Thomas Brophy, PhD
Thomas Brophy has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, was a staff research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, with NASA interplanetary spacecraft projects, and was a National Science Foundation exchange scientist with the University of Tokyo and Japan Space Program. A member of one of the Voyager II spacecraft instrument teams, he developed theoretical understandings for data from the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune), especially planetary rings and planetary dynamics. He was also involved in defining science goals for future space mission instrumentation. He devised a novel method of testing fundamental theories of planet formation by searching for extrasolar debris, that was reported on by Nature magazine. Those interests in general fundamental theory, and experience teaching at the University level, led to broader studies involving the non-calculable and immeasurable aspects of the universe, and Integral philosophy.
These Integral studies, together with formal practice of contemplative traditions, led to his book The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism. Recombining Integral philosophy with astrophysical dynamics led to his studies of the astro-archaeology of pre-historic and proto-historic Egypt. These studies have led to work on the origin and calibration of the Zodiac, and intriguing evidence for the importance of “Zodiac Ages” in the mind of early human cultures. Some of this is contained in his book The Origin Map.
He has published peer reviewed scientific articles in premier journals including Icarus, Mediterranean Journal of Archaeology and Archaeometry, IEEE Journal, Science. He has been a featured presenter at scientific conferences, as well as Integral spirituality meetings, in the United States, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. He is recently studying the astro-archaeology of Pre-Dynastic Egypt, including newly found evidences of astronomy and astro-ceremonial complexes in the Egyptian “western desert” (eastern Sahara). Regarding this he has acquired the cooperation of international satellite remote sensing, and is co-authoring a forthcoming book.
CPAK 2008 Topic: Integrating Recent Finds in the Egyptian Western Desert, the Origin of the Zodiac, and Yuga Cycles
The prehistoric astronomy of Nabta Playa is considered – astonishing aspects, enduring enigmas, and recent finds. Evidence for proto-historic knowledge and monumentalization of a Zodiac calibration method that integrates with the Yuga cycle is considered.