By Carol L. Hanner
Dr. Edward R. Close, PhD., looks every bit the elegant scientist, tall and thin, with pure white hair and a long, neatly trimmed white beard. He speaks in a soft voice, juggling so many complex concepts with ease that sometimes those with slower minds can barely keep up. His wife often travels with him and can act, Close says, as an interpreter when he geeks out, to put it in words he would probably never use.
His scientific partner, Dr. Vernon Neppe, MD and PhD, is every bit the eccentric brainy guy, the top of his bald head shining above shocks of Einsteinian gray hair that goes in many directions at once. He speaks in a voice that requires no microphone, with a British accent that could be a caricature (where “years” become “yeah-ahs”) if it weren’t the authentic speech of another very smart man.
The two have come up with their own Theory of Everything, and it answers many questions that other Theories of Everything must ignore or face dismantling, such as the presence of dark matter and dark energy, which are mysterious undefined somethings that account for 95 percent of the known universe.
At its core, their theory says a substance they call gimmel — which they posit to be continuous, timeless consciousness – is what makes up the universe, along with the physical reality we see, perceive, create and affect by observing it, as quantum physics says. Close and Neppe have come up with mathematical equations that appear to back up their theory with astonishing precision, using data that came from the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, the same source for discovery of the Higgs boson or “God Particle.”
The idea that infinite consciousness forms the fabric of the universe is not a crazy philosophy at all. But for science, this is a paradigm shift, as significant as science shifting from a view of the earth as the center of our universe to a view of the sun as the center around which our planets orbit. Much actual blood was spilled in that transition of reality concepts.
Quantum theory was the next paradigm shift, determining that tiny bits of reality called quanta exist as particles smaller than those at the core of our natural laws of physics and gravity. In quantum mechanics, everything is connected across time and space (non-local “spooky action at a distance,” as Einstein called it.) Everything exists in a state of potentiality, springing to existence and action only when observed (presumably by consciousness of some kind).
In each of these paradigm shifts, the scientific community responded for quite a long time with scorn, derision and oppression before ultimately confirming. And quantum physics still is dismissed by some, despite plentiful evidence of its validity.
Fellow scientists haven’t attacked Close and Neppe, as would be expected if the duo had concocted a cockamamie theory in contradiction to the theories that scientists have devoted their lives to defining and studying. Instead, those who have reviewed the work have not refuted it or found flaws in it, though they say more review is needed. And in many quarters of the scientific world, say Close and Neppe, the response has been overwhelming silence.
This comes as no huge surprise to those who notice that the word “consciousness” seems to be considered a third rail of science inquiry, fraught with tangential talk of spirit and soul and life independent of the body. Talk about consciousness and you’ve flown off into philosophy or religion, no matter how much physics anchors the equation. And yet, if it’s a Theory of Everything, why are some aspects of it not discussable? And why is the looming sphinx of dark matter not a concern?
Explaining their theory in detail required a full-day pre-conference workshop with Close and Neppe before the Academy of Spirit and Consciousness held its four-day seminar June 9-12 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Close is a physicist, mathematician, cosmologist, environmental engineer and planner who was a charter member of the U.S.G.S. Systems Analysis Group, where he developed state-of-the-art coastal and storm modeling techniques. Neppe is a psychiatrist and director of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle, as well as an author, speaker, playwright and philosopher.
Even trying to tease out the underlying concepts of their theory is difficult in this short space, but here are a few highlights of their theory, called TVDP or Triadic Dimensional-Distinction Vortical Paradigm:
It is based on a nine-dimensional spinning finite reality rather than the four dimensions that we normally consider as our reality – three dimensions of space and one dimension of time. Neppe and Close believe but can’t mathematically prove that those dimensions break down into three space, three time and three consciousness dimensions. Other theories of reality, including String Theory, have proposed additional dimensions, but the dimensions fold upon one another rather than spinning. The math of TVDP works out to explain some previously unidentified relationships if the dimensions are considered to be spinning.
Combinations of these dimensions could represent the “genome” of reality, similar to the amino acids that combine in different forms of DNA to create the human genome.
The math that Close and Neppe used explains the previously unexplained strange size of what is known as the Cabibbo mixing angle. Italian physicist Nicola Cabibbo’s original research in 1963 discovered this “mixing angle” in the elementary subatomic particles that were quickly named “quarks.” No one could say why the angle was 13.04 degrees. Close’s calculations come out exactly to that number when he uses his nine-dimensional reality. Close successfully performed the calculations after an anatomy professor at Johns Hopkins University in 2012 flippantly rejected the TVDP theory by quipping, “When you can explain why the Cabibbo Angle is what it is, then I’ll believe you.”
The TVDP theory presents consciousness — the substance mathematically defined as gimmel — as the source of reality, a cosmic soup from which the universe emerges. This solves the chronic question of what was there before the universe was created, whether by a Big Bang or some other way. Continuous, infinite consciousness was there, and reality manifests from it.
The TVDP theory allows explanation for meditation, near-death experiences, altered states of consciousness and possibly even space-time travel.
And, as Close has written, “I propose that this Primary Consciousness is none other than that which the Spiritual Masters of all times have called God, the Infinite Intelligence underlying reality and connecting the individualized consciousness of every living being.”
Want to know more? You can read Close’s book Transcendental Physics or Neppe and Close’s book Reality Begins with Consciousness: A Paradigm Shift That Works. Both are available at www.brainvoyage.com.