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The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality Paperback – September 6, 2011
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Author Talbot writes that ". . . there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it. . . are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time." Hence, the title of his book. Beginning with the work of physicist David Bohm and neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, both of whom independently arrived at holographic theories or models of the universe, Talbot explains in clear terms the theory and physics of holography and its application, both in science and in explanation of the paranormal and psychic. His theory of reality accommodates this latest thinking in physics as well as many unresolved mind-body questions. This well-written and fascinating study is recommended for science collections.
- Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, Cal.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A wake-up call to wonder, an adventure in ideas." -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Space, Time & Medicine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 Holographic Universe starts out with some fascinating explanations of holograms, quantum fields, and neurology, and the author then explains why he believes that the entire universe is a hologram. This is within the first three chapters.
The remainder of the book is a collection of fascinating true stories, taken from history, scientists, gurus, other people, and his own experiences, that seem to support his holographic universe theory. I don't know if I am convinced that the universe is a hologram, but i can at least say that the universe shares some qualities with a hologram, and I'm open to the possibility. It is fascinating.
The human brain is a hologram. The world is a hologram. Humanity is a hologram. The entire universe is a hologram. Everything we experience is holographic. These are the claims expressed - quite well - within the pages of The Holographic Universe.
Topics explored include telekinesis, psychic abilites, NDEs, OBEs, fire-proof humans, and even a human's direct ability to control the world around them. One particularly awesome story was told of a Shaman (don't know if that's the accurate word) who could make trees disappear from existence. Wow!
This is supernatural reality at its finest. The Holographic Universe blew my mind. Science, wonder, reality, and what it means to be human are all explored in depth in this book. I loved it.