Night after night, spirit chasers around the world venture into old homes and empty deserted factories, buildings, cemeteries, and other creepy locations to investigate every creak, bump, and unexplained phenomena in search of that undeniable proof of ghosts.
According to many ghost hunters, there are allegations to the existence of ghosts in modern physics, and particularly in Einstein, who offered a scientific basis on the topic.
According to Einstein, all the energy in the universe is constant which means that it can neither be created, nor destroyed … so what does happen when we die? If it cannot be destroyed, then it is transformed into another sort of energy and what could this form of energy be?
Did Einstein believe in ghosts himself? Dr. Reynolds asked Einstein if he did believe in ghosts in which Einstein confessed to never having seen a ghost, and then added, “When twelve other persons have witnessed the same phenomenon at the same time, then I might believe.”
Einstein, whom is widely known across the universe as the father of E=mc2 is probably one of the most famous physicists to date; but this isn’t what makes the man this month’s topic—but rather—the little known things about the 20th century genius.
At age 51; Einstien had made his way to Pasadena where he eventually found solace in the company of the author Upton Sinclair.
In his day; Sinclair was comparable to a Michael Moore, Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ (1906) exposed unsanitary conditions and labor exploitation in Chicago’s meat-packing industry. His book had caused a national outcry and had horrified President Theodore Roosevelt enough that he repeatedly threw sausages out of the White House window.
Sinclair (who had went on to write further jeremiads against big business) had become obsessed with extra-sensory perception and had authored a book about it entitled ‘Mental Radio’ (1930) that talked about experiments he’d conducted which seemed to prove the existence of telepathy.
Sinclair had sent Einstein a copy of Mental Radio before his arrival into the U.S. and the two had become the closest of friends. Other than Mental Radio, Einstein had never professed any sort of interest, let alone a belief in supernatural beings or extra-sensory powers. “Even if I saw a ghost”—he once said—“I wouldn’t believe it.”
Count Roman Ostoja (a claimed Polish aristocrat) had been working the West Coast under a stage name of Nostradamus and had gained plaudits for being buried underground inside of a coffin for three hours. He also claimed to have studied under “occult masters” in India and Tibet and had wowed Sinclair with his mind reading.
Sinclair had asked Ostoja to conduct a séance at his home and on the list of invitations were Albert Einstein, Richard Tolman (the soon to be chief scientific advisor to the Manhattan Project) and Paul Epstien, Caltech’s professor of theoretical physics. As the evening arrived, Sinclair addressed the learned crowd by warning them not to panic.
Helen Dukas who was then Einstein’s secretary remembered being “frightened to death” by the proceedings. Ostaja went into a cataleptic trance and mumbled incomprehensible words. Each guest was invited to ask him questions though silence fell, and the table began to shake “and then”—remembered Dukas—“nothing happened.” Sinclair was noted as distraught and had complained about “non-believers” being present at the table.
Curiously enough, when Einstein would be asked years later about his beliefs in the telepathic experiments of Dr. JB Rhine (who was then studying parapsychology at Duke University) he stressed his skepticism in strictly scientific terms. All of Rhine’s experiments had reported that psi-forces didn’t decline with distance unlike the four known forces of nature – gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force. “This suggests to me a very strong indication that a non-recognized source of systematic errors may have been involved.” Einstein wrote.
Indeed it was fallacies such as these, rather than drawing room séances, that could most reliably send a shiver up Einstein’s spine. When he was confronted with seemingly illogical phenomena in quantum mechanics – where particles appear to communicate instantaneously with each other – he chose to label it in terms more suited to one of Sinclair’s séances as “spooky action-at-a-distance”.
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