Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Life

Podcast: The Quantum Mindcast

podcast2 What is Time?
What is time, and what does it have to do with consciousness? In this episode we’ll take a look at what science says about time and how it relates to things like free will and consciousness. While time itself can’t be fully defined and seems to be either a fundamental property of the universe, or […]

5-Minute Quantum Physics Video Tutorials

Blog The Three Polarizer Paradox: 5-Minute Quantum Physics
A tutorial on the “three polarizer paradox”. Actually the stuff we see in this tutorial won’t be all that paradoxical, just a little unexpected perhaps. The real “paradox” will emerge in the next tutorial when we look at photons. Nevertheless, we need to know how things look classically before we start messing about with semi-hypothetical […]


Blog Could Consciousness Have Evolved?
I suspect the article that I’m about to write is going to annoy almost everyone, except for those who enjoy exploring genuine mysteries, even mysteries that challenge their existing beliefs. Consciousness is a very woolly term, so lets focus on just one particular aspect of it, with which we’re all too familiar — the experience […]

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17 thoughts on “Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Life

  1. ron

    do you plan to continue with the consciousness podcast sometime? I really enjoyed it , and I’m looking for ideas in this direction. the idea of turning the universe inside out , like the name of one of your episodes, is quite an appealing one, but it’s very hard to build a theory out of it. I watched peter russels “The Primacy of Consciousness” which have similar ideas but doesn’t seem to do much with it. also allen watts – a great speaker and a great interpreter of eastern philosophy, but still – no real concrete connection to modern physics. anyway, I will be very happy to ear the continuation of the podcast. weather you were able or not to connect the dots. you have a very elegant and intriguing way of podcasting.

    1. John Post author

      Thanks for the reminder! I had forgotten about this whole project :) Maybe I will continue it. I was thinking of starting again in some form, because it seems like my podcast comes across as a bit vague, and in my head it’s not really so vague …. Very hard to make a theory of physics out of it, for sure, but I can see a way forward at least. Anyway, glad you liked it!

  2. Owen

    Keep up the good work chap, I’ve been searching for challenging material like this for ages and really enjoy the way you present this whole field. Totally natural and engaging combined with fascinating theories…can’t wait for more!


  3. Vish

    Hey – Thanks to your Java course , I really learned a lot from it. Also , I received an email from john@caveofprogramming ,saying all of your courses will be offered @ $9 , it sounded like something fishy.
    Can you confirm me on it.

    1. John Post author

      Sorry for the very slow reply! I haven’t checked this site in a while. I think it was legit — was it from Ankur? If so then yes, I gave him permission to hold a sale for me.

  4. Google

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I have
    read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you
    have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this page.

  5. jai

    Thanks a ton John,
    I am an engineer with meager resources and am from India. I thought of learning programming language.I learnt PL/SQL but somehow got tired as most courses are costly,second travel time in our country is too high as well as its too strenuous for people working like me.
    As i have completed around 12 videos of Java i found it not only presented extremely well but highly recommended to everyone who like to learn at the comfort of their home/office and who have very little money .Thanks for yeoman service rendered for cause of educating plenty like me and in India we respect our teacher or GURU .My humble thank you to you my GURU .

  6. Ahmed

    Hello John,

    Again amazing videos and great work. In Germany they say ” Wissen ist Leben ” which means knowledge is life.
    Please, keep it up. I am very interested in physics and I love your tutorials.

  7. Cellixii

    Just wanted to let you know that I have been listening to some of your podcast and you have been given a great talent of expressing ideas and in a way that I can understand. Sometimes I will listen to a podcast two or three times and I learn something or understand the podcast in different ways. I am no longer a materialist to a point now where I now question everything that that I listen to and no longer think that great minds may not necessarily have it right. I keep a open mind now. Now I have just one question. If all galaxies are flying away from each other then why can’t we have a way to measure 1/x squared to we would be able to measure the light that is measured from that galaxy instead of just saying it is red or blue shift and then saying that galaxy in moving farther or coming closer. It just strikes me in there not a better way to determine what that galaxy is doing. Sorry for my inept writing and lack of understanding but I am trying to understand and still quite a novice and realize that this question may be just a fundamental one that most people understand on this type of website. I have so many questions and just listening to you answers some with intriguing possibilities. I hope you keep doing podcast from time to time because if there is a reality that a person has a purpose or calling then you certainly have it. Thanks and good health, family, and any fortune that may lie upon your doorstep. Cliff E.

    1. John Post author

      Hi Cliff, sorry for the very slow reply! I have only just got back to thinking about this site. I’m not an expert on astrophysics, but my understanding is that the problem is that galaxies are liable to move at various speeds, depending on how far away they are. The further away they are, the faster they are moving. So if you can determine how far away a galaxy is, you can make a good guess about how fast it’s going to be moving away.

  8. Athena

    Hello, John. I really love your Quantum Mindcast podcast–I have listened to all the episodes and am looking forward to more. Your podcasts are very valuable because you speak plainly about all these difficult topics, and while some people may have called your podcast “vague,” I can definitely tell you are heading towards a unifying theory. Have you explored biocentrism as proposed by Dr. Robert Lanza? It seems as if you have based on the direction you’re moving. Anyway–thank you for your work and I really hope you bring it back! –Athena

    1. John Post author

      Hi Athena, I finally got around to logging into this site again! I’ve just finished writing a book on this stuff, so haven’t given the site much attention. Glad you like the podcast! Yes, I read Lanza’s book. It was a good read, although I wish he had talked in more exact terms a bit.


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