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Transcending the Speed of Light: Consciousness, Quantum Physics, and the Fifth Dimension [Paperback]

Marc Seifer Ph.D. , Stanley Krippner Ph.D.
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Book Description

August 13, 2008
A study of the new scientific understanding of consciousness and the mind as a fifth dimension of reality

• Introduces the existence of a fifth dimension--one of mind--an inner- or hyperspace where time is transcended

• Shows how the barrier of the speed of light is actually a gateway demarking the fifth dimension

Since the introduction of Descartes’ dualism in the seventeenth century, the mind and the physical world have been viewed as disconnected entities. Yet qualities of mind such as awareness, purposeful action, organization, design, and even decision-making are present within the structure of matter and within the dimensions of space and time.

The space-time continuum of scientists generally ignores the realm of the mind, though phenomena such as imaginary numbers, used by Einstein to combine space with time, are concepts that only exist in the mind. Marc Seifer contends that the inadequacy of four-dimensional models to account for our experience of mental phenomena points to the consciousness of the mind as a higher organizing principle, a fifth dimension where thoughts are as real and quantifiable as our familiar physical world. He shows that because thought enables us to move backward and forward through time--reflecting on the past and making plans for the future--this fifth dimension of mind breaks the laws of relativity, thereby transcending the speed of light. His extensive study of this fifth dimension ranges from relativity and ether theory to precognition, telepathy, and synchronicity, all from the perspective of the conscious universe.

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“I highly recommend this book to any and all readers who are seriously interested in the puzzling problem of the nature of mind and consciousness. I most enthusiastically endorse Marc’s work.” (Col. Tom Bearden (retired), author of Excalibur Briefing)

“How is it possible for consciousness to exist in the physical universe? This is the classic mind-body problem that has eluded philosophers for many generations. Now it appears that answers are within reach. The depth of Marc Seifer’s scholarship and the clarity of his thinking make this book a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the frontiers of consciousness research.” (Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., Dean of Consciousness Studies Research, University of Philosophical Researc)

"The author goes to great length to encourage the reader to connect the dots between phenomena understood and occurrences and relationships more abtruse. It is provocative and thoughtful and it should be showcased for its colorful cover in the Psychology, Science, and Philosophy areas of our stores." (Thomas Peter von Bahr, New Age Retailer, March 2009)

"I recommend this book to those who are looking for a more factual, scientific understanding of consciousness and how it exists and expresses in the physical world. This book gives an incredible, 'ah-hah' understanding of the universe and our existence with consciousness in it." (Barbara Cronin, CirclesofLight.com, Nov 2009)

"This is not a volume to be undertaken lightly, but the author does an admirable job of presenting the information in a manner that keeps the reader's eyes from glazing over." (D. Tigermoon, The Pagan Review, June 2010)

“Marc Seifer has made the difficult easy to understand as he covers such broad topics as cosmological coincidences, new theories on gravity, and higher states of consciousness. This book generates fresh ideas on the link between thoughts, the physical universe, and the speed of light. Transcending the Speed of Light is a bold new adventure into the exciting world of consciousness exploration.” (Uri Geller, paranormalist)

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“Marc Seifer has made the difficult easy to understand as he covers such broad topics as cosmological coincidences, new theories on gravity, and higher states of consciousness. This book generates fresh ideas on the link between thoughts, the physical universe, and the speed of light. Transcending the Speed of Light is a bold new adventure into the exciting world of consciousness exploration.”
--Uri Geller, paranormalist

“I highly recommend this book to any and all readers who are seriously interested in the puzzling problem of the nature of mind and consciousness. I most enthusiastically endorse Marc’s work.”
--Col. Tom Bearden (retired), author of Excalibur Briefing

Since the introduction of Descartes’ dualism in the seventeenth century, the mind and the physical world have been viewed as disconnected entities. Yet qualities of mind such as awareness, purposeful action, organization, design, and even decision making are present within the structure of matter and within the dimensions of space and time.

The spacetime continuum of scientists generally ignores the realm of the mind, though phenomena such as imaginary numbers, used by Einstein to combine space with time, are concepts that exist only in the mind. Marc Seifer contends that the inadequacy of four-dimensional models to account for our experience of mental phenomena points to the consciousness of the mind as a higher organizing principle, a fifth dimension where thoughts are as real and quantifiable as our familiar physical world. He shows that because thought enables us to move backward and forward through time--reflecting on the past and making plans for the future--this fifth dimension of mind breaks the laws of relativity, thereby transcending the speed of light. His extensive study of this fifth dimension ranges from relativity and ether theory to precognition, telepathy, and synchronicity, all from the perspective of the conscious universe.

MARC J. SEIFER, Ph.D., teaches psychology at Roger Williams University. He has studied under Bruno Bettelheim, Herbert Meltzer, and Stanley Krippner and is the author of several books, including Inward Journey: From Freud to Gurdjieff and the acclaimed Wizard: The Life & Times of Nikola Tesla. He lives in Rhode Island.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; First Edition, First Printing edition (August 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594772290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594772290
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marc J. Seifer, PhD has been a handwriting expert for more than 35 years and was editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Society of Professional Graphologists for more than a decade. He has worked for the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office and Crime Laboratory, the Department of Defense, Undersea Warfare, United Parcel Service, and numerous banks, insurance agencies, and lawyers. He was featured on the History Channel discussing the Howard Hughes Mormon Will and on Associated Press International TV on the handwriting of bin Laden. He has lectured at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Brandeis, Cranbrook Retreat, and numerous conferences around the world. Dr. Seifer teaches psychology and forensic graphology at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound to Become a Metaphysical Classic October 8, 2008
By Lilly
Format:Paperback
After listening to Marc Seifer on Coast to Coast I decided to get his book. As a lay reader, since I could follow what he was saying on he radio, I was hoping that his book would not get too technical and I wasn't disappointed. Seifer begins his book with a definition of the word consciousness and makes the case that if it is defined as a form of awareness, then elementary particles are aware because, to put it simply, electrons like protons and are not too keen on other electrons. Thus, if consciousness permeates the very fabric of the elementary particles, when they are combined in special ways, as found in one-celled organisms who are attracted to the Sun and later in the human brain, the ability to become conscious is an unbroken chain from organized matter to thinking man. Where man differs from the other animals is that he is conscious of being conscious.

But Seifer also discusses the term teleology, which is essentially goal directed behavior. Certain forms of matter take into account the future. For instance, snowflakes have a crystalline structure which gives them stability, trees are constructed so that they bend in the wind, squirrels bury acorns to plan for the winter. This all sets the stage for a deeper understanding of precognition, the human ability to glean the future.

Seifer is saying that if we look at the model that the physicists have created, people like Einstein talk about an "observer" but the physicists never deal with the MIND of the observer as a force in and of itself. Seifer wants to expand the 4-dimensional world designed by Einstein with 3 dimensions of space (height, width and depth) and 1 of time to 5 dimensions. The extra dimension would be that of mind or inner space.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, recommended November 30, 2008
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Seifer, Ph.D makes the case for consciousness and intelligent design in the universe simple and virtually indisputable. Furthermore, he gathers togeether a diverse range of thinkers from obscure occultists to the greatest scientists in history to reveal how truly fantastic existence is. This book provides a comprehensive glimpse into the cutting-edge of modern consciousness research and experimental physics and how they relate to such fascinating topics as astrology, synchronicity, precognition, the imaginal/subtle realms, and more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very "heady" stuff November 9, 2008
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Very thought provoking. Even if you do not agree with some of the proferences, there is a wealth of cohesive information on theories and philosophies about life and the universe compiled together in here that is not available together in anything else of its type that I have previously read or seen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars New Age Quantum "Spin" February 27, 2011
By U Dream
Format:Paperback
Two stars for the courage to tackle such a difficult project. The author draws from an extensive library, but just isn't up for the task. The book comes off as a parade of fantastic headlines accompanied by boastful name-dropping. Parapsychological researcher, Andrija Puharich, figures prominently. At about age 8 (1963), I spent a week at his home in upper state New York with my dad, who worked with him early on with his research. I'm not sure what happened, but recall seeing Puharich several years later with his hair grown long and touting the benefits of marijuana. I didn't know about his claim of being in contact with extraterrestials. Perhaps he experimented too much with LSD.
Never reading a book before have I put so many question marks in the margins. The fundamental flaw in Siefer's thesis is the use of scientific concepts to explain by analogy parapsychological phenomena. Consciousness is the fifth fundamental force and travels faster than the speed of light? What? The book is largely speculative imagination gone wild--characteristic of so much New Age myth-making today. I'm not one to deny the existence of phenomena that can't be explained scientifically; I just don't buy the pseudoscientific explanations that borrow terminology from disciplines that have nothing to say about the phenomena in question. (Remember Social Darwinism?). Hell, Rossignal manufactured a model of skis called "the quantum." "E = mc2" sells T-shirts and coffee mugs. When the ideas of modern physics found their way into popular culture, they provided a language for modern myth-making. That's the spin on quantum spin.
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