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The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality Paperback – September 6, 2011
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Nearly everyone is familiar with hologramsthree-dimensional images projected into space with the aid of a laser. Two of the world's most eminent thinkers 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. University of London physicist David Bohm, a protÉgÉ of Einstein and one of the world's most respected quantum physicists, and Stanford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, an architect of our modern understanding of the brain, have developed a remarkable new way of looking at the universe. Their theory 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.
Now featuring a foreword by Lynne McTaggart, Michael Talbot's The Holographic Universe is a landmark work whose exciting conclusions continue to be proven true by today's most advanced physics, cosmology, and string theory.
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At the quantum level, it becomes evident that separateness is an illusion. I've heard that before--that all things are vibrantly, dynamically interconnected--but Talbot helped me see it in fresh new ways. He explores how different thinkers illuminate this profound insight.
Especially powerful to me was his explanation of physicist David Bohm's view that space is not empty; it's chockfull of energy. I've been drawn for years to the idea of the "fertile void" in my life. It has allowed me to take risks--such as leaving job and home to travel the world--knowing that something will always come. In fact, I now look at most any circumstance, even the brain surgery I had, as an opportunity for something new to arise. I love thinking about how this disposition is actually lining up with the way the universe works at the subatomic level.
Ultimately, this book asks the question: What is Reality? And it shows how Quantum Physics is drawing the conclusion that Reality is infinitely more than we perceive with our conscious minds, that it's interconnected and infinite and limitless. In other words, science is confirming what mystics have said for thousand of years.
The first sections on the physics were completely captivating. I had a really hard time putting the book down from the first page to the early portions of Part 2 (The Brain as Hologram and The Cosmos as Hologram). The author very adroitly explains the holographic theory, how a physicist and a psychologist (Bohm and Pribram, respectively) coming at it from their fields were stumbling upon data/findings in experiments/patients that were leading them to the ideas of reality and how it may be thought of as "imaginary". The author does a very nice job of laying out the particulars, too, for 20th century thought on the subject.
Then, unfortunately (for me), the author veers off into psychics and mind-body healing and chakras and chis and auras and ... you get the idea. This portion of the book follows a very typical formula that you'll see in similar books. Some kind of person or event is noted; then there is a paragraph or two or three devoted to its details; then there is some text explaining how this fits into the main idea being covered. This goes on for, literally, dozens of pages in the middle of the book. I found myself scanning, not reading, this material. Some of it I'd read elsewhere, anyway. It got to be too much when the author shares his own psychic abilities; how he "saw" himself as a werewolf when he was writing a book about werewolves; how another psychic castigated him for trying to heal himself, for "yelling at his spleen" (You cannot make this stuff up: "...she immediately described what was wrong with my spleen and then paused, scowling as if she was confused. 'Your spleen's very upset about something,' she murmured. And then suddenly it hit her. 'Have you been *yelling* at your spleen?' I sheepishly admitted that I had." p. 186)
My advice? Stop yelling at your spleen.
Then there's a section on clairvoyants such as Stefan Ossowiecki, George McMullen, and Gerard Croiset. Look them up to see what they're about, if you like. Then we go into hauntings and fairy sightings and remote viewing and precognition. And reincarnation and out of body experiences and near death experiences. In each case the author provides some examples as proof of the phenomenon; and then usually provides a "But that's not all!" hook. And proceeds to give yet another example from yet some other 'researcher' that is even more incredible than what came before. (Reminded me of the Ronco infomercials: "But wait! There's more!")
When the author gets to Swedenborg, I took note. I'd never heard of the man, so I went to his Wikipedia page and found all I needed, and more. Interestingly, the author does *not* state that Swedenborg was a Christian. More interesting is that the author leaves out the fact that Swedenborg himself said that he was commanded by the Lord to publish his writings. And that a 'new church' was founded based on his theology. These are pretty big details to leave out.
We continue with the author into shamanistic traditions. Much is discussed; similar experiences abound across cultures and across time. The author quotes a (yes!) psychoneuroimmunologist: "Matter can neither be created nor destroyed, and perhaps biological information flow cannot just disappear at death and must be transformed into another realm." (This is simply conservation of mass.) Then he touches on the UFO phenomenon, and what that may or may not *really* be. (I have my own solid thoughts based on much study over the years.)
So, I confess, I read this book through my Christian mind that's been soaked in a foundation of readings, teachings, and experiences from a variety of ancient, modern, and current Christian philosophers, theologians, and teachers. I've learned many simple truths over the decades; one being: "even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." In other words: Be careful what you let into your mind.
The book was not entirely what I expected it to be. As I say, it started extremely strong for me, sagged terribly in the middle, but then came back around with nice closure on the topic, including the "Evolutionary Thrust toward Higher Consciousness". (Something is happening, but not what the author thinks.)
Recommend reading with an open (and guarded) mind. 4/5 stars ('liked it'). This book provided a nice introduction to the subject for me. It is dated now, so I'll be looking for more recent material.
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This book wholeheartedly set me on my journey of understanding. It explained things that no amount of extra dimensions and string spaghetti theory’s could...Read more
Wow, wow and wow. This book will have you thinking more about things that you haven't thought of...The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot (1992-05-06)
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