Thomas W. Campbell

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Thomas Warren Campbell (December 9, 1944) is a physicist, lecturer, and author of the My Big T.O.E. (Theory of Everything), a trilogy of books that claims to unify general relativity, quantum mechanics, and metaphysics along with the origins of consciousness. The work is based on the simulation argument, which posits that reality is both virtual and subjective.


Campbell's paper "On Testing the Simulation Theory" was published in 2017 in the International Journal of Quantum Foundations. [1] In it, he and his co-authors proposed several experiments aimed at testing the simulation hypothesis. In 2018 they started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the experiments, which reached $236,590, more than the required sum of $150,000. [2] The experiments are being conducted by a team at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. [3]

Work with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense

Campbell received a B.S. in Physics as well as an M.S. in Physics. He started but did not finish a PhD in experimental nuclear physics with a thesis on low-energy nuclear collisions. He worked as a systems analyst with U.S. Army technical intelligence for a decade before moving into the research and development of technology supporting defensive missile systems. Subsequently, he spent the better part of 30 years working within the U.S. missile defense community as a contractor to the Department of Defense. [4] [ better source needed ] Campbell most recently worked for NASA within the Ares I program (follow-on to the Shuttle) assessing and solving problems of risk and vulnerability to ensure mission and crew survivability and success.

Work with Robert Monroe

After receiving his master's degree in physics in 1968, Campbell enrolled in a transcendental meditation class and discovered an aptitude for it, a technique he says he would employ to discover errors in his computer code while working for U.S. Army Intelligence.[ citation needed ] Around this time, Campbell was introduced to Robert Monroe's book Journeys Out Of The Body, on out-of-body experiences. Upon learning that Monroe was looking for scientists to help him study altered states of consciousness, Campbell applied for the position and subsequently began working with Monroe at Monroe Laboratories. This research facility would evolve to become The Monroe Institute. Tom is the "TC physicist" described in Monroe's second book Far Journeys. [5] Both Campbell and electrical engineer Dennis Mennerich were instrumental in developing TMI's "Hemi-Sync" technology, based on the binaural beat method for creating specific altered states of consciousness within subjects. [6] Campbell believes his research with Monroe informed many of his insights into the nature of reality and mechanics of what he calls "the larger consciousness system".

My Big TOE

Campbell's My Big TOE (Theory of Everything) trilogy of books ("Awakening", "Discovery", "Inner Workings") was published in 2003 and is about Campbell's theory of "Absolute Unbounded Oneness", which he describes as "a high entropy primordial consciousness energy-form". According to Campbell, this evolves into "a much lower-entropy consciousness energy-form called AUM (Absolute Unbounded Manifold)", which is "the fundamental source consciousness". Campbell refers to the AUM as "the Big Dude" and compares it to the gods of other religions; he explores "AUM's personality and feelings in juxtaposition to your personality and feelings": "Does AUM ever annoy itself, have a bad day, or get bored or lonely playing only with and by itself?" Campbell also describes other entities: "NPMRN ["one of a dozen or so subsets of NPMR" (non physical-matter reality)] has its own Chief Executive Officer... The 'Big Cheese' as I fondly call him... The Big Cheese is clearly a male entity... The Supreme Beings, CEOs, or leaders of each NPMRN are each unique and different entities with different purposes, styles and personalities."

Campbell writes that "a Big TOE that reaches beyond PMR [physical matter reality] absolutely must have at least one mystical leg to stand on." The book also includes a guide to meditation, a discussion of love ("Love is a technical term defined by an absence of entropy in consciousness"), and a discussion of "psi phenomena" ("The realness of psi effects must be personally experienced to be accepted or understood... Those who are ready to progress to the next level of being will somehow discover the truth, while those who are not ready will remain clueless"). [7]

My Big Toe has garnered an international following. Campbell created a YouTube channel in 2007 and, as of 2 December 2019, Campbell has uploaded 691 videos with more than 7.5 million views in total. [8] Campbell's videos consist of his lectures, public appearances, interviews, and "fireside chats" explaining his theory. [9] He continues to lecture around the world, holding workshops on My Big TOE, teaching workshops on the principles of simulation theory and speaking at conferences on the topic of consciousness.

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  1. Campbell, Tom; Owhadi, Houman; Sauvageau, Joe; Watkinson, David (June 17, 2017). "On Testing the Simulation Theory". International Journal of Quantum Foundations. 3 (3): 78–99.
  2. "Do we live in a Virtual Reality?". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. Updates | Center for the Unification of Science And Consciousness
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  5. Thomas W. Campbell at Google Books
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  7. My Big Toe: Awakening, Discovery, Inner Workings: A Trilogy Unifying Philosophy, Physics, and Metaphysics Thomas W. Campbell at Google Books
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