In the interim until Tom has time, I can give you some answers.
There is no general reaction from the scientific community as there is only a large group of people and not a true structure with a 'spokesperson'. If you search and read around on these forums, many readers have posted articles originating from the 'scientific community' regarding the universe as a hologram or a virtual reality. The writers do not include an understanding that if we are experiencing a hologram or virtual reality, then there must be something non physical about our nature. They make a disconnect between these two logically connected relationships. Many work towards a TOE based on string theory or membrane theory or other concepts as I understand. I do not believe that Tom has ever been approached by what you call a 'recognized' scientist interested in exploring the larger reality, but he must be the one to definitively state this. Scientists working in the field of science know on which side of the bread the butter is spread and will not take a politically incorrect position which includes the concept that reality originates in Mind as opposed to a 'physical' reality. Only the recognized elite such as Einstein or Bohr could take such traditional mystical positions without professional career damage. Do note that Tom has wide respect within the 'scientific' community as posted here viewtopic.php?f=2&t=413
His comments are complimentary regarding Tom's credentials and in no way negative. Even more significantly, when Tom retired from a very responsible position within the DOD structure mentioned in this post, he was not long before being hired by NASA based upon his developed expertise and extension of the state of the art in his field, known by reputation around government channels. That is why we have so little of his time lately and I give this answer in his stead, pending his comments.