A life-long goal of author Dean Baldwin is to understand consciousness. While in high school Dean strongly doubted consciousness was an epiphenomenon of brain electrochemistry, concluding it must be a different energy. (Francis Crick years later argued the opposing dominant opinion favoring the electrical theory in The Astonishing Hypothesis.) With conscious motivation, Dean chose a highly diverse University education in neurophysiology, physics, engineering, and other physical science with his degree in Psychology. Extensive education only reinforced his skepticism of the prevailing theory of an emergent property of electromagnetism.
Dean Baldwin later discovered Karl von Reichenbach's decades of brilliant consciousness experiments around 1850 revealing an energy he named odyle. The results of Reichenbach's experiments with odic sensitives were baffling, but became the basis for several incomplete theories, such as animal magnetism, before it all faded into history. One of the early criticisms of Reichenbach was that he tended to study people who were unbalanced and not representative of the general population. Of course he did, because it was precisely those people whose balance of mental energy was most skewed toward odyle and less toward the powerful electrochemical mental processes which usually obscure odic functioning.
In the mid- to late-1800s science strongly turned away from interactions with people. As psychologists tried to emulate increasingly successful physical scientists, even they shunned the intractable subject of consciousness. The problems of consciousness in Psychology and quantum gravity in Physics became the two most prominent career suicide subjects. Quantum gravity, a continuing mystery to scientists since the discovery of quantum mechanics indicated it should exist, did not fit into Albert Einstein's otherwise highly successful geometric description of gravity in his General Theory of Relativity.
Dean Baldwin builds the case, especially in Hidden in Plain Sight, that the two pariah topics of quantum odyle and quantum gravity are, ironically, the components of consciousness. Dean Baldwin directly compares Reichenbach's experiments with modern quantum mechanics, and with electricity and magnetism, to reveal a remarkably complete theory of consciousness based on the very subtle odogravitic energy. It is not surprising that energy medicine and most of the paranormal also share both the foundation of odogravitic energy and a reputation as subjects not conducive to long academic careers. The two quantum energies form a second light spectrum which is usually not seen but sometimes registers as orb and vortex structures on photographs taken by sensitives.
Dean Baldwin's research has been outside of the organized science structure, but he has taken great care to integrate odogravitics with established science. People are necessary at least because they – and sometimes the cameras held by them – are the only detectors of odic energy. For the near future this means odic research must continue to be conducted outside of current academic structures. Dean's goal is to establish this website as the central location for future odic and probably related research with significant input from any other interested parties.