles as their speed approaches that of light. At the speed of light, itself, time stops completely and space also disappears. Thus, one might say that a photon is located everywhere in time and space at once. He also points out that Einstein developed the notion of “space-time” as a single concept or “block” of measurement. In addition, the “now” moment is relative to each observer and not necessarily simultaneous for everyone.
(Recorded on October 14, 2015)
Published on October 16, 2015