The Research Behind The Lost Symbol – Part 3

Lost_SymbolIn the first and second installments of this series, I mentioned the premise of The Lost Symbol and how Dan Brown built a bridge between science and ancient wisdom in just six pages. He also brought to bear the fact that there are multiple ways of knowing that are valid and promote the evolution of human thought.

Brown is known for his research. It gives him the ability to create credibility for his story. It’s exciting for readers because Brown issues an invitation for readers to do their own research and discover what’s fact and what’s fiction.

Research takes time and tenacity. Some folks have lamented that The Sage Age is too deep a read. I make no apologies for that. Education on deep topics does require some effort on the part of the student. It contains the same type of information that Dan Brown had to study in order to write The Lost Symbol.

The Sage Age is a four year education condensed into one inch of paper. Many folks think it’s over their heads until they read it. The book doesn’t assume you know anything about these topics and clearly elucidates them for you.

Following are some of the names of people, books, philosophies, and devices that Brown calls out in Chapter 15 and where they are located in The Sage Age. As you will see, the elements constantly cross over the bridge between physics and intuitive wisdom. Dan Brown used this same knowledge to create The Lost Symbol.

PEAR –
Chapter 4 The Mind Body Antenna, Chapter 11 Quantum Physics
REG –
Chapter 4 The Mind Body Antenna, Chapter 11 Quantum Physics
Lynne McTaggart –
Chapter 3 The Energy Bodies, Chapter 4 The Mind Body Antenna, Chapter 5 Metaphysics,
Chapter 11 Quantum Physics
Frozen water crystals –
Chapter 4 The Mind-Body Antenna, Chapter 12 Medicine
Heisenberg –
Chapter 6 Common Roots of Eastern and Western Thought, Chapter 7 Sound, Light, and Time,
Chapter 8 Physics, Chapter 11 Quantum Physics
Newton –
Chapter 5 Metaphysics, Chapter 6 Common Roots of Eastern and Western Thought,
Chapter 7 Sound, Light, and Time, Chapter 8 Physics, Chapter 9 The Nature of Waves,
Chapter 10 Cosmology, Chapter 11 Quantum Physics, Chapter 12 Medicine
Einstein –
Every chapter of the book
Bohr –
Chapter 3 The Energy Bodies, Chapter 6 Common Roots of Eastern and Western Thought,
Chapter 7 Sound Light, and Time, Chapter 11 Quantum Physics
Hawking –
Chapter 6 Sound, Light, and Time, Chapter 10 Cosmology, Chapter 11 Quantum Physics
Entanglement –
Chapter 11 Quantum Physics
Upanishads –
Chapter 3 The Energy Bodies
Schrodinger –
Chapter 4 The Mind-Body Antenna, Chapter 11 Quantum Physics
Superstring Theory –
Chapter 11 Quantum Physics

By reading The Sage Age, you will be able to sort fact from fiction in The Lost Symbol. And, it has a long list of cited references on each of these topics so you can go straight to the source for more reading.

The Sage Age – Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom, was featured in Publishers Weekly shortly after its debut. Visit SageAge.net for more information and to read articles on many of the topics covered in the book.

2 thoughts on “The Research Behind The Lost Symbol – Part 3”

  1. Metaphysics is not a science. The lost symbol contains tons of metaphysics, not physics. The book is clearly poorly researched and tons of “facts” are experiments that are unrepeatable. (That means the experimenter has made error. Like the one about water crystals was completely bs, it seems that Dan Brown wrote this book while drink and watch “what the beep do we know”.)

  2. Einstein believed that hidden variables didn’t belong in science and is why he denounced quantum physics as an incomplete theory. However, the theory still holds no matter how many ways it’s been tested. So far, Einstein has been proven incorrect on this point. There has been a lot of hard science that strictly follows the scientific method and is repeatable that demonstrates overwhelmingly that Newtonian, or physics of the materialists is not all there is to it.

    The Lost Symbol was a work of fiction and Dan Brown is a master at weaving together enough fact into the fiction that it invites the reader to sort one from the other. He researched enough to be able to use certain buzzwords and concepts from both metaphysics, physics, and pop culture to have a top selling book. As an author of thrillers, that was, after all, his goal. He’s not obligated to “prove” anything as fact and he has the literary license to call anything he wants “science.”

    The point being is that what was once science fiction 100 year ago is now being turned into science fact by folks whose imagination was fired by fantastic stories. And, we finally have advancements in technology to begin to ask scientific questions of several topics from metaphysics. So, perhaps Dan Brown is just capitalizing on a wave of interest and selling books. Or, perhaps he is inspiring a new generation to start asking different kinds of questions and challenging them to find ways to scientifically investigate what is currently considered metaphysics.

    Either way, it gets folks talking about these topics, and that benefits everyone to some degree.

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