Physicist Believes We Are Living in a Virtual Reality | Thomas Campbell

“The smaller your reality, the more convinced you are that you know everything.”

— Thomas Campbell 

Soon after earning his doctoral degree in physics, a young Thomas Campbell was introduced to the book, “Journeys Out of the Body,” by Robert A. Monroe. Monroe published his book in 1971 after a series of unwanted spiritual experiences that began in 1958. The one thing these experiences had in common was that they all occurred in a state of consciousness that Monroe described as “out-of-body”.

In the book, Monroe describes gradually awakening to the reality of multiple dimensions beyond the known physical world. When Thomas Campbell was asked his opinion of the book, his response was skeptical enough to question its validity, but open-minded enough to maintain a friendly curiosity to investigate further.

After meeting Monroe, a respectable and successful businessman in his 40’s, Campbell was impressed with Monroe’s genuine desire to scientifically explore and validate these mysterious aspects of consciousness. So, he eventually began participating in this research utilizing Monroe’s self-funded consciousness research lab. And after a few years of research, he and Monroe’s team accrued enough evidence to convince themselves that they were indeed entering into, and communicating nonlocally within, a reality that included but also transcended this physical world of spacetime. 

One of these experiments showed conclusively that Campbell and his research associate were accumulating information nonlocally in ways that could not be explained by any conventional means. In this experiment, Campbell and his associate were separated electromagnetically and acoustically in different rooms, each with a single mic dedicated to its own channel. After Monroe led them into an altered state in which they ventured beyond the confines of the building, they each had the distinct sensation of occupying the same space, even though their bodies were clearly separated enough to rule out any physical interaction.

They each spoke out loud as Monroe asked them questions about what they were experiencing, and their responses were recorded on separate channels and later synchronized and played together. When Campbell and his associate later heard the synchronized recordings, they were stunned to realize that they had been having a coherent conversation with one another, replete with questions and answers flowing seamlessly between them, even though they were in thoroughly separated rooms and could not physically hear one another.

Along the course of his extended research, Campbell began developing a theory of consciousness that later produced the “My Big Toe” trilogy of books in which he expounded upon his theory of everything (TOE). In his view, because science now agrees that the basis for the physical universe is best conceived as information, this means that spacetime itself is a kind of computed simulation, a virtual reality. In essence, life is much bigger than we think. In the above video, Campbell eloquently expounds upon his time with Monroe as well as his scientific theory of consciousness which developed as a result, and it’s a worthwhile watch.

Further Reading

Campbell, T. (2007) My Big Toe: A Trilogy Unifying Philosophy, Physics, and Metaphysics: Awakening, Discovery, Inner Workings. Lightning Strike Books.

Monroe, R. A. (1992) Journeys Out of Body: The Classic Work on Out-of-Body Experience (Journeys Trilogy). Broadway Books.

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