The Force of Star Wars and the Organic Conception of the Ether

Luke Skywalker in training. From the movie Star Wars.

Luke Skywalker in training. From the movie Star Wars.

Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi: The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.

If we take the concept of the Force taught in the movie Star Wars and bring it one level down to the subquantum realm, this very accurately describes the transmuting ether postulated in subquantum kinetics.  Like the Force, the ether of subquantum kinetics "binds" the universe together.  This is essentially an organic view of the physical world, namely that one region of space affects other parts of space and is itself affected by those other regions of space.  In living things, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  The same is true of the unitary fabric created by the Force.  There are no separate parts, the galaxy is bound together into an organic whole.

We encounter this same view of existence in the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.  To quote from my book Genesis of the Cosmos (chapter 4):

According to Whitehead, space is a kind of living organism, an integrated system in which the whole of space is more than just the sum of its parts. Just as the millions of cells forming a human being interact in multiple ways to compose a living entity, Whitehead conceived that every volume of space “takes account of ” (or interacts with) every other volume, so as to compose an integral structure. This organic conception very appropriately describes the transmuting ether.

Indeed, the transmuting ether of subquantum kinetics is characterized by the continual operation of both reaction and diffusion processes, much as are our bodies.  Etherons present in one part of space diffuse to other regions of space and take part in ether reactions transpiring there, thus affecting the outcome.  The ether in effect binds space together into an organic whole.

Were it not for the activity of this organic flux at the subquantum level, material particles and waves could not form.  They are essentially waves in the ether, inhomogeneities that are sustained by the etheric flux.  If these processes were to cease, these waves would dissipate and the universe would return to its vacuum state,  state of inactive uniformity.

We see the organic theme woven throughout the Stars Wars movies.  For example, Yoda lives in a jungle forest.  The Jedi resistance movement has its base on a thickly forested planet.  In Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, they are aided by the Ewoks, beings that live among the trees.


Victory celebration with the Ewoks.

It is interesting that George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, was strongly influenced by scholar Joseph Campbell, author of the bestselling book The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  Campbell compared creation myths from different parts of the world and found that they shared the same hero theme.  In all these myths a young warrior hero (Horus, Zeus, Marduk) confronts a suppressive elder (Set, Kronos, Tiamat) who attempts to kill him, but in the end wins by forming a victorious coalition.  The result is that a new state of order, the physical universe, comes into being.

As I propose in  my book Genesis of the Cosmos, these various creation myths that Campbell discussed in his book encode a highly sophisticated physics, namely the science of how matter comes into being from an underlying organic ether.  The evidence suggests that an ancient civilization that created these myths once understood and used the physics of subquantum kinetics and sought to preserve it for future generations by encoding its concepts into these myths through the use of metaphor.  Since Lucas was imbued in these concepts during the early stages of his writing of the Star Wars script, it is not surprising that we find him proposing the alchemic concept of the Force, an idea which is metaphorically embedded in these myths.  While the conscious mind might not at first sort out the scientific significance of these underlying themes, they are undoubtedly absorbed into the creative unconscious and by this means made their way into Lucas' script.

Luke Skywalker being trained by Yoda in use of the Force.

Luke Skywalker being trained by Yoda in use of the Force.

I once read a magazine article in which George Lucas was being interviewed about his creation of the movie Star Wars.  He admitted in the interview that during those years he himself believed the Force to be real.  Likely he does to this day.  In other words, for him it was not just a script, but a new way of understanding the world, a paradigm in which telepathy, levitation, and psychokenesis find a framework for explanation.  The same could be said for the ether physics of subquantum kinetics.  Subquantum kinetics is a refreshingly new way of conceiving the world which not only explains what's inside the box, but also what's outside the box.

In watching the new Star Wars sequel, I hope you will heed the words of Han Solo:  "It's true.  The Force, the Jedi, it's true.  All of it!"  Indeed, the Force is real.  So, at this I leave you and wish that may the Force be with you.

Paul LaViolette
December 13, 2015

Further reading

Genesis of the Cosmos

Subquantum Kinetics

Various papers on SQK archived on this site.


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