Jack Sarfatti
American physicist
Jack Sarfatti
Jack Sarfatti is an American theoretical physicist specializing in the relationship between quantum physics and consciousness. Working largely outside academia, he argues that mind may be crucial to the structure of matter, that retrocausality may be possible, and that physics—which he calls the "Conceptual Art of the late 20th Century"—has replaced philosophy as the unifying force between science and art.
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Comment on Multiple UFO Ring Videos Proof Wormholes Exist? by Jack Sarfatti
DBKP - Death By 1000 Papercuts - almost 5 years
Aha! Thanks. A mundane explanation preferred. On Mar 7, 2012, at 12:48 PM, brumac@compuserve.com wrote: I looked up the name of the long focal length lens (shirokofokusnym) and could only get articles about the sighting. My guess: this is a Cassegrain type telescope with an obscuration at the center of the input aperture (the obscuration is a circular mirror that reflects light to a hole in the primary). When such a lens is out of focus and is pointed at a distant light llike a planet/star it creates a bright disc of light with a dark hole in the center. 1. this can explain the “ring” image 2. the colors and the shifting around of colors in the ring could result from atmospheric effects – twinkling- in which the atmosphere acts as a refractive medium and causes the various color components of a white distant light (planet, star) to hit the focal plane at various different places (a “random prism” effect). This color twinkling is most evident when the light source is n ...
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Physics: Quantum outsiders - Nature.com (subscription)
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In the 1970s, Jack Sarfatti, Saul-Paul Sirag, Fred Alan Wolf and others in the Fundamental Fysiks Group opened up discussions of quantum mechanics. These radical concepts led to the field of quantum information science and the emergence of ultra-secure
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Hippie Physics - CBC.ca
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We started this segment with a clip from physicist Jack Sarfatti. Perhaps not as famous as Neils Bohr or Albert Einstein, but according to MIT Cosmologist David Kaiser, Sarfatti holds an important place in science history, too .... part of a group of
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Flower power meets quantum theory - Pune Mirror
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Its core members, which included physicists Jack Sarfatti, Fred Alan Wolf and Elizabeth Rauscher, even persuaded the great Richard Feynman to attend discussion sessions at the Esalen Institute on the spectacular rocky coast of northern California
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Hippie days: How a handful of countercultural scientists changed the course of ... - PhysOrg.com
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Standing, left to right: Jack Sarfatti, Saul-Paul Sirag, Nick Herbert; bottom corner: Fred Alan Wolf. Photo courtesy of Fred Alan Wolf Every Friday afternoon for several years in the 1970s, a group of underemployed quantum physicists met at Lawrence
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Merry-Prankster Physicists - Wall Street Journal
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'Countercultural' physicists Jack Sarfatti, Saul-Paul Sirag, Nick Herbert and Fred Alan Wolf (kneeling), circa 1975. By David Kaiser I heartily enjoyed "How the Hippies Saved Physics," even if readers should take some of its assertions with a pinch of
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Psychedelic Universe
NYTimes - over 5 years
HOW THE HIPPIES SAVED PHYSICS Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival By David Kaiser Illustrated. 372 pp. W. W. Norton & Company. $26.95. ''What the Bleep Do We Know!?,'' a spaced-out concoction of quasi physics and neuroscience that appeared several years ago, promised moviegoers that they could hop between parallel universes and leap
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What Physics Owes the Counterculture - New York Times
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Members of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, circa 1975; clockwise from left: Jack Sarfatti, Saul-Paul Sirag, Nick Herbert and Fred Alan Wolf. By David Kaiser Dr. Quantum was a cartoon rendition of Fred Alan Wolf, who resigned from the physics faculty at
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NSA, Psychic Rapture, Thomas Drake and Espionage: What we know - American Chronicle
Google News - almost 6 years
Later, during a 2005 video interview with Smith, Dr. Jack Sarfatti, a physicist, claims Pandolfi came to see him in San Francisco with questions about Dr. Hal Puthoff, a former CIA scientist who worked on psychic research, and Bob Bigelow,
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NYTimes - about 31 years
WOULD a falling tree make a sound if no observer were present to hear it? Does anything in the universe have a real existence independent of the act of observation, and if so, what does ''real'' mean? Could a ''reality'' prevailing at one point in the universe instantaneously reflect a change in a corresponding ''reality'' at some astronomically
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Sarfatti
  • 2016
    Age 76
    He is scheduled to give a talk there at the third workshop June 15–16, 2016 on "Bohm Pilot Wave Post-Quantum Theory" https://www.academia.edu/23188108/Bohmian_Post-Quantum_Theory.
    More Details Hide Details The video of this talk is here https://vimeo.com/171013596
  • 2010
    Age 70
    In 2010 Sarfatti was among 30 people invited to join a working group, the 100-Year Starship study, financed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and NASA's Ames Research Center, to discuss how interstellar space flight might be achieved.
    More Details Hide Details Sarfatti was invited by Creon Levit of NASA, who told the BBC that Sarfatti is able to discuss unusual ideas without worrying about the effect on his career: "Although his interests and style are outside of the mainstream, he is a fully pedigreed physicist and he knows as much or more than mainstream physicists. When he talks about warp drives, he knows what he's talking about. He knows he's speculating." Books Papers * Merali, Zeeya. "Back From the Future", Discover magazine, April 2010.
    Sarfatti was one of three physicists whose invitations to a conference on de Broglie-Bohm theory—organized in 2010 by Mike Towler of the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory—were withdrawn.
    More Details Hide Details Antony Valentini, another organizer, withdrew invitations from Sarfatti; F. David Peat, David Bohm's biographer; and Brian Josephson, who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physics. According to Times Higher Education (THE), Peat's invitation was withdrawn because he had written about Jungian synchronicity and Josephson's because of his interest in parapsychology. Peat's and Josephson's invitations were restored; THE did not explain why Sarfatti was uninvited.
  • 2006
    Age 66
    Sarfatti has attended two workshops of the AAAS on quantum retrocausality in 2006 and 2011 at the University of San Diego directed by Professor Daniel Sheehan of the physics department there.
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  • 2002
    Age 62
    Between 2002 and 2005 he self-published three books, Destiny Matrix (2002), Space-Time and Beyond II (2002), and Super Cosmos: Through Struggles to the Stars (2005).
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  • 1999
    Age 59
    In 1999 Sarfatti was appointed by the International Space Sciences Organization, a group set up by Joe Firmage, the Internet entrepreneur, to explore mind-matter issues.
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  • 1995
    Age 55
    In 1995 he set up the Internet Science Education Project, with a website, Stardrive, and in the same year he and his brother Michael set up websites for charities in San Francisco, such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Hebrew Academy.
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  • 1986
    Age 46
    Sarfatti continued to attend academic meetings. In February 1986 he argued during a meeting at the New York Academy of Sciences that faster-than-light communication was possible using time loops, and said he had tried to persuade the Defense Department to fund the research.
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  • 1978
    Age 38
    In May 1978 Sarfatti filed for a patent for a "faster-than-light quantum communication system," which would be able, he said, to transmit a human voice instantly across vast distances without any possibility of eavesdropping.
    More Details Hide Details That there could be no eavesdropping is now a feature of quantum cryptography, which did not exist in 1978. However, like Nick Herbert's FLASH (discussed by Kaiser) that led to the no-cloning theorem. Sarfatti's design also did not work because it depended on orthodox quantum theory whose linearity and Born probability rule assumptions forbid such communication between different subsystems of an entangled system. Sarfatti's research in this field has continued and is summarized here by John Walker: https://ricochet.com/saturday-night-science-flying-saucers-explained/ Sarfatti has introduced a new concept "back activity" nonlinear non-unitary "post-quantum physics," which is to quantum theory as general relativity is to special relativity. Using the work of David Bohm on pilot wave theory (1952) as extended by Yakir Aharonov and most recently by R. I. Sutherland http://arxiv.org/abs/1509.02442, Sarfatti no longer uses the word "superluminal" which contradicts at least the spirit of Einstein's relativity if not the letter. It has been shown by Huw Price et-al http://prce.hu/centre_for_time/jtf/retro.html that retrocausal future causes of present effects explains what appears to be superluminal entanglement completely consistent with relativity. The post-quantum back-reaction of Bohm's "hidden variable" (aka "be able" J.S. Bell) on its pilot wave enables effective communication between parts of an entangled whole in violation of the no-signaling theorems of orthodox quantum theory. Post-quantum theory has been shown by Antony Valentini to permit hyper-computation in which P = NP http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0203049.
  • 1976
    Age 36
    Erhard introduced Sarfatti to Michael Murphy of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. In January 1976 Sarfatti and the Physics–Consciousness Research Group gathered there for a month-long conference on physics and consciousness.
    More Details Hide Details Sarfatti was the conference's intellectual director, and wrote to major figures asking them to address it. Gary Zukav's best-selling The Dancing Wu Li Masters (1979) was organized around his attendance at this conference; he and Sarfatti were roommates in North Beach at the time. The conference apart, the Esalen group held regular workshops on quantum theory, with physicists mixing lectures with yoga and sessions in the hot tubs. "Exactly when and why Leary began to formulate SMI2LE is unclear. Jack Sarfatti, a physicist who started the Physics/ Consciousness Research Group in Berkeley, claimed that Leary’s inspiration came from an unexpected source: General Douglas MacArthur. Leary, Sarfatti said, was really MacArthur’s “lovechild.” The general-to-be often danced "with Leary’s mother when Leary was in utero, and Leary’s father was an army dentist who supposedly had MacArthur as a patient. 38 And MacArthur, Sarfatti pointed out, made some astonishing prototranshumanist predictions near the end of his life. Tomorrow’s cadets, the retired general told West Pointers in 1962, would experience humanity’s “staggering evolution” as people harnessed “cosmic energy” and created “disease preventatives to expand life into the hundreds of years” and “space ships to the moon.” All this was preparation for, MacArthur mused, some final apocalyptic conflict with “the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy.” 39 By Sarfatti’s tortuous reasoning, Leary’s parents knew MacArthur, Leary had (briefly) attended West Point, and MacArthur spoke about some prototranshumanist ideas, thus sparking Leary’s imagination—QED.... "Besides Leary and Wilson, the workshop featured longevity researchers and advocates from the Bay Area Cryonics Society.
  • 1975
    Age 35
    In January 1975 Erhard and the physicists formally set up a non-profit think tank, the Physics–Consciousness Research Group, with Sarfatti as president and Saul-Paul Sirag vice-president.
    More Details Hide Details Funded by Erhard, they held lectures, published pamphlets, and staged an opera in a Bay Area park about quantum physics and the brain.
    Sarfatti's retraction in 1975 was made under intense pressure from Phil Morrison and James Randi.
    More Details Hide Details Outside government, groups within the human potential movement were also interested in quantum theory. Werner Erhard, founder of Erhard Seminars Training (EST), moved to the Bay Area and came into contact with Sarfatti and Fred Alan Wolf.
  • 1974
    Age 34
    Sarfatti and Fred Wolf helped to organize a series of tests at Birkbeck College, London, led by John Hasted. On June 21 and 22, 1974, Hasted and Sarfatti joined David Bohm, Arthur Koestler, Arthur C. Clarke, and two of Geller's associates, Ted Bastin and Brendan O'Regan, to watch Geller appear to bend four brass Yale keys and a 1 cm disk, affect a Geiger counter and deflect a compass needle.
    More Details Hide Details Hanlon wrote that any good magician could have bent the keys, no matter how closely the observers believed they were watching. Sarfatti issued press releases saying he believed Geller had demonstrated psychokinetic ability, statements picked up by Science News and the international media. Hasted, Bohm, Bastin and O'Regan described the experiments in Nature in April 1975. Sarfatti retracted his view in December that year after watching magician James Randi perform the same trick. However, the photograph of Sarfatti with Uri Geller on this page is from 2006. Sarfatti thinks Geller does have some kind of anomalous ability even though the tests at Birkbeck may have been flawed.
    In 1974 Sarfatti and the Fundamental Fysiks Group were hired by the Stanford Research Institute to help with its research into Uri Geller.
    More Details Hide Details Geller, an Israeli, maintained that he could bend spoons and control watches using only his thoughts. The SRI studies, led by laser physicists Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, began in November 1972 and resulted in a paper in Nature in October 1974. According to Kaiser, SRI asked Sarfatti and the group to use quantum theory, and specifically Bell's theorem, to explain what Geller appeared to be doing. Joseph Hanlon wrote in New Scientist at the time that the SRI tests had been conducted in a "circus atmosphere," with Geller in control. Hanlon's view is contradicted here http://www.remoteviewed.com/remote_viewing_history_military.htm
  • 1973
    Age 33
    In 1973–1974 he conducted research into mini black holes at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details At around this time he decided to leave academia, seeing it as too sterile. Sarfatti's politics, as noted by Kaiser, leans to the right and he opposes the left progressive "cultural Marxism" of the majority of professors in American Universities who he considers as "The Enemy Within". Indeed, Sarfatti's work with Lawry Chickering at the neoconservative Reagan think tank Institute for Contemporary Studies in the 1980s is mentioned by Kaiser. Sarfatti is close friends for over forty years with conservative talk show host Michael Savage. Sarfatti became a leading member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, an informal group of physicists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the 1970s. The group—"very smart and very playful," according to David Kaiser—was founded by Elizabeth Rauscher and included Henry Stapp, Fred Alan Wolf, Nick Herbert, Fritjof Capra, John Clauser, Philippe Eberhard, Saul-Paul Sirag and George Weissman.
  • 1967
    Age 27
    From 1967 to 1971 Sarfatti worked as assistant professor of physics at San Diego State University, and in 1971–1972 held a research fellowship at Birkbeck College, London, where he worked with David Bohm.
    More Details Hide Details He also studied at the Cornell Space Science Centre, the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment, and the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich.
  • 1960
    Age 20
    In 1960 he obtained his BA in physics from Cornell University, and in 1963 published his first paper, "Quantum-Mechanical Correlation Theory of Electromagnetic Fields," in Nuovo Cimento, the journal of the Italian Physical Society.
    More Details Hide Details He obtained his MS in physics in 1967 from the University of California, San Diego, and his PhD in 1969 from the University of California, Riverside—where he studied under Fred Cummings—for a thesis entitled "Gauge Invariance in the Theory of Superfluidity." He and Cummings co-wrote a paper, "Beyond the Hartree-Fock Theory in Superfluid Helium," published in Physica Scripta in 1970.
  • 1956
    Age 16
    Sarfatti attended Midwood High School in Flatbush, Brooklyn, graduating in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details In Destiny Matrix (2002), Sarfatti wrote that, when he was 13, he received at least one telephone call from a voice that said it was a conscious computer on a spaceship. The voice said he had been identified as "one of 400 bright young receptive minds," and that he would be picked up shortly from his building's fire escape. He and several friends waited, he wrote, but nothing happened.
  • 1939
    Born on September 14, 1939.
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