The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot

Yesterday I picked up a brand new copy of The Holographic Universe
that I’d ordered from my friendly local library. Read a bit yesterday and by breakfast had reached page 50 and this book is blowing my mind. There are hints at implications for Paranormal research that make me think, even this early into it, that this is a must read for every Paranormal Investigator who is genuinely interested in understanding paranormal phenomena.

Anyway, by page 50 I was bursting to share a little of what I’d come across. I’ll post a full review when I’ve finished the whole book.

First a taster from the back cover

“Despite its apparent materiality the universe is actually a kind of 3-D projection and is ultimately no more real than a hologram.

This astonishing idea was pioneered by two of the world’s most eminent thinkers, physicist David Bohm, a former protege of Einstein, and the quantum physicist Karl Pribram. The holographic theory of the world encompasses not only reality as we know it, including hitherto unexplained phenomena, but is capable of explaining such occurrences as telepathy, paranormal and out-of-body experiences, synchronicity, ‘lucid’ dreaming and even mystical and religious traditions such as cosmic unity and miraculous healings.

Now, in The Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot reveals the extraordinary depth and power of this radical theory. He explains the theory behind a holograph and how it provides a model for aspects of brain function and for whole areas of quantum physics. Illustrating the paranormic way in which the the holographic model makes sense of the entire range of mystical, spiritual, and psychic experiences, Talbot pushes the barriers to explore the implications for other universes beyond our own. Daring and ground-breaking, The Holographic Universe
is a classic in the vein of Friijof Capra’s The Tao of Physics.”

Here’s one of the things that grabbed my attention in a discussion about Bohm’s ideas that the Universe is a continuum with no separation, other than the illusory one, between any of its parts. “…every cubic centimetre of empty space contains more energy than the total energy of ALL (my caps) the matter in the known Universe” and just to put that in perspective, Michael Talbot explains that that’s the energy of a trillion atomic bombs in every cubic centimetre of empty space.

Earlier in the book there was discussion about memory and how, apart from a few unreproducible experiments with epileptics by Wilder Penfield in the 1920’s, the brain seems to store memories in much the same way that a holographic image is stored on a piece of film. Every part of the film contains all of the image. It’s just that the more of the film you use the clearer and more detailed the hologram becomes. The brain seems to work like this. But, and this is where it starts to get weird, all of our senses seem to operate holographically too.

A chap called Fourier found a mathematical way to store patterns (Fourier patterns) and then reproduce them. Then he looked at the patterns on holographic film and discovered they were Fourier patterns. Then a few experiments later it seems it seems our brains store and interpret all of our sensory input the same way. Now if you’ve seen a holographic image you will know it’s 3D and sort of hangs in the air and you can look around it. But it isn’t real. No instrument can detect anything different in the air where the holograph appears to be, from the air anywhere else. The image is an illusion. The image is actually the pattern on the film and that looks like a series of dots or random patterns.

Now since your external sensory world is a similar pattern of dots held spread throughout the whole of you brain, this is quite powerful evidence to suggest that external reality is an illusion in the same way that a hologram is an illusion.

One final exert before I return to these fascinating pages.
“The idea that consciousness and life (and indeed all things) are ensembles enfolded throughout the universe has an equally dazzling flip side. Just as every portion of a hologram contains the image of the whole, every portion of the universe enfolds the whole. This means that if we knew how to access it we could find the Andromeda Galaxy in the thumb nail of our left hand. We could also find Cleopatra meeting Caesar for the first time, for in principle the whole past and implications for the whole future are also enfolded in each small region of space and time. Every cell in our body enfolds the entire cosmos. So does every leaf, every raindrop, and every dust mote, which gives new meaning to William Blake’s famous poem:
To see a World in a Grain of sand
And a heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

Powerful stuff and raises the whole question of pre-destiny without even trying.

Michael Hadfield


~ by eximiusparanormal on November 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot”

  1. Oh my god enjoyed reading this post. I submitted your rss to my blogreader.

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