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Coast to Coast - 2023-01-25 - Wolfgang Smith - Ontology & Physics

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Wednesday - January 25 2023

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Wolfgang Smith

Wolfgang Smith is a mathematician, physicist, and philosopher whose Philos-Sophia Initiative promotes a worldview that integrates the fundamental discoveries of physics into the perennial wisdom of humankind. In the first half, he discussed what he considers the errors of Einstein and how scientific communities ignore higher levels of human existence beyond the physical realm. According to Smith, the main problem with Einstein's theories is that they do not comport with quantum mechanics. "Einsteinian physics was...a bridge too far. In other words, it doesn't really work," and some recent experiments did not verify his findings, he continued. Further, quantum phenomena have not been shown to be the building blocks of existence.

Smith also talked about ontology, the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of being, and how he sides with a Platonist ontology and view of physics. Past the corporeal level of existence (subject to time and space), there is an intermediary level that is only subjected to time, and at the highest, there is neither time nor space, he explained. The Platonist ontology is very similar to what you find in the Vedic (ancient Indian) tradition, he suggested. In the 1960s, Smith traveled to India to study with Hindu monks and yogis and became convinced that their practices were highly effective and profound.


Almost one hundred years ago, the project to reduce the world to mathematical physics failed suddenly and completely: “One of the best-kept secrets of science,” physicist Nick Herbert writes, “is that physicists have lost their grip on reality.” The world, we are now told, emerges spontaneously, out of “nothing,” and constitutes a “multiverse,” where “anything that can happen will happen, and it will happen an infinite number of times.” Legendary reclusive genius Wolfgang Smith demonstrates on shockingly obvious grounds the dead end at which physics has arrived, and how we can “return, at last, to the real world.” "The End of Quantum Reality" introduces this extraordinary man to a contemporary audience which has, perhaps, never encountered a true philos-sophia, one as intimately at ease with the rigors of quantum physics as with the greatest schools of human wisdom.