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Book Review: How Hippies Saved Physics

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How Hippies Saved Physics is an unconventional approach to quantum theories in physics during the 1970s. This curious group of physicists in Berkeley, California, called themselves the “Fundamental Fysiks Group” to  explore fundamental scientific hypotheses.

This new adventure took the group through quantum theories, Bell’s Theorem and related explorations integrating the science of physics with Eastern thought and even Uri Geller’s demonstrations of physical phenomena through the prism of the mind. Sarfatti argued that quantum mechanics, if properly understood, could explain the psi effects of Uri Geller.

The group is credited with rescuing Bell’s Theorem from virtual oblivion. In essence, quantum objects that once interacted have a common link after separation. Bell used the word nonlocality to describe this phenomenon in the universe of matter.  Nudge a particle here and its partner dances in the distance.

In effect, distance may not be a critical factor in the interaction of particles.
And so, particles must have an identifying characteristic which governs their behavior quite apart from distance. If this is true, there may be implications  for communication from earth to the edge of the universe. Previously, scientists believed that quantum encrypted communication cannot be tapped without destroying the signal.

Clauser published the first experimental results of Bell’s theorem disclosing that the microworld is an entangled nest of nonlocality. This means that the measurement of Particle A more strongly correlates to the measurement of Particle B than any local mechanisms could explain rationally. Greenberger, Horne and Zeilinger clarified Bell’s results incrementally by considering correlated states with 3 or more entangled particles.

Later, Henry Stapp focused on spin correlations in proton-proton scattering experiments and later worked on the discovery of the anti-proton which was received well by colleagues globally. In essence, Henry Stapp provided important insights with regard to the correlations at the heart of Bell’s Theorem.

How Hippies Saved Physics attempts to tie in Bell’s Theorem to psychokinesis, time travel and the Jung world of the unconscious. Does human consciousness continue even after death? Who knows for sure?

Many psychological concepts were originally proposed by Jung including the Collective Unconscious, the Complex,  and synchronicity. A popular psychometric instrument, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), is an outgrowth of
Jung’s theories as are other inventions.

How Hippies Saved Physics is an unconventional thrust into new areas of physics which remained virtually unexplored previously.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
  • Mike Edwards

    I’m currently reading How the Hippies Saved Physics and I have to say that in reading your review, it occurred to me that you had only read the cover blurbs.