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"My Big TOE" - Thomas Campbell

#1  Postby Kenaz » Apr 18, 2010 2:26 pm

Synopsis of the My Big TOE Trilogy

My Big TOE, written by a nuclear physicist in the language of contemporary Western culture, unifies science and philosophy, physics and metaphysics, mind and matter, purpose and meaning, the normal and the paranormal. The entirety of human experience (mind, body, and spirit) including both our objective and subjective worlds, are brought together under one seamless scientific understanding.

If you have a logical, open, and inquisitive mind - an attitude of scientific pragmatism that appreciates the elegance of fundamental truth and the thrill of breakthrough - you will enjoy this journey of personal and scientific discovery.
Based upon careful scientific research and logical deduction, this is a book for all who have an interest in the nature of the reality in which they exist. My Big TOE is not only about scientific theory, function, process, and discovery - but also speaks to each individual reader about their innate capabilities. Readers will learn to appreciate that their human potential stretches far beyond the limitations of the physical universe.
&nbspThis trilogy delivers the next major scientific conceptual breakthrough since relativity and quantum mechanics raised scientific eyebrows in the first half of the twentieth century. No catch, no megalomania, no hypothetical wackiness, no goofy beliefs, no unusual assumptions - just straightforward science that better describes the totality of our experience and provides a wealth of practical results and new understanding that can be applied personally and professionally by scientists and nonscientists alike. This is the real thing.
My Big TOE is about life, purpose, personal significance, physics, evolution, and the reason why. The acronym "TOE" is a standard term in the physics community that stands for "Theory Of Everything." Such a theory has been the "Holy Grail" of physicists for more than fifty years. My Big TOE delivers the solution to that scientific quest at the layman's level with precision and clarity. This book is an adventure into the overlapping worlds of science, philosophy, and metaphysics. It is tightly analytical and logical as all good works of science and philosophy should be, while at the same time down to earth, easily understandable, and full of good humor. No leaps of faith or beliefs of any sort are required to get to where these books will take you.
Campbell did not put the "My" in My Big TOE to flaunt pride of authorship. Nor does the "My" indicate any lack of generality or applicability to others. The "My" was added to be a constant reminder to you that this reality model cannot serve as your personal Big TOE until it is based upon your personal experience. On the other hand, personal or subjective experience is only one piece of the reality puzzle. In the objective physical world of traditional science, My Big TOE delivers a comprehensive model of reality that subsumes modern science, describes our objective material reality, and is universally applicable. Contemporary physics is shown to be a special case of a more general set of basic principles.




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Long lecture, but please be sure to watch ALL of it before commenting. Some major ideas and theories presented. :coffee:

*Note: I didn't know where exactly to put this. It focuses on a lot of different subjects.
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Re: "My Big TOE" - Thomas Campbell

#2  Postby Kenaz » Apr 24, 2010 11:35 pm

No one else has read this book (I'm in the process myself) or watched the lecture on here? I'm interested in others take on it.
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#3  Postby j.mills » Apr 25, 2010 1:00 am

This trilogy delivers the next major scientific conceptual breakthrough since relativity and quantum mechanics

Then I'm sure we'll hear about the stir it causes, shaking the scientific community into accepting a new paradigm. - Although oddly that hasn't happened yet, despite the books emerging seven years ago...
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#4  Postby Kenaz » Apr 25, 2010 3:11 am

j.mills wrote:
This trilogy delivers the next major scientific conceptual breakthrough since relativity and quantum mechanics

Then I'm sure we'll hear about the stir it causes, shaking the scientific community into accepting a new paradigm. - Although oddly that hasn't happened yet, despite the books emerging seven years ago...


Perhaps you should read the trilogy for yourself and not assume it's rubbish from the synopsis. :think:
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#5  Postby j.mills » Apr 25, 2010 2:10 pm

I doubt you would have objected if I had assumed the books were good from the synopsis: you must have posted the synopsis to help others form preliminary judgements, and now you chastise me for doing so. Big claims are made for these books, but they have not made a corresponding splash. It is not unreasonable to assume that the claims are exaggerated. I could read the books to find out, but then the same is true of the Upanishads, the Koran, The Shack, The Secret, The Bible Code... Life's too short to pursue every hyped-up rabbit that crosses the field.
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#6  Postby Kenaz » Apr 25, 2010 2:54 pm

j.mills wrote:I doubt you would have objected if I had assumed the books were good from the synopsis: you must have posted the synopsis to help others form preliminary judgements, and now you chastise me for doing so. Big claims are made for these books, but they have not made a corresponding splash. It is not unreasonable to assume that the claims are exaggerated. I could read the books to find out, but then the same is true of the Upanishads, the Koran, The Shack, The Secret, The Bible Code... Life's too short to pursue every hyped-up rabbit that crosses the field.


There seems to be a lot of assuming on your part. :grin:

It seems a bit odd someone would make a stance on something before they themselves explored it first. It's perfectly fine if you do not intend to read it or consider it, but please do not then assume anything about it.
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#7  Postby Kenaz » May 01, 2010 3:03 pm

My Big Toe's author, Thomas Campbell, addresses a question from one of the people reading and considering his Theory of Everything (TOE):

twcjr wrote:Hello Viv,

Viv: “…..what in your opinion, could your work contribute to the future of Physics”

A very good and reasonable question trying to figure out: “where’s the beef”….. indeed “is there any beef?”

You know, it is difficult to assess the value of your own work objectively. To be valid, verification and general acceptance needs to come from others. To me, it seems perfectly clear though the concepts are very challenging to most who hear them for the first time – other technical people, including physicists who approach my work with open minds generally find that it is logically solid and answers fundamental questions otherwise unanswerable. I live my talk about open-minded skepticism -- The skeptical part will feel satisfied and successful – standing on perfectly solid ground -- only after physics (science in general) absorbs, embraces and accepts the core ideas in My Big TOE – that’s real validation. But such a major change in attitude and perspective will not come easily or quickly – it will require physicists to rethink their notions of reality from the ground up – to cast aside the beliefs with which they now paint themselves into a corner that does not contain the answer. Trying to change the mind of committed believers has historically been a very difficult thing to do – whether in metaphysics or physics. Cultural beliefs run much deeper than the intellect.

However, the good news is, physics does seem to be moving in that direction – digital physics is a concept that is growing more acceptable by the mainstream. The research describing mind-matter entanglement at prestigious universities like Princeton and Temple (backward causality, modifying random event generators, the placebo effect, anticipatory empathetic reactions, etc.) represent rock solid objective science with immaculate protocol. The fundamental failure of physics in almost 100 years to make any serious progress toward finding a TOE that unites the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics under one more-general set of principles is shouting that the fundamental assumptions of physics are incomplete. The solution to all that is both fundamental and unfathomable is at hand: My Big TOE theory, with just two unremarkable assumptions provides the critical missing ingredient in digital physics (what and where is Dr. Fredkin’s “other”), explains the mind-matter experiments with clear logical science, and unites relativity and quantum mechanics, showing them to be an approximation, a special case of a larger, more general and more complete theory. Just as the “flat earth” assumption was found to be valid for short distances, and Newtonian physics was found to be a special case approximation valid for a limited set of Macro conditions (slow speeds and medium to large sizes).

Once physics sees the logic of it and can outgrow the limiting beliefs that now constrain the traditional solution set such that it does not contain the correct answer, the effect upon our understanding and culture will be as big, if not bigger, than the round earth, Newtonian physics, and relativity and quantum mechanics all put together. (and I think it will one day happen because it is a better theory under the criteria science traditionally uses to determine the worth of a theory). An age of discovery and change will open up the minds and affect the personal lives of hundreds of millions of individuals over a decade – this is science that affects people personally – it is about the point and purpose of their existence – life and death. Science by itself would not have that large of an affect. However, My Big TOE not only delivers a breakthrough in physics but more importantly delivers an even larger breakthrough in philosophy, metaphysics, and theology. It would be hard to overestimate its potential impact on the people of this planet – scientists, philosophers, and theologians all solving their long standing intractable issues of understanding with the same set of overarching principles.

One minor example to make this point seem more real: Most who are seriously committed to religion and who attend my workshops or read the MBT trilogy, tell me that they equate the larger consciousness system with God. It’s a perfect fit for those with a broader perspective of their religion. In their minds MBT derives God – i.e., an understanding of God that explains who, what, why, and how God is – and defines their personal relationship to God with logic and science replacing belief, creed, and dogma. Can you imagine theology where open-minded skepticism replaces belief as the fundamental requirement? I have people telling me they keep MBT and their bibles together on their nightstand?! And that is just theology (the most belief laden and intractable of the four) – the other three: physics, philosophy, and metaphysics are affected no less. If this attitude were to become a widespread concept (MBT does explain theology very nicely – and the fact that it also explains physics very nicely provides vast credibility) what kind of an effect would it have on the world – that is but one potential, one simple example that could contribute to a tsunami of changing attitudes toward the nature of our reality. Do you see the potential and why I said that “It would be hard to overestimate its potential impact on the people of this planet – scientists, philosophers, and theologians all solving their long standing intractable issues of understanding with the same set of overarching principles.” The changes in physics alone would be revolutionary and that would be the smaller part.

This theory is falsifiable. There are literally dozens of experiment that can be done to verify the predicted results. This is real science, not just another wild improvable theory that sounds good if you don’t think about it too hard.

When any of this might happen, I have no idea – perhaps not in my lifetime – it all depends on how the ball bounces – who picks it up and how the knowledge spreads. Who knows, the scientists might not lead this massive cultural change (cultural, scientific, spiritual, growth spurt), instead they may be dragged along by it because they are so committed to their beliefs. Science is the de-facto religion of the West (what most people believe in as being the fundamental source of truth) and science, like religion, has a vested interest in maintaining their belief systems. However, the truth is not fragile – science will eventually, sooner or later, accept it.

I hope this is what you are looking for. In short, here is the potential impact of MBT: this theory could turn physics on its head, produce a broader, more powerful, and more generally correct scientific method (the old one becoming a special case approximation), and advance the level of understanding and productivity of science greatly. It could unify physics, metaphysics, philosophy and theology, solving most all of the outstanding fundamental problems, and all derivable from the same overarching elegantly simple principles based on two easily acceptable assumptions. And that would be the least of it. And because I know that logic, truth and science are what they are, and MBT is what it is, I think one day, when the time is right and people are ready to let go of fear and belief for a better, more productive understanding of reality and existence, all this change will happen because the truth is not fragile – eventually it will become known. Today we are on the cusp of that happening – perhaps even in our lifetime.

Tom


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Re: "My Big TOE" - Thomas Campbell

#8  Postby Stuniverse » Aug 03, 2013 1:33 am

I've been interested in Tom Campbells ideas for some time. Since a lot of the physics is above my head I'd LOVE to hear from someone who has read, investigated and either supports or debunks hid proposals.

Unfortunately, I'm repeatedly sad to find the same old thing on skeptic boards. A couple of interested people like myself without complete enough knowledge, and a bunch of shooting from the hip nay sayers who haven't actually read or considered the material at all. Surely just because he mentions the word consciousness doesn't necessarily mean it's all nonsense? Sigh.

Perhaps we should offer a reward for a proper scientific review/dubunk effort?
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#9  Postby michaelharker » Mar 29, 2014 10:02 am

Just joined Rational Skeptic and I too like STuniverse and other, am interested in members considered opinions of Tom Campbell's work. Has there been any more recent discussion about his big TOE?
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Re: "My Big TOE" - Thomas Campbell

#10  Postby t5aylor » Aug 11, 2014 7:51 pm

I also just joined, and I find it curious, also, that there are no real criticisms of Campbell's big TOE from anyone in academia, the physics profession, philosophy, or any other serious observer. It could be that they simply think he is right. I futher suspect that since much of what he says can't , as far as I know, be falsified, there just isn't much point it taking it on. For example, he talks ad nauseum what happens to your consciousness at death on various youtube posts. Well, I don't know how his statements on these matters can practically be tested. So it may be that busy professional physicists, philosophers just don't want to bother with it all, but still, I find it odd. I dont think the reasons I state here are sufficent.
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Re: "My Big TOE" - Thomas Campbell

#11  Postby Calilasseia » Aug 11, 2014 10:59 pm

The first question I ask, when someone claims to have alighted upon a world-shattering discovery, is this: have they had peer reviewed papers published on the subject? Because this is usually a pretty good guide as to whether the claims possess something resembling a decent provenance. It's the reason Carl Sagan's claims were accepted as reasonable, because during his lifetime, he had over 600 peer reviewed papers published in major journals, and alighted upon several phenomena, considered remarkable at the time, that were backed by substantive evidence even before the definitive empirical tests were performed. For example, he submitted a paper to Science, covering the surface temperature of Venus, which he cited in the paper as being far hotter than had previously been suspected, and indeed, his lab notes written before the paper, and which contributed to the contents of the paper, are now online to view. Lo and behold, when the first spacecraft reached Venus, those spacecraft sent back telemetry data that in effect said "Sagan is right".

As a corollary, if someone has peer reviewed papers to offer in support of their claims, this is usually a good sign that said claims are likely to be backed up with substantive evidence.

So, what peer reviewed papers does this individual have to his name? What evidence is being offered?

Only several of us here have been down this road before with people like Rupert Sheldrake, and I have numerous substantive reasons to dismiss his claims about "morphic resonance", not least the existence of several dozen scientific papers supporting the alternative model posited by Alan Turing way back in 1952, which has now been empirically verified as applicable to developmental morphogenesis.
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#12  Postby t5aylor » Aug 11, 2014 11:57 pm

Well I guess my point is I agree that it seems we would have heard a lot more criticism from published physcists if this guy is wrong, and he makes some remarkable claims. He has been a working physcist (risk analysis on NASA spacecraft, maybe some of those that supported Carl Sagan) so I wouldn't expect him to have a lot of published papers like an academic would. And his theories are based on well established work very much peer reviewed. He seems to be a good synthesist, and no one is challenging his views as far as I have been able to determine. His reasoning seems sound to me and I am familiar with much of the peer reviewed material he cites. However, his conclusions are anathema to scientific materialism per se, and I am surprised he hasn't been corrected.
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#13  Postby Calilasseia » Aug 12, 2014 5:32 am

If you know so much about this, you'll be able to present the relevant material to us, so we can evaluate it, won't you?

There's your next task. :)
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#14  Postby Goldenmane » Aug 12, 2014 6:53 am

t5aylor wrote:Well I guess my point is I agree that it seems we would have heard a lot more criticism from published physcists if this guy is wrong, and he makes some remarkable claims. He has been a working physcist (risk analysis on NASA spacecraft, maybe some of those that supported Carl Sagan) so I wouldn't expect him to have a lot of published papers like an academic would. And his theories are based on well established work very much peer reviewed. He seems to be a good synthesist, and no one is challenging his views as far as I have been able to determine. His reasoning seems sound to me and I am familiar with much of the peer reviewed material he cites. However, his conclusions are anathema to scientific materialism per se, and I am surprised he hasn't been corrected.


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#15  Postby t5aylor » Aug 12, 2014 7:15 am

Calilasseia wrote:If you know so much about this, you'll be able to present the relevant material to us, so we can evaluate it, won't you?

There's your next task. :)


Gee thanks for the assignment, Calilasseia. ;) No, I don't "know so much about this", and I am not the critic I am looking for or I wouldnt be asking around. But how about we start with this: He says his model unites the standard model and quantum mechanics, he says his model explains that the speed of light must be constant because if it wasn't , in a simulated, virtual reality, information would not move from frame to frame consistently and we would live in an intelligible place indeed. If his claims are true, I dont see why he isnt nominated for a Nobel. But I dont see anyone challenging him, and I am certainly not the person to do it. I am knew here and I have no idea who reads this. I rather doubt that many "peer reviewed" physicists do, but then I don't know that, it is why I am posting. And I suspect this is a well read intelligent lot on here who might be aware of criticisms of Campbells stuff, but I cant find anyone who has much to say. Pointing out that NASA might be working on something that doesn't work , doesn't count.
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Re: "My Big TOE" - Thomas Campbell

#16  Postby Calilasseia » Aug 13, 2014 4:08 am

First of all, anyone who genuinely possessed a resolution to the problem of unifying general relativity with quantum mechanics would be a guaranteed Nobel winner. This is a goal that has been driving physicists for decades. But there's a vast canyon between asserting that you have a solution to this problem, and demonstrating that you have a solution in a manner that survives critical test. What distinctive empirically testable predictions does this individual make? And what evidence exists supporting those predictions? Provide those and we'll have some substance to work with.
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#17  Postby hackenslash » Aug 13, 2014 9:54 am

Two things:

1. I can find only 12 citations showing in Google Scholar in over a decade (and questionable citations too, to say the least).
2. Most of what he says is quite simply unfalsifiable.

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#18  Postby The_Metatron » Aug 13, 2014 10:13 am

t5aylor wrote:Well I guess my point is I agree that it seems we would have heard a lot more criticism from published physcists if this guy is wrong, and he makes some remarkable claims. He has been a working physcist (risk analysis on NASA spacecraft, maybe some of those that supported Carl Sagan) so I wouldn't expect him to have a lot of published papers like an academic would. And his theories are based on well established work very much peer reviewed. He seems to be a good synthesist, and no one is challenging his views as far as I have been able to determine. His reasoning seems sound to me and I am familiar with much of the peer reviewed material he cites. However, his conclusions are anathema to scientific materialism per se, and I am surprised he hasn't been corrected.

My ten year old boy has lots of theories on how the universe works, too. Since we don't have any criticism from published physicists, shall we just assume the imaginings of a boy to be reality?

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#19  Postby t5aylor » Aug 13, 2014 8:33 pm

That's a lame analogy, but ok
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#20  Postby The_Metatron » Aug 13, 2014 8:52 pm

That was no analog, it was the same appeal you used. "No one is correcting him, so he must be correct."

That isn't how it is done.
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