and psi phenomena
with quantum effects
We are living at a unique historical time in the history of mankind; a time when the old divisions between matter and spirit are clearly giving way to a newer, unified theory. A time when this information can be disseminated through the power of the Internet and easily researched by anyone willing to take the time to do so.
Some scientists who have studied and researched matters of life and death have come to the conclusion that there is something happening, unaccounted for in classical science, and needs to be explained. It’s very important work and we can’t expect Cambridge University professors to break off from their busy schedules for anything less. Through dialogue with these professors, we aim to better understand this world that we live in and our higher consciousness.
In the hot seat today is a man who studied at Cambridge University and returned as a professor. His CV reads like an epic novel. He is one of the world’s top experts on the melting of our polar ice caps and leads the Polar Ocean Physics group studying the effects of global warming on sea ice, icebergs and the polar oceans. Professor of Ocean Physics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge, Peter Wadhams Sc.D., has led over 40 polar field expeditions including five voyages to the North Pole in nuclear submarines. Amongst his many prizes, Professor Wadhams has been awarded the Polar Medal by HM the Queen and the Italgas Prize for Environmental Sciences. He was also a research assistant on the research ship “Hudson” on the “Hudson-70” expedition (1969-70) which accomplished the first circumnavigation of the Americas and has also held the post of Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. We could go on, but I think you’ll agree – we have a giant of a man in our presence today.
But why is Spirit Today interviewing one of the world’s leading experts on global warming I hear you ask?
Well, that’s where it gets interesting. Very interesting indeed. Please read on to find out why…
Enter Professor Wadhams
Q: Professor Wadhams it’s a great honour to have you take some time out of your busy schedule for this interview. Thank you very much indeed. May I address you as Peter?
Q: Thank you. You have many research interests but what are you currently working on?
Peter: Mainly on the thinning of Arctic sea ice and the implications of its disappearance for the acceleration of global warming.
Q: You have researched this area extensively but we have done next to nothing about climate change for two decades. What would you have done 20 years ago that might have prevented the current situation?
Peter: In Britain 23 years ago we had Margaret Thatcher. For all her faults she alone of UK politicians actually understood climate change (she trained as a chemist) and tried to do something about it. She set up the Hadley Centre for climate modelling but was then kicked out over the poll tax. Since then we have had a hopeless succession of moral cowards who have done nothing. So I suppose the answer to your question, for the UK, is “I would have kept Thatcher in power”. More practically I would have gone, both in UK and worldwide, for a crash programme of nuclear reactor building, focussing on safe systems like the thorium cycle or the pebble bed reactor. Nuclear power is the only way to keep energy flowing to maintain an industrial society without emitting carbon, and it amazes me that people shy away from it. We can’t afford to.
Q: Are politicians and the public any more attuned to climate change than say 20 years ago?
Peter: Politicians – no; they are ignorant and morally cowardly. People – yes. When I give talks on climate change I get really intelligent, thoughtful and concerned feedback from the audience. People really care, want to do something, and are very frightened at where global warming is going to take us.
Peter: There is no typical day in the Arctic. From a camp or a ship we go out and measure ice properties, or send out vehicles under the ice, or fly around doing measurements
Q: Any interesting stories from your trips there?
Peter: In 2007 I nearly died when an accident occurred on board a submarine under the ice. In fact two sailors died in an explosion, we had a fire, and we had to use breathing masks for three hours until we could surface through ice. It was terrifying. But it was interesting that in all the apparently dangerous field work I have done from ice camps, icebreakers, helicopters etc, I have never been nearer to death than when I was in what is claimed to be a very safe and comfortable system, the military submarine.
Q: I’m sure that was very frightening. Please tell us about your hobbies Peter, how do you like to relax?
Peter: I love to paint, write humorous songs for the guitar and go sailing, but have very little time to do any of those things.
Q: I’m also aware that you have a keen interest in the work of one of Britain’s most decorated scientists of yesteryear, Sir William Crookes FRS?
Peter: Yes, I have always been interested in psychical research. I joined the SPR at a very young age and was the research officer for Cambridge University when I was a student. It seems to me that this is one of the most important fields of science, shamefully neglected and censored through the complacency and moral cowardice of establishment scientists.
Peter: A great man. He discovered thallium, did basic research on cathode rays (discovered “Crookes dark space”) and radiation (Crookes radiometer), was President of the Royal Society, and of course had the courage to test a medium and honestly state that he found her phenomena genuine.
Q: Could you summarise his work?
Peter: As above! As well as testing the medium Florence Cook, he did a lot of careful experiments on the medium Daniel Dunglas Home, building apparatus that Home had to influence (bending levers, pulling springs) and finding that he did so. Crookes wrote a set of papers which are completely ignored though have never been shown to be false, and never explained. This should be a source of shame for modern scientists.
Q: Yes, he carried out important experiments into the psi phenomena finding evidence in favour of survival, but later his good character was discredited. Could you talk about what he was accused of and if there is any substance to the accusations?
Peter: After he was dead, with typical cowardice, someone accused him (without evidence) of having had an affair with the medium. This is impossible since Mrs Crookes was present at every seance.
Peter: Crookes, like so many scientists before and (especially) since, was shamefully defamed when he should have been supported and praised.
Q: How far do you think that scientific research into so-called “paranormal” events has progressed? Enough to formulate a hypothesis, possibly leading to a theory?
Peter: Possibly the best hope of a theory lies in the work of Brian Josephson (Nobel laureate in physics) who seeks to connect spirituality and psi phenomena with quantum effects.
Q: Yes, Professor Josephson is doing some very interesting work indeed. So, what in your opinion are the main obstacles to this research?
Peter: 1. Total absence of research funds to support the research or any career structure for those scientists brave enough to do it. 2. Impossibility of getting even conclusively positive results published in a mainstream journal. Results is a Catch 22 – “this research can’t be anything but fraudulent because it isn’t published in a mainstream journal; because it can’t be published it must be fraudulent”.
Q: Very strange. I’m curious to know why the established view across all scientific disciplines is to deny the existence of anything paranormal?
Peter: Fear of having one’s settled world view upset. Desire not to have to consider awkward phenomena that might render one’s own research questionable. Conviction that we now know everything (similar to view held by physicists in 1890).
Q:What made you disagree with that established opinion?
Peter: Reading papers on psychical research, particularly the Journals and Proceedings of the SPR (going back to the 19th century). Clearly something is going on.
Q: I can hear our readership applauding you. Clearly. And like climate change, we’re late to the party. So, are there any parallels we can draw from the lack of acceptance on climate change issues and the lack of acceptance for psi phenomena?
Peter: Yes, fear in both cases and desire that everything should stay the same, always.
Q: Peter, have you yourself ever had any personal experience with something that you might classify as paranormal?
Peter: Yes, I have precognitive dreams occasionally, and in one case a very vivid one that preceded an unusual event by 10 days. This was published in “Paranormal Review” (newsletter of the SPR), and it was such a clear case that I feel we have to really rethink our concepts of time and causality, if an event can be foreseen in detail 10 days ahead.
Q: So, if you were personally convinced beyond any doubt of the existence of these phenomena, would you go public in the various media with your acceptance of the evidence which led you to this conclusion?
Peter: I hope I would be courageous enough. In fact I think I probably would, since I am so near retirement that “they” cannot destroy my career prospects since I have none!
Q: Great stuff. Many researchers in this field say that existence of psychic phenomena has been proven over and over for more than a century and that the media, along with powerful religious and political entities, are fighting the revelation of these findings. Do you find this to be the case?
Peter: Yes, except that the chief enemy is conventional science (which ought to be the strongest supporter of psychical research but is in fact its chief enemy)
Q: I understand Michio Kaku says on TV that you have to believe him when he says that there is not only one set of parallel universes containing infinite numbers of them but four different varieties each filled with infinite numbers. Do you accept this?
Peter: Not really, no!
Q: If there are so many parallel universes accepted as existing by cosmologists when they admit no communication with any is possible (which by definition puts them outside the scope of science) why do they refuse to accept some could be worlds of spirit – especially since a huge amount of experimental evidence shows they do exist?
Peter: I am convinced that a spiritual realm exists which is of more central importance to the progress of the universe than the physical realm, but I don’t think that it can be linked to any of these “many worlds” hypotheses.
Okay, we are nearing the end of this interview Peter, but before we wrap it up we have ten random, rapid-fire questions in 60 seconds. As before, I’m not going to be easy on you here, are you ready?
Okay, deep breath, here goes..
No.1: What was the most difficult class you took whilst studying at Cambridge?
Peter: Elementary crystallography.
No.2: What book are you reading just now?
Peter: The Mystery of the Last Supper by Sir Colin Humphrey – a brilliant piece of scientific detective work on the date of the Crucifixion.
No.3: Describe yourself in three words?
Peter: Englishman rejecting Englishness.
No.4: If you could know the answer to any question, what would it be?
Peter: What happens when we die.
No.5: Do all questions have answers?
Peter: As a scientist I would say yes.
No.6: When was the last time you were awake at 3am?
Peter: Today and all last week. I was at a meeting on the west coast of the US and haven’t got over jet lag.
No.7: You’re having a dinner party and can invite five people, past or present, who would you invite?
Peter:The four evangelists and Sophia Loren
No.8: You’ve got a time machine and can travel to any date you wish. What date do you punch in and why?
Peter: 60 million years ago, to look at the asteroid hit that eliminated the dinosaurs
No.9: Where are memories stored?
Peter: No idea, but not only in the brain, I suspect
No.10: Any final thoughts Peter?
Peter: No more thoughts!
End of Interview
Well, I think a mighty big ‘Thank you’ goes to Professor Wadhams for this milestone interview. It’s a very rare opportunity indeed to have the chance to grace the same page as a man of this calibre, truly one of the greats Britain has ever produced.
What will you take away from this interview?
People really care, want to do something, and are very frightened at where global warming is going to take us. – Professor Wadhams (talking about global warming)
“Clearly something is going on”. – Professor Wadhams (talking about the existence of psi)
or what about this..
“It seems to me that this is one of the most important fields of science, shamefully neglected and censored through the complacency and moral cowardice of establishment scientists”. – Professor Wadhams (talking about psi research)
What is going on in our sciences?
Dialogue is important if we are to take our Earth into the next century in good condition, as well as make the spiritual advances we need to progress. And big jobs call for big people, special people like Professor Wadhams.
Please leave your thoughts below. I’m sure Professor Wadhams would be very happy if you were to comment.