Near the end of 1984, George Orwell wrote this interchange between Winston Smith and O’Brien, his tormenter in one of Oceania’s gulags:
‘We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees, Winston. There is nothing that we could not do. Invisibility, levitation — anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to. I do not wish to, because the Party does not wish it. You must get rid of those nineteenth-century ideas about the laws of Nature. We make the laws of Nature.’
“For me gravity doesn’t exist,” the Ministry of Truth New York Times quotes Dr. Erik Verlinde of the University of Amsterdam.