10 Questions Series: Dr. Fred Alan Wolf

August 25, 2013 by Chris Grosso

Fred Alan Wolf


NAME: Fred Alan Wolf


BIO: Fred Alan Wolf is a physicist, writer, and lecturer who earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at UCLA in 1963. He continues to write, lecture throughout the world, and conduct research on the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness. He is the National Book Award Winning author of Taking the Quantum Leap. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. 


Q: Who and or what, do you attribute the person you are today to?


A: My continuing interest in one question to God, “How is the universe created?” To this, I add the many teachers who have appeared in my life that provided guidance and inspiration.


Q: What are some of the musical albums or musicians/bands that have impacted your life and in what way?


A: Here are six. Stravinsky:  The Rites of Spring, Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, and An American in Paris, Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here.


Q: What is one of the most shocking experiences you’ve ever had?


A: I have never been shocked at anything. I have certainly mourned the loss of those whom I love dearly however.


Q: What is one of the most beautiful experiences you’ve ever had?


A: Seeing that the world was created and was an artistic creation of a Great Artist while stoned on acid at Esalen.


Q: What is one of the most defining moments in your life and why?


A: Deciding to quit my job as a professor of physics at San Diego State University and going out into the world with nothing more than my desire to be of service to it.


Q: What do you believe are the benefit, if any, vs. the dangers of mind-altering drugs?


A: Like all experiments with your life, drugs can be wonderful in giving you a moment of profound meaning and a deep sense of the spiritual life.  At the same time drugs can destroy you, especially if you are very young and naïve and frankly too dumb to know that.


Q: What are some films you’ll never forget seeing for the first time and why?


A: Kubrick: 2001, Reed: The 3rd Man, Fellini:  8 and ½ , Bergman: the 7th Seal, and Marker:  La Jetee. Each film was highly original and very emotional for me.  Kubrick showed me the mysterious connection between mind and the universe. Reed showed me the depth of the effect of WWII on Europe. Fellini showed me the torments and joys of the creative process. Bergman showed me the connection between life and death. Marker showed me how time can be viewed is new and revolutionary manner.


Q: Does God exist and if so, in what capacity? If not, why not?


A: God exists. I felt His presence strongly at one time in my life and still feel it when I simply stop and listen. God acts as a guide to me and allows me to see beyond my immediate concerns.


Q: What do you think your greatest contribution to humanity is?


A: Acting as guide to others through my writing and speaking.


Q: What does the human experience mean to you?


A: I am grateful for having this experience—all of it, both the highs and lows.  It has been a great drama for me and I love drama.


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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.