NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE
LOCAL SCIENTIST IN LINE FOR NOBEL PRIZE
Santa Cruz, CA (02/07/02)--A resident of Boulder Creek has recently been
nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his remarkable reformulation of
the Golden Rule for today's New Age of Terror. Dr. Nick Herbert, 65, a Stanford-trained
physicist with both academic and industrial experience, is better known
for his three-line proof of Bell's Interconnectedness Theorem, for a superluminal
communication scheme whose refutation led directly to the important No-Cloning
Rule in quantum computation and for authoring several popular edge-science
books including "Quantum Reality" and "Elemental Mind".
Dr. Herbert's fascination with ethical questions arose in connection with
the development of what he calls "quantum tantra"--an extension
of current scientific thinking so avant-garde that it makes Jack Sarfatti
look like the Establishment. Quantum Tantra proposes to contact Nature not
by mere observation but in embarrassingly direct ways. Herbert's imaginative
attempts to uncover these "direct ways" has landed him outside
conventional physics circles, even the most advanced.
The discovery for which Herbert, son of Slovak-American immigrants, has
been recognized is an extension of the Golden Rule which he calls Golden
Rule 2.0 -- or simply GR 2.0. Dr. Herbert' s new formulation, which is now
being privately circulated among high-level ethical thinkers, has been hailed
as the "biggest moral upgrade since the Ten Commandments". Herbert
is more modest about his accomplishment which will be released to the public
on Spring Equinox 2002 (March 22) if it withstands the scrutiny of the world's
ethical experts. "It's an elegant new formulation, for sure,"
says Herbert, "but it's not as though I've discovered something brand
For several years Dr. Herbert co-directed with Saul-Paul Sirag private workshops
on the Physics of Consciousness at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California,
flagship of the human potential movement. Herbert credits his Esalen experiences
as inspiration for much of his work in quantum tantra. When questioned about
possible commercial applications of his New Moral Law, Dr. Herbert directed
such inquiries to his agent John Brockman.
Dr. Herbert concedes that his GR 2.0 does not directly decrease the suffering
of humanity as much as, for instance, the works of Doctors Without Borders,
the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize of 1999. But what GR 2.0 lacks in
specificity it makes up for in generality, Herbert maintains. Herbert's
New Golden Rule applies to all human relationships at all times and in all
circumstances--from our treatment of the environment, to the raising of
children, as well as how we deal with terrorists and mortal conflicts such
as that between Israelis and Palestineans.
Herbert's discovery has elicited comparisons with ethical thinkers as diverse
as Bertrand Russell and Rabbi Hillel. One ethics expert remarked when shown
Dr. Herbert's work, "Herbert's upgrade takes
the Golden Rule and puts teeth in it".