Jack Sarfatti

Jack Sarfatti

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Jack Sarfatti (born September 14, 1939) is an American theoretical physicist and the author of a number of popular works on quantum physics and consciousness. He is known for his iconoclastic ideas, and is interested in what he sees as the breakdown of the paradigm that posits science and the humanities as separate disciplines, arguing that physics — which he calls "the Conceptual Art of the late 20th Century" — [ [http://www.disinfo.com/archive/pages/article/id773/pg1/ weird science] ] has replaced philosophy as the unifying force between science and art. [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1997/08/17/SC46892.DTL The Universe, As Seen From North Beach] ]

Sarfatti's main interests lie in Timothy Leary's "SMI²LE" program of space migration, intelligence increase, and life extension. [ [http://www.disinfo.com/archive/pages/article/id773/pg1/ weird science] ] His views include Colonel Phillip J. Corso's speculation that UFOs may be of extraterrestrial origin or could be "terrestrial time ships" originating from our own future; that parapsychological phenomena may be real; that "retro-causal" (future-to-past) faster-than-light communication may be possible; and that space travel could be achieved by a controlled, possibly "psychokinetic" (mind manipulating matter), local warping of "emergent curved and torsioned" spacetime. [ [http://stardrive.org/ufos.shtml UFOs and the New Physics] ] in "the fuselage of the flying saucer using nano-engineered 2D quantum wells with anyon condensates" ("Super Cosmos").

He is the author of the self-published books "Super Cosmos" (2005), "Destiny Matrix" (2002), and "Space: Time And Beyond II (Dark Energy)" (2002), and co-author with Fred Alan Wolf and Bob Toben of "Space-Time and Beyond: Toward an Explanation of the Unexplainable" (1982). He is a frequent contributor to Usenet [ [http://groups.google.com/groups?q=author%3ASarfatti&qt_s=Search Google Groups search] ] and has set up a website where he discusses his ideas. [ [http://stardrive.org Stardrive] ]

Academic background

Sarfatti was born in Brooklyn, New York to Hyman Sarfatti, an Italian Sephardi Jew from Macedonia and his wife Mildred. [ [http://www.qedcorp.com/pcr/pcr/si05.html UFOs and the New Physics] ] [ [http://hnn.us/readcomment.php?id=15653 Stephen Schwartz lies] ] [ [http://www.stardrive.org/Jack/dad.pdf My Story by Hyman Sarfatti] (pdf)]

He completed his B.A. in physics at Cornell University in 1960, where he wrote an honors thesis under the guidance of Hans Bethe, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1967. His first published paper, "Quantum-Mechanical Correlation Theory of Electromagnetic Fields," appeared in 1963 in "Nuovo Cimento", the journal of the Italian Physical Society.

He obtained his Master's, also in physics, from University of California, San Diego in 1967, and in the same year, "The Goldstone Theorem in the Jahn-Teller Effect," which he co-authored with Marshall Stoneham, was published in "Proceedings of the Physical Society of London", and "Laser Self-Focusing Analogue to the Landau-Ginzburg Equation of Type II Superconductivity" in "Physics Letters". [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1997/08/17/SC46892.DTL The Universe, As Seen From North Beach] ]

From 1967-71, he worked as an assistant professor of physics at San Diego State University, obtaining his Ph.D from University of California, Riverside in 1969, where he wrote his thesis under the supervision of Fred Cummings. In 1970, he and Cummings co-authored "Beyond the Hartree-Fock Theory in Superfluid Helium," which was published in "Physica Scripta" in Switzerland. [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1997/08/17/SC46892.DTL The Universe, As Seen From North Beach] ]

From 1971-2, he was employed as a research fellow under David Bohm, the American quantum physicist, at Birkbeck College, London. [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1997/08/17/SC46892.DTL The Universe, As Seen From North Beach] ]

From 1973-4, he worked with Abdus Salam, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979, at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.

He then left academia. In 1975, Dr. Sarfatti founded the "Physics Consciousness Research Group" to do research on parapsychological phenomenon such as telepathy. This research group was funded by Werner Erhard.

Thereafter, he worked at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. In 1999-2000 at Joe Firmage's ISSO exotic propulsion group in San Francisco with a budget of several million dollars. [ [http://www.cnn.com/US/9901/12/planetary.executive/index.html CNN - Silicon Valley CEO continues alien quest despite skeptics - January 12, 1999 ] ] Fact|date=February 2007

Observation of Uri Geller

On June 21, 1974, Sarfatti was one of a number of scientists and other interested parties — a group that included Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur Koestler, David Bohm, John G. Taylor, Bernard Carr, [ "Can Psychical Research Bridge the Gulf Between Matter and Mind?" Bernard Carr "Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research", Vol 59 Part 221 June 2008 ] and John Hasted — who conducted observations of Uri Geller while the latter displayed what he said was telekinetic energy.

Sarfatti was initially impressed by Geller, and commented: "My personal professional judgement as a Ph.D. physicist is that Geller demonstrated genuine psychoenergetic ability at Birkbeck, which is beyond the doubt of any reasonable man, under relatively well-controlled and repeatable experimental conditions." ["Science News", vol. 106, July 20, 1974, p. 46.] He later revised this opinion after discussing the matter with James Randi. He wrote in a letter: "On the basis of further experience in the art of conjuring, I wish to retract my endorsement of Uri Geller's psychoenergetic authenticity." ["Science News", December 6, 1975, p. 355.]

Bernard Carr on Jack Sarfatti

Bernard Carr makes the following comment that outlines some of Jack Sarfatti's ideas regarding the relationship of quantum theory and consciousness:

**"More generally, Jack Sarfatti [ Jack Sarfatti, 1998, with M.C. Levit, [http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/9704029 "Are the Bader Laplacian and the Bohm Quantum Potential Equivalent?"] , "Causality & Locality in Modern Physics" (Series: Fundamental Theories in Physics, Vol 97), Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp 353-358. ISBN 0-7923-5227-0 ] has argued that signal non-locality could still be allowed in some form of ‘post-quantum’ theory which incorporates consciousness. He regards signal non-locality as the micro-quantum limit of a more general non-equilibrium macro-quantum theory. The relationship between micro and macro quantum theory is then similar to that between special and general relativity, with consciousness being intrinsically non-local and analogous to curvature. His model involves non-linear corrections to the Schrödinger equation and may permit retrocausal and remote viewing effects (2002)." [ "Can Psychical Research Bridge the Gulf Between Matter and Mind?" Bernard Carr "Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research", Vol 59 Part 221 June 2008 Page 30 ]


Written works

*Sarfatti, Jack. 2008, [http://mail.df.unipi.it/~elze/DICE2008.html "Emergent Gravity as a Macro-Quantum Coherent Vacuum Field"] .
*Sarfatti, Jack. 2006, [http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0602022 "Emergent Gravity: String Theory Without String Theory"] , ArXiv.org.
*----, 2004, [http://scienca.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=21 "Einstein Gravity with Dark Energy and Dark Matter as Sakharov Metric Elasticity"] , "GR17 Dublin 2004: 17th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation: Book of Abstracts", p. 181.
*----, 2004, [http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:hBNHazh3zTkJ:www.qedcorp.com/London/03-Sarfatti-P.pdf+%22Wheeler%27s+World%22+sarfatti&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=1 "Wheeler's World"] , "Developments in Quantum Physics", Nova Publishers, pp 41-84. ISBN 1-59454-003-9
*----, 2003, [http://www.aps.org/meet/MAR03/baps/abs/S5150006.html "Macro-Quantum Origin of Gravity and Quintessence"] , Papers at APS Austin & Philadelphia published in APS Abstracts for those meetings. "Bulletin of the American Physical Society", Vol 48, No 1, Part II, N35-6, p. 832.
*----, 2002, "Space-Time and Beyond 2: Dark Energy", AuthorHouse. ISBN 1-4033-9022-3
*----, 2002, [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=2002gchr.conf..419S&db_key=AST&data_type=HTML&format= "Progress in Post-Quantum Physics and Unified Field Theory"] , "Gravitation and Cosmology: From the Hubble Radius to the Planck Scale" (Series: Fundamental Theories of Physics, Vol 126), Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp 419-430. ISBN 1-4020-0885-6
*----, 1998, with M.C. Levit, [http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/9704029 "Are the Bader Laplacian and the Bohm Quantum Potential Equivalent?"] , "Causality & Locality in Modern Physics" (Series: Fundamental Theories in Physics, Vol 97), Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp 353-358. ISBN 0-7923-5227-0
*----, 1998, [http://www.qedcorp.com/pcr/vigier/slides/Vigier1.htm "Beyond Bohm-Vigier Quantum Mechanics"] , "Causality & Locality in Modern Physics", (Series: Fundamental Theories in Physics, Vol 97), Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp 403-410. ISBN 0-7923-5227-0
*----, 1991, [http://www.physicsessays.com/toc.asp?nmb=04 "Design for a Superluminal Signaling Device,"] , "Physics Essays", Vol 4, No 3, Sep 1991, pp 315-336.
*----, 1977, "Higher Intelligence is Us in the Future", in "Spit in the Ocean", Fall 1977, No. 3, Ken Kesey, pub., Tim Leary, ed.
*----, 1975, "The Physical Roots of Consciousness" in Mishlove, Jeffrey, "The Roots of Consciousness", pp 279-290. ISBN 0-394-73115-8
*----, 1975, "Space-Time and Beyond", with Fred Alan Wolf and Bob Toben, E. P. Dutton. ISBN 0-525-47399-8
*----, 1974, "The Dirac Equation and General Relativity," "Foundations of Physics".
*----, 1973, "Regge Trajectories as Rotation Black Holes in Strong Gravity", "Collective Phenomena", H. Frohlich & F.W. Cummings, eds.
*----, 1971, "On mini black holes", short note in "Nature Physical Science".
*----, 1970, "Beyond the Hartree-Fock Theory in Superfluid Helium," with Fred Cummings, in "Physica Scripta" (Switzerland).
*----, 1969, [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=1969PhLA...30..300S&db_key=PHY&data_type=HTML&format= "Destruction of Superflow in Unsaturated 4He Films and the Prediction of a New Crystalline Phase of 4He with Bose-Einstein Condensation"] , "Physics Letters", Vol 30A, No 5, Nov 1969, pp 300-301.
*----, 1967, "Laser Self-Focusing Analogue to the Landau-Ginzburg Equation of Type II Superconductivity", "Physics Letters".
*----, 1967, "The Goldstone Theorem in the Jahn-Teller Effect", with Marshall Stoneham, "Proceedings of the Physical Society|Proceedings of the Physical Society of London] ", cited as a major paper in "AIP Resource Letter on Symmetry in Physics", 1980 (done at United Kingdom Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, Didcot, Berks).
*----, 1963 "Quantum-Mechanical Correlation Theory of Electromagnetic Fields," "Nuovo Cimento" (journal of the Italian Physical Society).


*Paramount Pictures "Star Trek IV" DVD has commentary on time travel by Sarfatti: "Time Travel: The Art of the Possible" runs eleven minutes and 14 seconds and provides information from 'three prominent quantum physicists'. We get comments from Dr. Nick Herbert, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, and Dr. Jack Sarfatti." [ [http://dvdmg.com/startrek4se.shtml Star Trek IV commentary] ]

Mention of Jack Sarfatti in books by other authors

*Sarfatti's ideas on physics and consciousness have been cited in a number of popular and scholarly books, including "Cosmic Trigger" by Robert Anton Wilson, "Bohemia" by Herbert Gold, "Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension" by mathematician Rudy Rucker, "The Oxford Handbook of Free Will" edited by philosopher Robert Kane, "White Holes" by physicist John Gribbon, "Rocket Dreams" by Marina Benjamin, books by Stanislav Grof, "Dancing in the Light" by Shirley MacLaine, "The Dancing Wu Li Masters" by Gary Zukav and "Exo-Psychology" (Reprinted in second edition as "Info-Psychology") by Timothy Leary. Sharon Weinberger, an editor at Aviation Week, mentions Sarfatti in her book "Imaginary Weapons", in reference to his early work with Hans Bethe at Cornell on the idea for a nuclear isomer gamma ray laser.


Further reading

* [http://destinymatrix.blogspot.com/ destinymatrix ] Sarfatti's blog
*Rothman, Milton. [http://www.csicop.org/sb/9609/internet.html "Reality check"] at CSICOP site
*Zukav, Gary. "The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics", 1979, ISBN 0-06-095968-1
* [http://www.qedcorp.com/pcr/pcr/sar.html A webpage about Sarfatti at qedcorp]
*Talbot, Michael. "Mysticism and the New Physics",1993, revised, updated, ARKANA, Penguin, pp 2,25,28-9,36,40,42,56,57,59,67,87,89,97,122,125 on "behavior of particles", "consciousness". "fields", "gravitons, "participator", "quantum principles", "time ordering", "wormhole connections."


*Burns, Alex. [http://www.disinfo.com/archive/pages/article/id773/pg1/ "Weird Science"] , "Disinformation", January 28, 2001
*Rodrigues, Waldyr. [http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/gr-qc/0602111 "A Comment on Emergent Gravity"] , "arXiv.org", gr-qc/0602111
*Schwartz, Stephen. [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1997/08/17/SC46892.DTL "The Universe, as seen from North Beach"] , "San Francisco Chronicle", August 17, 1997

External links

* [http://stardrive.org Sarfatti's website]
* [http://www.qedcorp.com Another of Sarfatti's websites]
* [http://www.defensetech.org/archives/002493.html Among the Fringe]
* [http://sharonweinberger.com/?p=60 The Other History of Star Wars]

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