Friday, September 29, 7:30pm (Pacific) | “The Miracle of Our Universe: A New View of Consciousness, God, Science and Reality” with Bernard Haisch, PhD and Marsha Sim

Is our physical universe actually a virtual simulation that is thought into existence by consciousness? Noted astrophysicist, Bernard Haisch and co-author Marsha Sims explore the frontiers of science, consciousness, and God, revolutionizing our understanding of the Universe and what's behind it all.

Without consciousness there is nothing. Have you ever wondered why and how the world around you came to exist, and whether there might be an afterlife experience awaiting you after our physical bodies die? Might there actually be a God and a heaven of some sort? The hypothesis presented in this book is that our seemingly physical universe of matter and energy is a virtual simulation which is thought into existence by a universal consciousness which we call God.

A reason for a universal consciousness to do such a thing could be to experience and evolve itself through the free will actions of its offspring. This would entail thinking into existence a virtual universe so as to interact with such a universe and each other. Literally everything is consciousness in action, resulting in a gigantic cosmic simulation. We and other creatures are offspring of this God consciousness.

The Miracle of Our Universe explores the forefront of science and spirituality research including:

Are near-death experiences real?
What is the Zero-Point Field?
What kind of being could God be?
Is there some place that God could have come from?
How does the Big Bang figure into this?
It there an afterlife and what could it be like?
What is the purpose of life?
Is consciousness all there is?
Is the Universe a virtual reality?
Why is Hell impossible?


Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch is the author of over 130 scientific publications, and was a scientific editor of the Astrophysical Journal for ten years. After earning his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Haisch did postdoctoral research at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. His professional positions include staff scientist at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory; deputy director of the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley; and visiting scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching, Germany. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Prior to his career in astrophysics, Haisch attended the Latin School of Indianapolis, the Saint Meinrad Seminary as a student for the Catholic priesthood and received a Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University.

Marsha Sims has a multi-disciplinary background and years of experience interfacing with business, supporting scientists and their projects, and immersing herself in the music world. She has a bachelor of music degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master of music degree from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has served as administrator and department secretary at Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory; executive editor at the Journal of Scientific Exploration; administrator at California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics; and as administrator, graphic artist, and photographer at ManyOne Networks and the Digital Universe Foundation. She has taught voice, piano, and guitar at her own company ( since 2009. Marsha has performed over twenty lead roles in community theater and opera in the San Francisco Bay area. She was a church choral director and soloist for many years. She is also a certified Huna teacher.

Marsha and Bernard are a husband-and-wife team and work on many projects together, including songwriting (over 100 songs), performing together in a few operettas, teaming up on the energy science company Jovion Corporation, and writing this book. Bernard and Marsha live in the San Francisco Bay area. They share three children—Katherine, Taylor, and Elizabeth—and two grandsons, James and William.

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