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Published: May.28.2015

Dualism in Physics and New Science: Making Connections Between Multiple Descriptions of Reality
Garret Moddel
University of Colorado

BOULDER CO 80309-0425

We usually assume that different theories explaining the same phenomenon cannot all be correct, no matter whether the field is physics, philosophy, or parapsychology. That notion is wrong. In fact, there are dual approaches to nearly every physics concept. The implications affect not only how we think about physics, but also many other disciplines.

The concept of dualism has a long history in the philosophy of mind, in which mind and matter are viewed as separate. Here I show that conventionally accepted physical theory is also described by two types of theory, one mind-like and the other matter-like. The mind-like theories are based upon principles and appear to be driven by a purpose, whereas the matter-like theories are based on process and appear to be mechanistic.

Examples include:
• Thermodynamics
• Black hole evaporation Semiconductors
• Microscale interactions (quantum mechanics)
• Laws of motion
• Optics
• Electromagnetics

The implications include:
• Deeper understanding of the nature of physical theory and the workings of the universe.
• A clearer understanding of what quantum mechanics lacks. A specific solution to the quirkiness of quantum mechanics is suggested.
• Placing the dualism in psi phenomena into context with other scientific theories.

Psi is known to have several alternative perspectives, including precognition versus psychokinesis, and experimenter effect versus subject psi. As an example, the mechanisms of the Global Consciousness Project are elucidated.

Garret Moddel is a professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado. Along with developing new energy conversion technologies, his research group investigates psi phenomena. Currently he is serving as SSE Vice President, and was the organization’s previous president, and prior to that, president & CEO of Phiar Corporation, a high-tech start-up company. Garret earned a B.S.E.E. degree from Stanford and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Harvard.