Stellar Consciousness


Speakers: Gregory L. Matloff and C. Bangs

Date: 17 June 2013
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

The Dark Matter hypothesis has been invoked as an explanation for the fact that stars revolve around the centers of their galaxies faster than can be accounted for by observable matter. After decades of failed experimental searches, dark matter has remained elusive. As an alternative to the Dark Matter hypothesis, an idea first presented by author Olaf Stapledon is developed in this paper. Stars are considered to be conscious entities maintaining their galactic position by their volition. It is shown that directed stellar radiation pressure and stellar winds are insufficient to account for this anomalous stellar velocity. Previous research rules out magnetism. A published theory of psychokinetic action that does not violate quantum mechanics is presented, as is the suggestion that stellar consciousness could be produced by a Casimir effect operating on molecules in the stellar atmosphere. It is shown that a discontinuity in stellar velocities as a function of spectral class exists. Cooler red stars in the solar neighborhood move faster than hotter, blue stars, as would be expected if the presence of molecules in stars was a causative factor. Further research in experimentally validating the psychokinetic effect and demonstrating the role of the Casimir effect in consciousness is required to advance the concepts presented here beyond the hypothesis stage.  This lecture updates earlier work to explore this interesting idea and the tantalizing possibility of Stellar Consciousness.

Gregory L. Matloff is the Emeritus Associate Professor and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physics, New York City College of Technology, City University New York. He is one of the leading world experts on space propulsion, specialising in solar sails in particular. He is also one of the authorities on interstellar studies and he is the author and co-author of many books including “Deep Space Probes, to the Outer Solar System and Beyond” and “The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer’s Guide to Interstellar Travel” and “Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel”. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a long-time contributor to JBIS. He has consulted for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and is a Hayden Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and is a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He also serves as the Chair of the Institute For Interstellar Studies Senior Advisory Council.

C. Bangs is an artist who investigates frontier science combined with symbolist figuration from an ecological feminist point of view. Her work is included in public and private collections as well as in books and journals. Public collections include the Library of Congress, NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center, New York City College of Technology, Pratt Institute, Cornell University, and Pace University. Her art has been included in seven books and two peer reviewed journal articles, several magazine articles and art catalogs. Merging art and science, she worked as a NASA Faculty Fellow, under a NASA grant she investigated holographic interstellar probe message plaques. Her most recent publication includes “Biosphere Extensions: Solar System Resources for the Earth” which was co-authored with Matloff.

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