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Hagelin - Is Consciousness the Unified Field a Field Theorist's Perspective

Hagelin - Is Consciousness the Unified Field a Field Theorist's Perspective

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About the Author
 Dr. John Hagelin is Professor of Physics and Director of the Doc toral Program in Physics at Maharishi International University. Dr. Hagelin received his A.B. Summa Cum Laude from Dart mouth College in 1975. After completing his Ph. D. at Harvard University in 1981, Dr. Hagelin joined the theoretical physics groups at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), where he became actively engaged in fundamental research at the forefront of supersymmetric unified field theories. Following his positions at CERN and at SLAC, Dr. Hagelin joined the faculty of  Maharishi International University, where he established a doc toral program in elementary particle physics and unified quan tum field theories. Dr. Hagelin has published extensively in the area of supersymmetric unified quantum field theories in such
 journals as
Physics Letters, Nuclear Physics
The PhysicalReview.
Is Consciousness the Unified Field?A Field Theorist's Perspective
John S. Hagelin
Maharishi International UniversityFairfield, Iowa
 Abstract Progress in theoretical physics during the past decade has led to a progressively more unified understanding of the laws of nature, culminating in the recent discovery of completely unified  field theories. The parallel discovery of a unified field of consciousness raises fundamen tal questions concerning the relationship between the two. Following a general introduc tion to unified quantum field theories, we consider the proposal due to Maharishi MaheshYogi that the unified field of modern theoretical physics and the field of "pure consciousness" are identical. We show that the proposed identity between consciousness and the unified  field is consistent with all known physical principles, but requires an expanded physical  framework for the understanding of consciousness. Such a framework may indeed be required to account for experimentally observed field effects of consciousness and phenomeno-logical aspects of higher states of consciousness.
PART I: An Introduction to Unified Quantum Field Theories1. Quantum Field Theory 302. Electro-Weak Unification and Broken Symmetry 353. Grand Unification 414. Supersymmetry 435. Quantum Gravity and Supergravity 486. The Heterotic String 52PART II: Consciousness and the Unified Field1. Historical Perspectives 562. A Unified Field of Consciousness 603. Field Effects of Consciousness 644. Pure Consciousness and the Unified Field 735. Higher States of Consciousness and the Sidhis 786. Conclusion 80
This article is divided into two parts. Part I is a general introduction to unified quantumfield theories, which provides a conceptual foundation for the analysis in Part II. Althoughwritten for the nonspecialist, it is our hope that this presentation of fundamental principleswill be of sufficient depth and clarity to be of interest to the specialist as well. The specialistmay however, if he chooses, proceed directly to Part II, as both Part I and Part II are intended to be self-contained.
 t was Einstein's deep conviction that the laws of nature had a simple, geometric, unified  foundation and that this unification could be understood by the human intellect. In an at tempt to construct such a unified theory, he devoted the later part of his life to extending his geometric theory of gravity, known as general relativity, to include the electromag netic force. Unfortunately, the theoretical tools and understanding needed to achieve such a unification were not yet available, and his quest for a unified field theory remained largelyunfulfilled.Within the past decade, there have been a number of significant breakthroughs that haveled to a revitalization of progress and hope in this fundamental research area. One of theseis the principle of spontaneously broken symmetry, which locates deeply hidden symmetries of nature at fundamental space-time scales and explains the emergence of diverse forces from an initially unified field. A second breakthrough has been the discovery of a profound  symmetry principle called supersymmetry, which is capable of unifying force fields and mat ter fields in the context of a single field. A third is the discovery of superstring theories. Here we present an introduction to the conceptual foundations of unified field theories.This analysis includes a discussion of quantum field theory, spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism, electro-weak unification and grand unification, supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theories. In our presentation, we have strived to maintain some of the quantum-mechanical and field theoretic aspects of these subjects that are usually omitted in an introductory treatment. We also provide an up-to-date appraisal of the experimental and theoretical status of these theories.
1.1 Quantum Field Theory
The quantized theory of fields, in both its particle and string formulations, is the mostsophisticated and successful framework to emerge within the field of physics. It providesa natural extension of quantum mechanics from the nonrelativistic domain of atomic andmolecular systems to the relativistic domain of nuclear and elementary particle physics.Quantum field theory is fundamentally a theory of fields, which formally stands in relation to classical field theory as nonrelativistic quantum mechanics stands in relation to theclassical mechanics of a point particle. The application of quantum mechanics to fields hasimmediate and profound consequences. One such consequence is that the energy levels of the field become discrete or "quantized." Unlike a classical field, whose propagating wavescan have any amplitude and can thereby possess arbitrary energy, the stable propagatingstates of a quantum field are constrained to have discrete energies.

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