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Michael Talbot - The Holographic Universe

Michael Talbot - The Holographic Universe

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"The Holographic Universe"
By Michael Talbot
Reviewed by Michael Kisor 
The Holographic Universe
is a "must read" for anyone with an open, inquiringmind and a curiosity about the cosmos in which we reside. You are likely to find the material presented hereto be nothing short of astounding. The ramifications for humanity are staggering as
this book seriouslychallenges the basis for our cultural view of reality: materialism
. After reading
The HolographicUniverse,
you will understand why so many people are starting to say that a paradigm shift in our science and cultureis at hand.
Science's orthodoxy still resists abandoning materialism, but
the scientific handwriting has been onthe wall ever since 1905
whenEinstein delivered his papers on Special Relativity and The Photovoltaic Effect.Subsequent research in Quantum Mechanics (sub-atomic physics) continues to usher us away frommaterialism and toward something far more interesting. History has shown us that radically new advancesin worldviews almost never occur with the blessing of the Old Guard; it invariably takes fresh new mindsto accept change of such magnitude. So it is with our society. As we move into the next millennium,concepts similar to those presented by Talbot will become mainstream and commonplace. As a result, our society will also be transformed.
The concepts presented in this book are a cornerstone of Quanta-Gaia -- the quest to better understand thecosmos and our role in it. After reading this book, you will either dismiss it as fantasy, like so manydismissed Einstein's papers in 1905, or you will be impressed by the magnitude of change which is at hand.
Other comments on
The Holographic Universe:
, author of 
writes: "For a while now, science has been converging with commonsense, catching up at last with experience, confirming a widespread suspicion that things are far moreconnected than traditional physics ever allowed.
The Holographic Universe
is an elegant affirmation of this process, a lifeline that helps to bridge the artificial gap that has opened up between mind and matter, between us and the rest of the cosmos."
, M.D., author of 
Space, Time & Medicine
writes: Today nearly everyone is familiar withholograms, three-dimensional images projected into space with the aid of a laser. Now, two of the world'smost eminent thinkers -- University of London physicist David Bohm, a former protege of Einstein's andone of the world's most respected quantum physicists, and Stanford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, one of the architects of our modern understanding-of -the brain -- believe that the universe itself may be a giant
hologram, quite literally a kind of image or construct created, at least in part, by the human mind. Thisremarkable new way of looking at the universe explains not only many of the unsolved puzzles of physics, but also such mysterious occurrences as telepathy, out-of-body and near-death experiences, "lucid" dreams,and even religious and mystical experiences such as feelings of cosmic unity and miraculous healings."We desperately need new models of reality to fire the imagination of what is possible and to give us newvisions of our place in the cosmos. Michael Talbot's
The Holographic Universe
does this. It is a wake-upcall to wonder, an adventure in ideas. If you need to maintain your idea that science has proved that 'It's allmechanical,' that there is no room in the universe for consciousness, soul, and spirit, don't read this book."
, Ph.D., author of 
Taking the Quantum Leap
writes: "The concept of the universe as a gianthologram containing both matter and consciousness as a single field will, I am sure, excite anyone who hasasked the question, 'What is reality?' This book may answer that question once and for all."
Author's Introduction to The Holographic Universe:
In the movie Star Wars, Luke Skywalker's adventure begins when a beam of light shoots out of the robotArtoo Detoo and projects a miniature three-dimensional image of Princess Leia. Luke watches spellboundas the ghostly sculpture of light begs for someone named Obi-wan Kenobi to come to her assistance. Theimage is a hologram, a three-dimensional picture made with the aid of a laser, and the technological magicrequired to make such images is remarkable. But what is even more astounding is that some scientists are beginning to believe the universe itself is a kind of giant hologram, a splendidly detailed illusion no moreor less real than the image of Princess Leia that starts Luke on his quest.Put another way, there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it -- from snowflakes tomaple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons -- are also only ghostly images, projections from a levelof reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.The main architects of this astonishing idea are two of the world's most eminent thinkers: University of London physicistDavid Bohm, a protege of Einstein's and one of the world's most respected quantum physicists; andKarl Pribram, a neurophysiologist at Stanford University and author of the classicneuropsychological textbook Languages of the Brain. Intriguingly, Bohm and Pribram arrived at their conclusions independently and while working from two very different directions. Bohm became convincedof the universe's holographic nature only after years of dissatisfaction with standard theories' inability toexplain all of the phenomena encountered in quantum physics. Pribram became convinced because of thefailure of standard theories of the brain to explain various neurophysiological puzzles.However, after arriving at their views, Bohm and Pribram quickly realized the holographic model explaineda number of other mysteries as well, including the apparent inability of any theory, no matter how
comprehensive, ever to account for all the phenomena encountered in nature; the ability of individualswith- hearing in only one ear to determine the direction from which a sound originates; and our ability torecognize the face of someone we have not seen for many years even if that person has changedconsiderably in the interim.But the most staggering thing about the holographic model was that it suddenly made sense of a wide rangeof phenomena so elusive they generally have been categorized outside the province of scientificunderstanding. These include telepathy, precognition, mystical feelings of oneness with the universe, andeven psychokinesis, or the ability of the mind to move physical objects without anyone touching them.Indeed,
it quickly became apparent to the ever growing number of scientists who came to embrace theholographic model that it helped explain virtually all paranormal and mystical experiences
, and in thelast half-dozen years or so it has continued to galvanize researchers and shed light on an increasing number of previously inexplicable phenomena. For example:
In 1980 University of Connecticut psychologist Dr. Kenneth Ring proposed thatnear-death experiencescould be explained by the holographic model. Ring, whois president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, believessuch experiences, as well as death itself, are really nothing more than theshifting of a person's consciousness from one level of the hologram of reality toanother.
In 1985Dr. Stanislav Grof , chief of psychiatric research at the MarylandPsychiatric Research Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the JohnsHopkins University School of Medicine, published a book in which heconcluded that existing neurophysiological models of the brain are inadequateand only a holographic model can explain such things as archetypal experiences,encounters with the collective unconscious, and other unusual phenomenaexperienced during altered states of consciousness.
At the 1987 annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Dreams held inWashington, D.C., physicistFred Alan Wolf delivered a talk in which heasserted that the holographic model explains lucid dreams (unusually vividdreams in which the dreamer realizes he or she is awake). Wolf believes suchdreams are actually visits to parallel realities, and the holographic model willultimately allow us to develop a "physics of consciousness" which will enable usto begin to explore more fully these other-dimensional levels of existence.

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