Biography: Thomas W. Campbell, Jr.

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Thomas W. Campbell, Jr.

Tom Campbell
Born December 9, 1944 (1944-12-09) (age 78)
  • Retired:
  • NASA Consultant,
  • US Missile Defense Systems
Employer Most recent: NASA
Notable works Author: Trilogy of My Big TOE

Part 1: Conventional education, Work history and Overview.

Tom Campbell, born in the USA in 1944 and captain of his High School wrestling team, earned his BS degree (Cum Laude) in 1966 with majors in both Mathematics and Physics from a small, but nationally distinguished, private liberal arts college. While an undergraduate, Tom became the president of his fraternity and chief Justice of the college’s student court.   Tom received a master’s degree in Physics in 1968. After this, work was commenced on a Ph. D. program with a specialization in experimental nuclear physics. He completed all course work, passed all examinations and completed his Ph. D. thesis research exploring excited states of the NA21 nucleus.  Nevertheless, Tom left the university before receiving his Doctorate.

Tom then worked as an analyst with Army technical intelligence for a decade before moving into the research and development of technology supporting defensive missile systems.  He has excelled as a working scientist, a professional physicist dedicated to pushing back the frontiers of cutting edge technology, large-system simulation, technology development and integration, and complex system vulnerability and risk analysis.

For 20 years subsequently, he worked at the heart of developing US missile defense systems with Department of Defense contractors working in the national missile defense program. He had attempted to retire more than once but was recalled. After formally retiring there, he most recently worked as a consultant for NASA within the Ares I program (follow-on to the Shuttle) assessing and solving problems of risk and vulnerability to insure mission and crew survivability and success.

Tom Campbell began researching altered states of consciousness with Bob Monroe (Journeys out Of the Body, Far Journeys, and The Ultimate Journey) at Monroe Laboratories in the early 1970s where he and a few others were instrumental in getting Monroe's laboratory for the study of consciousness up and running. These early, drug-free, consciousness pioneers helped design experiments, developed the technology for creating specific altered states, and were the main subjects of study (guinea pigs) all at the same time. Tom is the "TC (physicist)" described in Bob Monroe's second book Far Journeys. Tom has been experimenting with, and exploring the subjective and objective mind ever since. For the past thirty years, overlapping his career in physics described above, Tom has been focused on scientifically exploring the properties, boundaries, and abilities of consciousness.

Tom has been a serious explorer of the frontiers of reality, mind, consciousness, and psychic phenomena for the last forty years and continuing. Using his acquired mastery of the Out Of Body Experience as a research tool, Tom focused his work toward discovering the outer boundaries, inner workings, and causal dynamics of the larger reality system. The result of this research unites the worlds of objective and subjective experience under one scientific explanation, thus, achieving the goal of generating one unified, comprehensive theory of everything (TOE) that bridges metaphysics and physics with one scientific understanding.

In February of 2003, Tom published the My Big TOE trilogy (MBT) which represents the results and conclusions of his scientific exploration of the nature of existence. This overarching model of reality, mind, and consciousness explains the paranormal as well as the normal, places spirituality within a scientific context, solves a host of scientific paradoxes and provides direction for those wishing to personally experience an expanded awareness of All That Is. The MBT reality model explains metaphysics, spirituality, love, and human purpose at the most fundamental level, provides a complete theory of consciousness, and solves the outstanding fundamental physics problems of our time, deriving both relativity theory and quantum mechanics from first principles – something traditional physics cannot yet do. As a logic-based work of science, My Big TOE has no basis in belief, dogma, or any unusual assumptions.

At the same time, Tom Campbell's work, the model of reality which he developed, can be shown to be congruent with ancient Indian metaphysics (Indra's Net) and aspects of the teachings of the Buddha (equivalent to a description of a VR) as well as aspects of the nature of God observed by highly developed mystics from all of recorded history. While his work was independently derived and followed another path entirely, it also has over arching connections to all of historically and religiously derived metaphysics. His work provides insight regarding world wide shamanic understandings and practices and studies of paleolithic practices relating to consciousness observed world wide and referred to as ecstatic postures. Thus Tom Campbell's TOE not only unites physics and metaphysics as described above, but also world wide and ancient spiritual practices and understandings extending over thousands of years.

Part 2: Consciousness Research

Education, Training and Experience: In 1972, Tom Campbell negotiated an arrangement with Robert A. Monroe, a wealthy individual (successful businessman) who was also the author of Journeys Out Of The Body. Mr. Monroe was in the process of establishing a laboratory for the study of consciousness and was looking for ”the right sort of scientists” to work in that lab. This research lab eventually became “The Monroe Institute” (TMI) and is an ongoing research and training organization today. Tom's arrangement was that he would work (about 15 to 20 hours per week) in his nascent lab if Robert Monroe would teach him to experience the larger reality as he did. Being a hard core and hard headed physicist with an exceptionally high standard for evidence, made Tom a challenging subject, but Bob agreed and we began a 23 year relationship.

1972 -1982: Tom entered a training curriculum with Robert Monroe to scientifically explore and personally experience the larger reality. During this time, he became not only an adept explorer of the larger reality but also the main theoretician at TMI whose job it was to understand, in scientific terms, the nature of reality. It was clear there was more to reality than what traditional science had measured and that current science was defining only a part of our overall reality. It became Tom's job to develop a single unified model that explained the data collected at TMI as well as the data collected by traditional science. One overarching scientific understanding that could derive an accurate and comprehensive physics as well as an accurate and comprehensive metaphysics (epistemology, ontology, theology, and cosmology (including philosophy, spirituality, love, etc., as well as the origins, mechanics, point, and purpose of both our local reality (physical universe)) and the larger reality (the larger consciousness system).

1985 – 1995: Tom served as a Member of the Board of Directors of The Monroe Institute (TMI). During this time, Tom continued the research begun earlier at TMI on his own.

1995 –2002: Tom began collecting, pulling together, and formalizing the results of his consciousness research, focusing experimentation on the remaining problems, and writing down what he had experimentally determined to be fundamental characteristics of the larger reality thus far.

Feb 2003: Tom Campbell published the My Big TOE trilogy (MBT) after the last problems and issues in describing the larger reality had been resolved. These books, representing a comprehensive and complete theory of consciousness, as well as an explanation of the larger as well as our local reality, were targeted to a general audience because there is much need within the general population to understand the origins, mechanics, point, and purpose of one’s life – i.e., how each individual fits into, and is a part of, the larger reality.

2003 – Present: Demand for MBT (book sales) doubled every year for the first seven years after their publication and today their popularity is still growing rapidly. The marketing of MBT has been strictly viral (word of mouth). Tom has been invited to give lectures the world over and has recently been to Europe five times, Canada three times, and has given many lecture/workshops in the US. Tom has been formally interviewed hundreds of times and has over 200 videos (workshops, lectures, and some interviews) on his YouTube channel [1] which has over 12,000 subscribers and about two million video views (both numbers are growing significantly every day). May 2013, Tom was featured on the cover of “OMTimes” magazine. [2]. Tom was the keynote speaker at the One World Family "Be the Change" Symposium, held at the International Congress Center (Messe), Stuttgart, Germany, on the 12th-14th September 2013.

Because Tom Campbell's books are targeted to a general audience, much of the scientific/physics aspects of Tom's work can be found in the YouTube videos. A good summary of Tom's work is presented in the “Calgary Workshop” videos on YouTube: The Friday video is an introduction; the three Saturday videos address theory while the three Sunday videos address application. As one would expect, the books (the entire trilogy is available to read freely on Google Books) contain much more detail on the basic theory than the videos.

Part 3: The integration of consciousness, metaphysics, and physics

Consciousness and the bigger picture: The My Big TOE trilogy develops a complete derivation (in outline) of consciousness. This derivation begins with two assumptions and then proceeds to logically derive all the attributes, limitations, properties, qualities, and mechanics of consciousness – what it is, where it comes from, and how it works. The two assumptions are 1) that consciousness exists as a self changing information system capable of evolving and 2) that evolution exists as a process of natural selection. Neither assumption is particularly remarkable, and both fit comfortably within common experience and everyday scientific understanding.

As it turns out, consciousness is fundamental and all else is derived therefrom. Metaphysics (ontology, epistemology, cosmology, theology) and the concepts god, spirituality, love, morality, and free will, as well as human purpose and potential are easily derived as logical consequences of the MBT theory of consciousness. Likewise, but more surprising, modern physics is also derivable as logical consequences of the nature of consciousness, thus unifying physics and metaphysics as subsets of a single overarching understanding of reality. The major problems and paradoxes of physics (fundamental problems that appear to have no solutions) are solved completely and thoroughly with no mystery remaining. MBT theory accurately predicts the results of scientific experiments and makes new predictions that are experimentally verifiable. It explains the results gathered by the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Laboratory over the last several decades. It explains why and how the placebo effect works, what preceded the Big Bang, what the universe is expanding into, how mental intent can affect physical reality, the origin, nature, and purpose of us as well as our universe. What happens after we die, why the speed of light is invariant under the motion of its source (the key to deriving relativity), why particles are probability distributions (the key to deriving quantum mechanics), solves Einstein’s unfinished Unified Field Theory by deriving both Relativity and Quantum Mechanics from one overarching understanding, solves Zeno’s ancient paradoxes of plurality and motion, explains why and how the double slit experiments and particle entanglement works, how and why remote viewing works, and a host of other long standing scientific mysteries.

Besides all of the above, MBT theory explains and defines love and how and why love is the answer to human kinds most pressing problems. It explains what each individual can do to find peace, happiness, and satisfaction in this life. It answers the question: What is spirituality and how does one develop it? Most of the readers of the MBT trilogy find it life changing. It is indeed a theory of everything including consciousness, the objective and subjective, physics and metaphysics, the normal and the paranormal, theology and spirituality, love and fear and it is a work of science – logical and straightforward – requiring no leaps of faith or dubious assumptions. It is just now becoming more widely known. This is a scientific model that works and delivers results that scientists, philosopher, theologians, and ordinary people can use every day, both personally and professionally. The “MY” in My Big TOE does not represent pride of authorship but rather the fact that if it is not your experience, it cannot be your truth. This is a work to be lived, rather than just read. If what you learn from MBT sinks in no deeper than your intellect, you will have missed the point entirely.