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tachyons and takionics
Tachyons are theoretical particles or waves that travel faster than the speed of light. Tachyons exist in a theoretical world where objects have imaginary mass and it would be possible to communicate backwards in time. Tachyon energy is used to scan "subspace," among other things, on the sci-fi fantasy program, Star Trek Voyager. So far, there is no empirical evidence for the existence of tachyons. "If they do exist, tachyons would be extremely difficult to utilize under our current understanding of physics," says NASA scientist Tom Bridgman. Despite being theoretical and, if real, difficult to utilize, and if utilized, of unknown value, tachyons are the main ingredient in a feature line of New Age products that range from beads, belts and shoe inserts, to sweatbands, power pillows, massage oils and vials of tachyon water. And, of course, there are books, such as Tachyon Energy: A New Paradigm in Holistic Healing by Gabriel Cousens and David Wagner (2000).
A few enterprising New Agers claim that they know tachyons exist and they have harnessed its power. For example, Fred Pulver claims to know that "The Tachyon Field supplies the energy needs of all living organisms until balance is achieved, then it eases until called upon again. As it is needed, and a depletion occurs, it rushes in until balance is achieved once again." But just in case Nature fails to keep you in tachyon balance, you can get all the tachyon power you need from one of many takionic products. (The reason for the spelling difference has to do with the fact that common words such as 'tachyon' cannot be trademarked and 'tachyonized' was taken. 'Takion' and 'takionic' can be trademarked and thereby used to identify one's products.)
Pulver makes some incredible claims. For example,
Motors have been built which draw upon the Tachyon Field for energy. They exhibit strange behavior, such as increasing in speed the longer they run, even though they are connected to no visible power source.2
Where are these motors? No one has seen them but we are to take it on faith that they exist. Perhaps they are in the vehicles bringing all those UFOs to earth for the cattle mutilations and reproductive experiments.
Here's another claim:
Takionic products, with their aligned atomic polarities, enhance the body's natural ability to draw from the Tachyon Field for its energy needs. Athletes have discovered that Takionic products allow them to perform faster and longer, and shorten recovery time. As conduits for input from the Tachyon Field, Takionic products are proving themselves in the sports performance arena.
Who are these athletes? The same ones who wear magnetic shoes and wear crystals to ward off bad energy?
What is this "Tachyon Field"?
The Tachyon Field is extremely dense. This density cannot be measured because it is a negative state, mirroring the universe of positive density which we inhabit. The theory of negative density is supported by an observable phenomenon: a perpetually expanding physical universe which is brought into being through pressure exerted by expansion of the invisible one. Pressure exerted by the Tachyon Field upon our physical universe indicates the existence of an invisible, highly dense universe, the Tachyon Field.3
The tachyon field may be dense but it would have to go a long way to match the density of an "alternative physicist who finds this stuff compelling. There seems to be something missing here--such as a fundamental grasp of reality. We are asked to believe in an invisible universe causing pressure on ours, thereby forming energy which “cannot be proven by instrumentation currently available” but which we can use to explain just about anything we want.
But wait, there's more!
Tachyon theory is holistic because it accepts the notion of two interdependent universes which are actually indivisible: the visible, sub-light speed universe and an invisible, faster-than-light one. Tachyon theory also substantiates omnipresence, a purely metaphysical concept. God [sic] is omnipresent (simultaneously existing everywhere). Omnipresent existence can only occur at faster-than-light speeds, since slower-than-light travel takes time to cross space. Therefore, omnipresence can only be an attribute of a Tachyon Universe where time and space are uniform.4
Pulver is also an "alternative" metaphysician! The speculation seems infinite. "The nervous system and brain are nothing but an extremely sophisticated antenna and receiver to absorb, process and transform the resources of the Tachyon Field." "Healers have learned to access the Tachyon Field's resources for its healing powers more successfully than the average person has."
All the above claims are by way of introduction by their author to the line of takionic products he has for sale. (Sorry, but it looks like these products flew off the shelf and hard to find these days.) New Age Energy is especially marketable in alternative health care, where the products to make us healthy and happy are as boundless as the imagination, as endless as New Age Energy itself. (Note: the following are 2002 prices and may not be accurate any more.) There are takionic beads, 10 for $118.95, which are said to have antennae which "focus the beneficial tachyon energy". There is a takionic belt for $268.95 which is said to help improve circulation and increase strength.. Takionic water comes in a small vial for $27.95 and is "pure and cluster-free".
Another New Age business, Advanced Tachyon Technologies (ATT) of Santa Rosa, California, offers a much broader array of products, including some for cats and dogs. ATT has products which can enhance your love-life (including one called panther juice) and your athletic skills, not that the two are mutually exclusive. They have products to ease your pain and improve your brain. They have chakra balancing kits for those who would like a little takionic boost to their meditation. You can purchase a personal tachionized cocoon for $396 or a Tachyonized Silk Meditation Wrap for $298 to use while meditating "with your lover before making love." ATT's new website has an even larger array of products for sale.
books and articles
Baadhio, Randy A. Geometrical tachyon and grafted string world sheet (Berkeley, Calif.: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, 1991).
Forward, Robert L. Future Magic: How Today's Science Fiction Will Become Tomorrow's
Reality Check: On the Internet by Milton Rothman
Reality Check: Pseudoscience on the Internet by Milton Rothman
Alternative Medicine and the Laws of Physics by Robert L. Park
The Physics of Negative Mass Tachyons by Ernst L. Wall