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Holographic Universe ... sculpted solid by Consciousness,
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This review is from: The Holographic Universe (Paperback)
In this riveting, mind-bending book about the REAL nature of reality, Michael Talbot forces the readers to look beyond the rational/common-sense/"scientific" view of our universe and delve deeper into the subtler, more "real" nature of our universe. Mr. Talbot's bases his argument on the version of quantum reality as interpreted by physicist David Bohm. David Bohm theorized that our universe - which he called the explicate order - is actually a 3-D holographic projection of a deeper, more subtle reality calling it the implicate order. Talbot further takes into account the holographic nature of our brain/mind as propounded by Karl Pribram.
In quantum physics, the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, where a pair of photons traveling in opposite direction display the same angle of polarization when measured at any moment of time, seems to give the impression of communication between them at speeds greater than 'c'. This in effect violates the universal ban imposed by Einstein on the max speed any object/particle can undertake. The other way around this paradox is to view the process in a holographic way. Even Neil Bohr in his famous argument with Einstein on the EPR paradox proposed that the two particles were not separate but part of the indivisible system which in turn strengthens Bohm's Holographic Universe viewpoint of the deep interconnectedness of each particle in this universe with every other.
The apparent solidity, colors, spatial locality and causality associated with our universe is but a perception of our brain which presents a blinkered and veiled view of our world and thus the illusion. The nature of the implicate order - from which our universe has come into being - is non-local and non-causal. The book then takes into account the experiences of the NDE'ers (near-death-experiences) and OBE'ers (out-of-body-experiences) and myriad mystics and shamans, who have described this implicate order/heaven as a place of immense peace and joy, where time and space as we know it ceases to exist, a place populated by being/beings of light/God and constructed by pure thought.
Readers who are interested in gaining insights and philosophies into the nature of our universe and the very purpose of our existence on this planet should definitely give this book a read. Very enriching, insightful and equally entertaining.