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Jack Sarfatti
Sarfatti in November 2007
Born (1939-09-14) September 14, 1939 (age 78)[1]
Brooklyn, New York
Residence North Beach, San Francisco, California
Education Cornell University
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Riverside
Website stardrive.org

Jack Sarfatti (born September 14, 1939) is an American theoretical physicist. Working largely outside academia, Sarfatti specializes in the study of quantum physics and consciousness.[n 1] He argues for retrocausality, that mind is crucial to the structure of matter, and that physics—which he calls the "conceptual art of the late 20th Century"—has replaced philosophy as the unifying force between science and art.[n 2][6] Sarfatti's most recent paper on retrocausality in quantum physics has been published by the American Institute of Physics AIP Conference Proceedings, 1841, 040003 where he also claims to be able to explain our consciousness as a simple universal natural phenomenon that will allow us to make conscious nano-electronic AI machines. See "Papers" below.

Sarfatti was a leading member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, an informal group of physicists in California in the 1970s who, according to historian of science David Kaiser, helped to nurture some of the alternative ideas in quantum physics that today form the basis of quantum information science.[7][8] Sarfatti co-wrote Space-Time and Beyond (1975; credited to Bob Toben and Fred Alan Wolf) and has self-published several books, including Space-Time And Beyond II (2002), Destiny Matrix (2002), Super Cosmos (2005) and "Star Gate: Conscious Artificial Intelligence & Time Travel Space Craft" (2018, Apple I Books).[9] The 1975 Dutton edition of Space-Time and Beyond has a "scientific commentary" written by Sarfatti that contains the germ of the now fashionable "world as a hologram" "ER = EPR" idea forty years ahead of its time (p. 134, Section H) and associates the wormholes of John Wheeler's quantum gravity foam with quantum entanglement (though not on a boundary). Sarfatti wrote of the ER wormhole and the EPR entanglement "this is no accident because I suspect that general relativity and quantum theory are simply two complementary aspects of a deeper theory..." His peer-reviewed earlier paper (1974) "Speculations on the effects of gravitation and cosmology in hadron physics", Collective Phenomena, 1(3), January 1, 1974, pp. 163–167 has a similar idea suggesting a duality between the SU(3) local gauge theory of the strong force and Einstein's classical geometrodynamic field.



Sarfatti was born in Brooklyn, New York to Hyman and Millie Sarfatti.[10] His father was born in Kastoria, Greece, and moved to New York as a child with his family.[11]

Raised in the Midwood neighborhood, Sarfatti attended Midwood High School where he was in the All City Chorus and Math Club, graduating in 1956.[12] In Destiny Matrix (2002), Sarfatti wrote that, when he was 13, he received at least one telephone call from a voice that said it was a conscious computer on a spaceship. The voice said he had been identified as "one of 400 bright young receptive minds," and that he would be picked up shortly from his building's fire escape. He and several friends waited, he wrote, but nothing happened.[13][14]

Sarfatti has also alleged that numismatist and convicted child sex offender Walter H. Breen (who later offered guest workshops sponsored by Sarfatti at meetings of the Physics/Consciousness Research Group at the Esalen Institute in 1976) secured his admission to Cornell University while coordinating Sandia National Laboratories-funded parapsychological research studies of New York City gifted children (so-called "superkids," including Sarfatti and Robert Bashlow) in William Herbert Sheldon's Constitutional Laboratory at Columbia Medical School from 1953 to 1956.[15] The studies allegedly included immersion in New York science fiction fandom, a connection facilitated by Breen.[15]

In 1960, he obtained his B.A in physics from Cornell University, where he was also a lead tenor in the "Cornell Savoyards". Three years later, he published his first paper, "Quantum-Mechanical Correlation Theory of Electromagnetic Fields," in Nuovo Cimento, the journal of the Italian Physical Society. Following graduate studies at Cornell and Brandeis University, he obtained an M.S. in physics in 1967 from the University of California, San Diego before receiving a Ph.D. in the discipline in 1969 from the University of California, Riverside, where he studied under Fred Cummings; his dissertation was "Gauge Invariance in the Theory of Superfluidity."[16] He and Cummings co-wrote a paper, "Beyond the Hartree-Fock Theory in Superfluid Helium," published in Physica Scripta in 1970.[1]

Academic career[edit]

From 1967 to 1971, Sarfatti was an assistant professor of physics at San Diego State University. During the 1971–1972 academic year, he held a research fellowship at Birkbeck, University of London, where he worked with David Bohm.[1] He also studied at the Cornell Space Science Center, the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment, and the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich.[12] In 1973–1974 he conducted research into mini black holes at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste.[17] At around this time he decided to leave academia, seeing it as too sterile.


According to Kaiser, Sarfatti's politics have leaned to the right since the early 1980s, when he became dependent on a cadre of "politically conservative thinkers who were drawn to certain New Age ideas" for research funding following the dissolution of his relationship with Werner Erhard. He endorses the Cultural Marxism conspiracy theory and perceives the majority of faculty at American universities as constituting "the enemy within." In the 1980s, he worked with Lawry Chickering at the Institute for Contemporary Studies, a neoconservative think tank. For over forty years, Sarfatti has maintained a close friendship with conservative talk show host and medical anthropologist Michael Savage.[18]

1970s research[edit]

Fundamental Fysiks Group[edit]

Sarfatti (left) with physicist Fred Alan Wolf in Paris, 1973
Fundamental Fysiks Group
The Fundamental Fysiks Group, as they appeared in City Magazine, 1975. Left to right: Jack Sarfatti, Saul-Paul Sirag, Nick Herbert, and Fred Alan Wolf (seated).

Sarfatti became a leading member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, an informal group of physicists that conducted weekly discussions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the 1970s.[19][20][21] The group—"very smart and very playful," according to David Kaiser—was founded by Elizabeth Rauscher and included Henry Stapp, Fred Alan Wolf, Nick Herbert, Fritjof Capra, John Clauser, Philippe Eberhard, Saul-Paul Sirag and George Weissman.[22]

Several held academic posts, but others had been left unemployed when the post-war boom in physics ended in 1968–1972. Physics, too, had changed; students were taught little or no philosophy and metaphysics.[23] The Fundamental Fysiks Group, with PhDs in theoretical physics, made names for themselves writing about consciousness, metaphysics and quantum mysticism.[24][25]

Quantum theory—particularly Bell's theorem and the concept of quantum entanglement—had raised questions about parapsychology and telepathy.[25] Kaiser argues that Sarfatti and the group kept several of these apparently fringe ideas alive. For example, they believed they could develop faster-than-light communication, discussions that led to the no-cloning theorem, which became part of quantum cryptography.[n 3] The group similarly kept Bell's theorem alive, which eventually led to quantum information science. According to historian Robert P. Crease and physicist Alfred Scharff Goldhaber, apart from one brief mention in 1966, Bell's theorem "did not enter mainstream physics textbooks until after the Fundamental Fysiks Group had left its impact."[n 4]

Kaiser writes that there was significant government interest in telepathy and remote viewing. The Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency set up a program called ESPionage, financing research conducted by the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), where Sarfatti and the Fundamental Fysiks Group became what Kaiser calls its "house theorists."[28] The group became celebrities in San Francisco.[29] City of San Francisco Magazine devoted two pages to them in 1975, shortly after the magazine was acquired by the film director Francis Ford Coppola. The spread included a photograph of Sarfatti, Saul-Paul Sirag, Fred Alan Wolf and Nick Herbert, and discussed them "going into trances, working at telepathy, [and] dipping into their subconscious in experiments toward psychic mobility."[30] In 1979 Sarfatti was featured on the cover of North Beach Magazine.[31][32]

Research into Uri Geller[edit]

Uri Geller with Sarfatti (right), October 2006

In 1974 Sarfatti and the Fundamental Fysiks Group were hired by the Stanford Research Institute to help with its research into Uri Geller.[33] Geller, an Israeli, maintained that he could bend spoons and control watches using only his thoughts. The SRI studies, led by laser physicists Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, began in November 1972 and resulted in a paper in Nature in October 1974.[34][35] According to Kaiser, SRI asked Sarfatti and the group to use quantum theory, and specifically Bell's theorem, to explain what Geller appeared to be doing.[36] Joseph Hanlon wrote in New Scientist at the time that the SRI tests had been conducted in a "circus atmosphere," with Geller in control.[34][37]

Sarfatti and Fred Wolf helped to organize a series of tests at Birkbeck College, London, led by John Hasted.[33] On June 21 and 22, 1974, Hasted and Sarfatti joined David Bohm, Arthur Koestler, Arthur C. Clarke, and two of Geller's associates, Ted Bastin and Brendan O'Regan, to watch Geller appear to bend four brass Yale keys and a 1 cm disk, affect a Geiger counter and deflect a compass needle. Hanlon wrote that any good magician could have bent the keys, no matter how closely the observers believed they were watching.[34][38] Sarfatti issued press releases saying he believed Geller had demonstrated psychokinetic ability, statements picked up by Science News and the international media.[39] Hasted, Bohm, Bastin and O'Regan described the experiments in Nature in April 1975.[40] Sarfatti retracted his view in December that year after watching magician James Randi perform the same trick.[41]

Physics–Consciousness Research Group[edit]

Outside government, groups within the human potential movement were also interested in quantum theory. Werner Erhard, founder of Erhard Seminars Training (EST), moved to the Bay Area and came into contact with Sarfatti and Fred Alan Wolf. In January 1975 Erhard and the physicists formally set up a non-profit think tank, the Physics–Consciousness Research Group, with Sarfatti as president and Saul-Paul Sirag vice-president.[42] Funded by Erhard, they held lectures, published pamphlets, and staged an opera in a Bay Area park about quantum physics and the brain.[43]

Erhard introduced Sarfatti to Michael Murphy of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. In January 1976 Sarfatti and the Physics–Consciousness Research Group gathered there for a month-long conference on physics and consciousness. Sarfatti was the conference's intellectual director, and wrote to major figures asking them to address it. Gary Zukav's best-selling The Dancing Wu Li Masters (1979) was organized around his attendance at this conference; he and Sarfatti were roommates in North Beach at the time. The conference apart, the Esalen group held regular workshops on quantum theory, with physicists mixing lectures with yoga and sessions in the hot tubs.[44]

Exactly when and why Leary began to formulate SMI2LE is unclear. Jack Sarfatti, a physicist who started the Physics/ Consciousness Research Group in Berkeley, claimed that Leary’s inspiration came from an unexpected source: General Douglas MacArthur. Leary, Sarfatti said, was really MacArthur’s “lovechild.” The general-to-be often danced "with Leary’s mother when Leary was in utero, and Leary’s father was an army dentist who supposedly had MacArthur as a patient. 38 And MacArthur, Sarfatti pointed out, made some astonishing prototranshumanist predictions near the end of his life. Tomorrow’s cadets, the retired general told West Pointers in 1962, would experience humanity’s “staggering evolution” as people harnessed “cosmic energy” and created “disease preventatives to expand life into the hundreds of years” and “space ships to the moon.” All this was preparation for, MacArthur mused, some final apocalyptic conflict with “the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy.” 39 By Sarfatti’s tortuous reasoning, Leary’s parents knew MacArthur, Leary had (briefly) attended West Point, and MacArthur spoke about some prototranshumanist ideas, thus sparking Leary’s imagination—QED. ... "Besides Leary and Wilson, the workshop featured longevity researchers and advocates from the Bay Area Cryonics Society. Jack Sarfatti and a few other underemployed physicists, intrigued by Leary’s confluence of mysticism, space travel, and quantum theories, joined the two-day seminar and supplied their own riffs on Leary’s radical technological enthusiasm. Leary continued his association with Sarfatti, and together they attended workshops at the Esalen Institute (“ a Cape Canaveral of inner space”), nestled amid Big Sur’s rugged beauty. ..."Leary gave a fuller exposition of SMI2LE in Exo-psychology, a book he dedicated to “evolutionary agents, on this planet and elsewhere.” 51 Leary mutated his own definition of exo-psychology throughout the book. It was a “Science which Studies the Evolution of the Nervous System in its Larval and post-terrestrial Phases,” the “psychology of physics” (Psi Phy), as well as a “theory of Interstellar Neurogenetics.” Juxtaposing his ideas with “pre-Einsteinian psychology,” Leary claimed that astronautics, astrophysics, genetics, and nuclear science were all research areas with “significance for human destiny in the future.” 52 The book goes on to describe the “eight circuits” of the human nervous system and the “twenty-four stages of Neural Evolution,” which Leary likened to the periodic table. Resembling better-known books, such as Fritjof Capra’s The Tao of Physics, Exo-Psychology cited the quantum musings of physicists like Jack Sarfatti and John A. Wheeler while criticizing the cynicism of Werner Erhard’s est and “puritanical protestant-ethic manipulators” like B. F. Skinner. 53 Overall, Exo-Psychology blended a freewheeling pastiche of ideas from quantum physics and genetics with Vedic, Islamic, and Zen philosophies. Neuropolitics and Exo-Psychology were clear signs that Leary had strayed far from O’Neill’s comparatively straightforward ideas, which were grounded in optimistic yet measured extrapolations of 1970s technology.

— from "Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture" by David Kaiser, W. Patrick McCray (2016 [2])

Epistemological Letters[edit]

The new ideas were not invariably welcome within mainstream academic physics. According to Kaiser, Samuel Goudsmit, editor of the prestigious Physical Review, formally banned discussion of the interpretation of quantum mechanics, drawing up special instructions to referees to reject material that even hinted at the philosophical debate. The new material was distributed instead in alternative media. One such publication was a hand-typed newsletter called Epistemological Letters, published by a Swiss Foundation. Several eminent physicists and philosophers published their material there—including the Irish physicist John Bell, the originator of Bell's theorem—as well as Sarfatti and other members of the Physics-Consciousness Research Group.[45]

Unicorn Preprint Service[edit]

Sarfatti and Wolf helped set up the Unicorn Preprint Service, which was financed by Ira Einhorn, an American anti-war and environmental activist. Unicorn distributed articles not published elsewhere. Its list included eminent scholars such as Thomas Kuhn and Gerald Feinberg, though recipients might have had their names added without being asked.[46] The list ended in 1979 when Einhorn was charged with the murder of a former girlfriend.[47]

Space, Time and Beyond[edit]

Einhorn arranged for the publication of Space-Time and Beyond: Toward an Explanation of the Unexplainable (1974). The book listed Bob Toben, a school friend of Fred Wolf's, as author, but the physics had been written by Wolf and Sarfatti. It sold 50,000 copies in its first edition, and was translated into German and Japanese. Offering what Kaiser called a "hip, New Age guide for the perplexed," it was one of the first of a wave of popular books attempting to explain the "new physics."[48]

Faster-than-light communication system[edit]

In May 1978 Sarfatti filed for a patent for a "faster-than-light quantum communication system," which would be able, he said, to transmit a human voice instantly across vast distances without any possibility of eavesdropping.[49] That there could be no eavesdropping is now a feature of quantum cryptography, which did not exist in 1978; however, like Nick Herbert's FLASH (discussed by Kaiser) that led to the no-cloning theorem, Sarfatti's design did not work because it depended on orthodox quantum theory whose linearity and Born probability rule assumptions forbid such communication between different subsystems of an entangled system. Sarfatti's research in this field has continued and is summarized by John Walker.[50] Sarfatti has introduced a new concept "back activity" nonlinear non-unitary "post-quantum physics," which is to quantum theory as general relativity is to special relativity. Using the work of David Bohm on pilot wave theory (1952) as extended by Yakir Aharonov and most recently by R. I. Sutherland.[51] Sarfatti no longer uses the word "superluminal" which contradicts at least the spirit of Einstein's relativity if not the letter. It has been shown by Huw Price et al,[52] that retrocausal future causes of present effects explains what appears to be superluminal entanglement completely consistent with relativity. The post-quantum back-reaction of Bohm's "hidden variable" (aka "be able" J.S. Bell) on its pilot wave enables effective communication between parts of an entangled whole in violation of the no-signaling theorems of orthodox quantum theory. Post-quantum theory has been shown by Antony Valentini to permit hyper-computation in which P = NP.[53]

Connections with Intelligence Community[edit]

Sarfatti's friendship with Lawrence Chickering who was director of the Reagan think tank Institute of Contemporary Studies in San Francisco is documented in Kaiser's book. One also finds "Jack Sarfatti, a theoretical physicist who was a student of Hans Bethe and who worked with several scientists of that generation, reviewed the documents. Sarfatti found that the first four answers offered nothing that might have been considered secret or strategic. However, according to Sarfatti, beginning with question 5 the interview contains important information. In particular, referring to questions 11 - 13 and 15 - 19, Sarfatti believes the information transmitted was privileged, derived from Bohr's contacts with his American colleagues, and would have significantly speeded up the Soviet bomb program."[54] These claims that Bohr revealed secrets to Terletsky have been refuted.[55]

Sarfatti on Social Networks[edit]

He has 54,000 tweets between 2009 and first half of 2018 with over 1400 followers and close to 5,000 friends on Facebook a similar number on Linkedin. Sarfatti posts his technical ideas on academia.edu.

Later work[edit]

Caffe Trieste[edit]

Caffe Trieste, North Beach

Sarfatti's local celebrity in San Francisco continued throughout the 1980s with seminars on physics and consciousness in the Caffe Trieste on Vallejo Street, North Beach.[8][12] In 1993 the novelist Herbert Gold called the café "Sarfatti's Cave," after Plato's cave:

Sarfatti's Cave is the name I'll give to the Caffe Trieste in San Francisco, where Jack Sarfatti, Ph.D. in physics, writes his poetry, evokes his mystical, miracle-working ancestors, and has conducted a several-decade-long seminar on the nature of reality and his own love life to a rapt succession of espresso scholars. He sings Gilbert and Sullivan songs. He suffers tragic reverses among women. He issues ultimatums to the CIA, the FBI, Werner Erhard, the navy, the KGB, and the Esalen Institute. With ample charm and boyish smiles he issues nonnegotiable demands. He has access to a photocopying machine. It's Jack Sarfatti against the world, and he is indomitable.

One of his soaring theories is that things, which have not happened, yet can cause events in the present…Obviously this has consequences for prediction, the nature of causality, our conceptions of logic…He has published papers in respectable physics journals. His poetry is widely photocopied. His correspondence with the great in several fields is voluminous, recorded on computer disks. Cornell University BA, University of California Ph.D., his credentials are impeccable. Following is a quotation from a lecture given to a San Francisco State University physics seminar on 30 April 1991: The universe is created by intelligent design but the Designer lives in our far future and has evolved from us …Perhaps all of the works of cultural genius, from the music of Mozart to the physics of Einstein, have their real origin in the future. The genius may be a real psychic channeler whose mind is open to telepathic messages from the future. The genius must be well trained in his or her craft and intellectually disciplined with the integrity of the warrior in order to properly decode the quantum signals from the future. The purpose of our existence would then be to ensure, not only the creation of life on earth, but also the creation of the big bang itself! We obviously cannot fail since the universe cannot have come into existence without us in this extreme example of Borgesian quantum solipsism. Existentialism is wrong because it is an incorrect extrapolation of the old physics. Breton’s surrealism, with its Jungian idea of meaningful coincidence, is closer to the truth. This would then be “The Final Secret of the Illuminati” - that charismatic chain of adepts in quixotic quest of their “Impossible Dream” of the Grail. Enough of my subjective vision, now on to the objective physics.” pp. 15-16 Bohemia, Herbert Gold ... pp.15 - 16

“So now I am in the first hour of one of my deaths. The thought made me dizzy. I was reminded of Jack Sarfatti, Ph.D. physicist and reincarnation of the eleventh-century mystic Rabbi Sarfatti…with rapt descriptions of how events from the future cause events in the past.” p.115


Conferences, Stardrive[edit]

Sarfatti continued to attend academic meetings. In February 1986 he argued during a meeting at the New York Academy of Sciences that faster-than-light communication was possible using time loops, and said he had tried to persuade the Defense Department to fund the research.[n 5] In 1995 he set up the Internet Science Education Project, with a website, Stardrive,[58] and in the same year he and his brother Michael set up websites for charities in San Francisco, such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Hebrew Academy.[59]

In 1999 Sarfatti was appointed by the International Space Sciences Organization, a group set up by Joe Firmage, the Internet entrepreneur, to explore mind-matter issues.[60] Between 2002 and 2005 he self-published three books, Destiny Matrix (2002), Space-Time and Beyond II (2002), and Super Cosmos: Through Struggles to the Stars (2005).[12]

Sarfatti was one of three physicists whose invitations to a conference on de Broglie-Bohm theory—organized in 2010 by Mike Towler of the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratorywere withdrawn. Antony Valentini, another organizer, withdrew invitations from Sarfatti; F. David Peat, David Bohm's biographer; and Brian Josephson, who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physics. According to Times Higher Education (THE), Peat's invitation was withdrawn because he had written about Jungian synchronicity and Josephson's because of his interest in parapsychology. Peat's and Josephson's invitations were restored; THE did not explain why Sarfatti was uninvited.[61]

The former Minister of Interior of Italy, Enzo Bianco, invited Sarfatti to Catania, Sicily in 2014 where he gave a lecture to a packed audience. He also gave a talk at the Savile Club in London in 2015 both can be seen on his YouTube channel.

Sarfatti has attended two workshops of the AAAS on quantum retrocausality in 2006 and 2011 at the University of San Diego directed by Professor Daniel Sheehan of the physics department there. He is scheduled to give a talk there at the third workshop June 15–16, 2016 on "Bohm Pilot Wave Post-Quantum Theory" [3]. The video of this talk is here https://vimeo.com/171013596 and on June 27, 2017 he gave a video talk on "The Post-Quantum Mechanics of Conscious AI" at the Quantum Gravity Research Organization in Los Angeles. "Jack Sarfatti stopped by Quantum Gravity Research last week to give a talk on how human consciousness is now easily understood as a natural physical phenomenon. This explanation can be tested with nano-electronic machines that will be at least as conscious as we are. The phenomenon is universal like gravity suggesting that we live in a conscious hologram universe." The above talk was given on June 27, 2017.

AIP Conference Proceedings 1841, 040003 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4982779 Jack Sarfatti1,a)

Progress in post-quantum mechanics

ABSTRACT Newton’s mechanics in the 17th century increased the lethality of artillery. Thermodynamics in the 19th led to the steam-powered industrial revolution. Maxwell’s unification of electricity, magnetism and light gave us electrical power, the telegraph, radio and television. The discovery of quantum mechanics in the 20th century by Planck, Bohr, Einstein, Schrödinger, Heisenberg led to the creation of the atomic and hydrogen bombs as well as computer chips, the worldwide-web and Silicon Valley’s multibillion-dollar corporations. The lesson is that breakthroughs in fundamental physics, both theoretical and experimental, have always led to profound technological wealth-creating industries and will continue to do so. There is now a new revolution brewing in quantum mechanics that can be divided into three periods. The first quantum revolution was from 1900 to about 1975. The second quantum information/computer revolution was from about 1975 to 2015. (The early part of this story is told by Kaiser in his book, How the Hippies Saved Physics, how a small group of Berkeley/San Francisco physicists triggered that second revolution.) The third quantum revolution is how an extension of quantum mechanics may lead to the understanding of consciousness as a natural physical phenomenon that can emerge in many material substrates, not only in our carbon-based biochemistry. In particular, this new post-quantum mechanics may lead to naturally conscious artificial intelligence in nano-electronic machines, as well as perhaps extending human life spans to hundreds of years and more.

Bulletin of the American Physical Society, March Meeting 2018, Los Angeles Session V08: Quantum and Relativistic Frontiers 2:30 PM–5:18 PM, Thursday, March 8, 2018 LACC Room: 153C Sponsoring Unit: DCMP Abstract: V08.00001 : The Meaning of Quantum Mechanics 2:30 PM–2:42 PM


Presenter: Jack Sarfatti (Internet Science Education Foundation) The debate over the meaning and completeness of quantum mechanics between Einstein and Bohr has never been settled. David Kaiser describes it in his book "How the Hippies Saved Physics." I will describe some extraordinary recent papers by Huw Price, Roderick Sutherland and others that make David Bohm's 1952 pilot wave "hidden variable theory" completely relativistic replacing nonlocality with local retrocausality especially for complex many-particle entangled systems. The need for configuration space is eliminated by Costa de Beauregard's "zig-zag" used by John Cramer and Yakir Aharonov, and this permits quantum gravity to be reformulated in a simple way. Even more important is that Sutherland's use of the Feynman-Schwinger action principle in Bohm's picture shows how statistical linear unitary quantum mechanics is a limiting case of a deeper non-statistical nonlinear non-unitary post-quantum mechanics. Indeed, the latter's relation to the former is identical to the relation of general relativity to special relativity - both generalized theories use Einstein's action-reaction as the common organizing idea. God does not play dice with the universe in the new post-quantum mechanics.

100 Year Starship study[edit]

In 2010 Sarfatti was among 30 people invited to join a working group, the 100-Year Starship study, financed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and NASA's Ames Research Center, to discuss how interstellar space flight might be achieved.[62] Sarfatti was invited by Creon Levit of NASA, who told the BBC that Sarfatti is able to discuss unusual ideas without worrying about the effect on his career: "Although his interests and style are outside of the mainstream, he is a fully pedigreed physicist and he knows as much or more than mainstream physicists. When he talks about "warp drives", he knows what he's talking about. He knows he's speculating."[14] Sarfatti met with Hal Puthoff and Christopher "Kit" Green in London Oct 26 - 28 at the Fetzer Foundation funded Bohm Centennial at the University of London. Sarfatti was a Research Fellow with David Bohm at Birkbeck College in the early 1970s where he also helped arrange the tests of Uri Geller by "David Bohm and John Hasted". Hal Puthoff is now actively involved in the analysis of the "2004 "Tic Tac" USS Nimitz Close Encounter" as is Sarfatti. Sarfatti believes that he knows how the Tic Tac flies using the technology of "low power warp drive." Sarfatti's invited paid talk to the 2011 NASA-DARPA Starship is "here". Sarfatti's 2018 book Star Gate Apple Ibooks Store description is: "Update on MIT physics professor David Kaiser’s award winning book “How the Hippies Saved Physics” on the birth of the emerging multi-billion dollar quantum computer/encryption technology back in the 1970s. The author physicist Jack Sarfatti was a major subject of Kaiser’s book mentioned hundreds of times. This book updates the story to 2018 about the coming technology of fully conscious quantum computers artificial intelligence. Also included is an introduction to the physics of room temperature superconductivity in living matter generating our consciousness indeed our very souls. A popular introduction to the physics of time travel now observed in the real close encounter "Tic Tac" contact with advanced intelligence from our future by fighter jets from US Navy aircraft carrier Nimitz Battle Group in November 2004 off the coast of San Diego, California concludes the book."

Selected works[edit]

  • Toben, Bob (1975). Space-Time and Beyond: Toward an Explanation of the Unexplainable. E.P. Dutton (Toben in conversation with Fred Alan Wolf and Jack Sarfatti). ISBN 978-0-525-47399-2
  • (2005). Super Cosmos: Through Struggles to the Stars. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4184-7662-5
  • (2002). Space-Time and Beyond II. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4033-9022-6
  • (2002). Destiny Matrix. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-0-7596-9689-1
  • (2018). Star Gate: Conscious Artificial Intelligence & Time Travel Space Craft. Ibooks Store Apple ID




  1. ^ David Kaiser, 2011: "From [Eugene] Wigner and [John] Wheeler, Sarfatti took the point that everyone's consciousness participates in shaping quantum processes, both by deciding which observations to make and by collapsing the multiplying possibilities into definite outcomes. Sarfatti recast Wigner's main argument in terms of action and reaction. Surely matter can affect consciousness ... so why not posit an equal and opposite reaction of consciousness on matter?"[2]

    David Hodgson, 2005: "[P]hysicist Jack Sarfatti has devised a theory of consciousness and free will based upon Bohm's version of QM [quantum mechanics], or post-QM. Sarfatti's unorthodox work does not yet appear in any book or published article, but it can be found on the internet ..."[3]

  2. ^ Paavo T. I. Pylkkänen, 2006: "The physicist Jack Sarfatti, in particular, has emphasized the need for an explanation of how the individual particle influences its own field and has proposed mechanisms for such 'back-action,' also emphasizing, in a very interesting way, its importance in understanding the mind-matter relationship and how consciousness arises (see, for example, Sarfatti (1997)."[4]

    Steven M. Rosen, 1994: "A major theme of Tobin, Sarfatti, and Wolf's exposition is that 'all is consciousness.' At every level of organization in the hierarchy of space-time domains, singularities or holes develop at the fringes, destroying the continuity that prevailed in the middle regions. Consciousness is identified as the 'hidden variable' that creates the holes and then fills them, restoring continuity. In the process, the next level of hierarchy is produced. Thus the secret thread with which plural realities are sewn together is consciousness. ... Therefore, in his opening statement, Sarfatti offers 'the idea that consciousness is at the root of the material universe' (Toben, Sarfatti, and Wolf 1975, p. 126) ..."[5]

  3. ^ David Kaiser 2011: "The hippie physicists' concerted push on Bell's theorem and quantum entanglement instigated major breakthroughs ... The most important became known as the "no-cloning theorem," a new insight into quantum theory that emerged from spirited efforts to wrestle with hypothetical machines dreamed up by members of the Fundamental Fysiks Group."[26]
  4. ^ Robert P. Crease, Alfred Scharff Goldhaber, 2014: "The textbook that briefly mentioned Bell's theorem was Kurt Gottfried, Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals (W. A. Benjamin, 1966). The first quantum mechanics textbook that Kaiser has found that devotes any attention to Bell's theorem was Sakurai's 1985 textbook Modern Quantum Mechanics, i.e. Bell's theorem did not enter mainstream physics textbooks until after the Fundamental Fysiks Group had left its impact."[27]
  5. ^ Malcolm W. Browne, New York Times, 1986: "The overwhelming majority of physicists deny the possibility that any form of communication could travel faster than the speed of light. But one physicist at the New York meeting, Dr. Jack Sarfatti of San Francisco, said that he not only believes that faster-than-light communication is possible by means of time loops, but that he is trying to attract backing from the Defense Department in developing a practical faster-than-light system."[57]


  1. ^ a b c Stephen Schwartz, "The Universe, As Seen From North Beach", San Francisco Chronicle, August 17, 1997, p. 5.
  2. ^ David Kaiser, How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival. W. W. Norton & Company Inc, 2011, p. 65.
  3. ^ David Hodgson, "Quantum Physics, Consciousness and Free Will," in Robert Kane (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Free Will, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 110, n. 4.
  4. ^ Paavo T. I. Pylkkänen, Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order, Springer Science & Business Media, 2006, p. 37.
  5. ^ Steven M. Rosen, Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle, State University of New York Press, 1994, p. 143.
  6. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. 65; Michael Talbot, Mysticism and the New Physics, Penguin, 1993, pp. 2, 65.
    Jack Sarfatti, "Retrocausality and Signal Nonlocality in Consciousness and Cosmology", Journal of Cosmology, 14, 2011.

    For "Conceptual Art," Alex Burns, "Jack Sarfatti: Weird Science", 21C magazine, 1996. For physics replacing philosophy, Schwartz 1997, p. 1.

  7. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. xxiiiff; David Kaiser, "Lecture: How the Hippies Saved Physics", WGBH PBS, April 28, 2010 (hereafter Kaiser 2010), from 04:00 mins, particularly from 11:00 mins.

    Hugh Gusterson, "Physics: Quantum outsiders", Nature, 476, 278–279, August 18, 2011.

  8. ^ a b George Johnson, "What Physics Owes the Counterculture", The New York Times, June 17, 2011.
  9. ^ For Sarfatti's authorship of Space-Time and Beyond, Kaiser 2011, p. 136; Rosen 1994, p.  141; also see Kaiser 2010, from 23:22 mins.
  10. ^ Technology Review, Association of Alumni and Alumnae of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976, p. 1; Jack Sarfatti, Destiny Matrix. AuthorHouse, 2002, p. 93.
  11. ^ Hyman Sarfatti, "My Story: Cosmic Consciousness & Me", Scientific GOD Journal, 5(8), October 2014 (pp. 660–682), pp. 660, 664.
  12. ^ a b c d Alex Burns, "Jack Sarfatti: Weird Science", 21C magazine, 1996.
  13. ^ Sarfatti, Destiny Matrix, pp. 24–27, 95; Kaiser 2011, p. 71.
  14. ^ a b Sharon Weinberger, "100 Year Starship: An interstellar leap for mankind?", BBC, March 22, 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Coming Soon". Praxisforlife.org. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ For the MS, Schwartz 1997, p. 5; for the PhD, Jack Sarfatt[i], "Gauge Invariance in the Theory of Superfluidity", The Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System.
  17. ^ "If the beer don't get you, then the black holes must," New Scientist, October 18, 1973, p. 165.

    For a paper he wrote in Trieste, Jack Sarfatti, "Toward a Unified Field Theory of Gravitation and Strong Interactions", Foundations of Physics, 5(2), 1975.

  18. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. 63.
  19. ^ H. M. Collins and T. J. Pinch, Frames of Meaning: The Social Construction of Extraordinary Science, Routledge, 2013, p. 189, n. 4.
  20. ^ Kaiser 2010, from 24:00 mins.
  21. ^ "25th reunion of the Fundamental Physics Group", quantumtantra.com.
  22. ^ Kaiser 2010, from 23:22 mins; for Capra's membership, from 45:00 mins, and Kaiser 2011, p. 139.
  23. ^ Kaiser 2011, pp. xv–xvi.
  24. ^ Max Heirich, "Cultural Breakthroughs", "American Behavioral Scientist", 19(6), July/August 1976 (pp. 685–702), pp. 696–699.
  25. ^ a b Kaiser 2010, from 23:22 mins.
    Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, HarperOne, 2001 (first published 1979), p. x.
    Martin Gardner and John Archibald Wheeler, "Quantum Theory and Quack Theory", New York Review of Books, May 17, 1979.

    Jack Sarfatti, "The Superluminal", The New York Review of Books, September 27, 1979.

  26. ^ Kaiser 2011, pp. xiii–xxxv.
  27. ^ Robert P. Crease, Alfred Scharff Goldhaber, The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty, W. W. Norton & Company, 2014, pp. 263–264, 304, n. 9.
  28. ^ Kaiser 2010, around 28 mins.

    For Stanford Research Institute, "The Magician And the Think Tank", Time magazine, March 12, 1973.

  29. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. xvii.
  30. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. xviii.
  31. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. xviii; Sarfatti, Destiny Matrix, p. 117.
  32. ^ *[1] Sarfatti with Russell Targ on CIA experiments in remote viewing
  33. ^ a b Kaiser 2011, pp. 71–72; Kaiser 2010: Geller from 21:00 mins, Sarfatti's involvement from 23:22 mins.
  34. ^ a b c Joseph Hanlon, "Uri Geller and Science," New Scientist, October 17, 1974, pp. 170–185: pp. 178–183 for Stanford Research Institute; p. 180 for "circus atmosphere" and Geller being in control; p. 184 for Birkbeck and Sarfatti.
  35. ^ "Investigating the paranormal", Nature, editorial, October 18, 1974; Russell Targ, Harold Puthoff, "Information transmission under conditions of sensory shielding", Nature, 251, October 17, 1974, pp. 602–607. doi:10.1038/251602a0
  36. ^ Kaiser 2010, from c. 23:44 mins.
  37. ^ Hanlon's view is, however, contradicted here: http://www.remoteviewed.com/remote_viewing_history_military.htm
  38. ^ J. B. Hasted, The metal-benders, Routledge, 1981, p. 18.

    Boyce Rensberger, "Physicists Test Telepathy In a 'Cheat-Proof' Setting; Random Selection", The New York Times, October 22, 1974.

  39. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. 72. Sarfatti wrote: "My personal professional judgment as a PhD physicist is that Geller demonstrated genuine psycho-energetic ability at Birkbeck, which is beyond the doubt of any reasonable man, under relatively well controlled and repeatable experimental conditions." Also see Kaiser 2010, from 23:22 mins.
  40. ^ J. B. Hasted, et al., News, Nature, 254, April 10, 1975, pp. 470–471. doi:10.1038/254470a0
  41. ^ Jack Sarfatti, "Retraction on Geller", Science News, 108(23), December 6, 1975, p. 355; Boyce Rensberger, "Magicians term Israeli 'psychic' a fraud", The New York Times, December 13, 1975.
  42. ^ Kaiser 2011, pp. 15, 298, n. 18.
  43. ^ Kaiser 2010, from 28:00 mins.
  44. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. 114; Kaiser 2010, from 33:00 mins.
  45. ^ Kaiser 2010, from 38:00 mins.
  46. ^ Kaiser 2011, pp. 131–138; Kaiser 2010, from 40:00 mins.
  47. ^ Kaiser 2011, p. 145.
  48. ^ Kaiser 2011, pp. 136–137.
  49. ^ Kaiser 2011, pp. 197–202.
  50. ^ "Saturday Night Science: Flying Saucers Explained - Ricochet". ricochet.com. 
  51. ^ Sutherland, Roderick (February 1, 2017). "Lagrangian Description for Particle Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics -- Entangled Many-Particle Case". Foundations of Physics. 47 (2): 174–207. arXiv:1509.02442Freely accessible. Bibcode:2017FoPh...47..174S. doi:10.1007/s10701-016-0043-6. 
  52. ^ "Free Will and Retrocausality in the Quantum World". prce.hu. 
  53. ^ Valentini, Antony (August 1, 2002). "Subquantum Information and Computation". Pramana. 59 (2): 269–277. arXiv:quant-ph/0203049Freely accessible. Bibcode:2002Prama..59..269V. doi:10.1007/s12043-002-0117-1. 
  54. ^ Appendix Seven, REPORT ON THE BOHR-TERELETSKY MEETINGS, DOCUMENTS FROM THE RUSSIAN STATE ARCHIVE, SPECIAL TASKS THE MEMOIRS OF AN UNWANTED WITNESS - A SOVIET SPYMASTER, Pavel and Anatoli Sudoplatov with Jerold L and Leona P. Schecter, New Foreword by Robert Conquest (Hoover Institute, Stanford) Updated Edition, pp.483-4, Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company 1994 ISBN 0-316-82115-2 (pb).
  55. ^ Schecter, Schechter, and Powers. "'Were the Atom Scientists Spies?': An Exchange". www.nybooks.com. New York Review of Books. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  56. ^ Herbert Gold, Bohemia: Where Art, Angst, Love, and Strong Coffee Meet, Simon & Schuster, 1993, p. 15.
  57. ^ Malcolm W. Browne, "Quantum Theory: Disturbing Questions Remain Unsolved", The New York Times, February 11, 1986, p. 2:
  58. ^ Jack Sarfatti, "Progress in Post-Quantum Theory", International Space Sciences Organization, undated.
  59. ^ Stephen Schwartz, "Volunteers needed. Brothers help organizations get on information superhighway for free", San Francisco Chronicle, November 20, 1995.
  60. ^ Marilee Enge, "Physicist's 'Bohemian' Ways," San Jose Mercury News, August 7, 2000.

    Jack Sarfatti, "Progress in post-quantum physics and unified field theory", in Richard L. Amoroso, et al. (eds.), Gravitation and Cosmology: From the Hubble Radius to the Planck Scale, Proceedings of a Symposium in Honour of the 80th Birthday of Jean-Pierre Vigier, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002, pp. 419–430.

  61. ^ Matthew Reisz, "He didn't see that coming, or did he?", Times Higher Education, April 29, 2010, archive copy.
  62. ^ "About", "100 Year Starship Study™ Public Symposium", 100yearstarshipstudy.com.

Further reading[edit]

, * Merali, Zeeya. "Back From the Future", Discover magazine, April 2010.