Science and metaphysics have been considered opposing forces for ages, but San Marcos writer Marie Jones said emerging evidence makes a case that the two are more related than people realize.
“I’ve been interested in the paranormal and quantum physics for years,” she said. “I started researching around 1994. I was very much into quantum physics then, and began reading a series of books and seeing more and more connections.”
Jones compiled her observations from those years, as well as what she learned in an intense six-month study on the subject, in her new book, “PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena” ($15.99, New Page Books).
The author of 30 inspirational books written on assignment and her own book, “Looking for God in All the Wrong Places,” Jones pitched her publisher the idea of a book tying together the paranormal and science and was told to get to work immediately.
“They wanted to get it out quickly because the subject is so hot,” she said.
The success of the 2004 film “What the Bleep Do We Know,” which juxtaposed interviews with physicists and neurologists with New Age commentary, no doubt helped spark her publisher’s interest. Pavel Mikoloski, the marketing manager for “Bleep,” wrote the foreword to Jones’ “PSIence” and said much of the core audience of his film had read the books cited in Jones’ bibliography.
Jones worked on the book for six months, trying to find possible scientific explanations for UFOs, ghosts, deja vu, telekinesis, remote viewing, ESP and other unexplained phenomena.
While she doesn’t profess to be an expert in any of those areas or in science, Jones is one well-read researcher. Her bibliography lists 59 books, magazine articles and journals she tore through in her six months of research. Subjects included black holes, worm holes, hauntings, the Bermuda Triangle, string theory, UFOs, time travel and other subjects.
“I wanted to be kind of a reporter,” she said about assimilating information.
Much of her research involved theories and studies of energy. As she researched new findings, however, she found it challenging to keep up with the latest information.
“Over the last couple of weeks, two physicists were able to make a particle move just by looking at it,” she said about a study at Cornell University. Jones read about the study on the Web site World Science.
While the scientific community makes discoveries in a variety of fields, they may unwittingly be uncovering answers to metaphysical mysteries, Jones said.
“We know from quantum physics that something can be a wave and a particle at the same time, and it doesn’t become a formed object until someone observes it,” she said about studies about energy.
While intriguing in themselves, Jones said such findings could prove that something can be in two different places at the same time. While a scientist may not think of it, Jones wondered whether the phenomenon might lend credibility to some yogis, for example, who claim they can be in two places simultaneously.
Likewise, some scientists are studying the theory that space can be bent and worm holes can lead to places far, far away. Jones said many people have wondered if the theories ultimately may explain how a UFO can travel to Earth from planets that are light-years away.
The entanglement theory that two particles that once were in contact can continue to communicate apart could lead to an explanation of ESP or perhaps why some people say they see ghosts, Jones said.
“Theoretical physicists believe we have 12 dimensions of space and one of time, but there are some theoretical physicists who speculate we have two (time dimensions),” Jones said about a theory that could make time travel possible.
With scientific research continuing, Jones said she is not sure what may be proved or disproved in the near future. As an example of how fast science moves, Jones said she referred to the planet Pluto in her book, which was downgraded to a dwarf planet by the time her book was released.
As in the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know,” Jones concludes that while the theories in her book might explain some mysterious phenomena, so far we just don’t know.
“This could all be proven wrong tomorrow,” she said about her book. “Things are changing so fast. This book is either going to be obsolete in a year or the best-seller in the world because it’s all true. I hope it’s the latter.”
GARY WARTH, North County Times