5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An interesting theory get's a shoddy treatment...,
This review is from: The Holographic Universe (Paperback)
I don't normally do reviews, although perhaps I should since I rely on them so much. I bought this book completely on a whim based entirely on the glowing reviews it got here. First of all, the theory of the Holographic Universe it puts forward is incredibly intriguing. However, this book does the theory a poor service. Essentially it gives a brief description of the idea of the implicate and explicate order and the work of Pribram and Bohm. This takes up the first two chapters, say 55 pages. The remaining 250 pages are descriptions of various new age theories, paranormal events, dreams and coincidences and how they all "prove" the holonomic theory. The writing is of the same quality as a cheap book on conspiracy theories and I think it does the theory a disservice. I intend on doing some further reading directly from the source authors e.g. Bohm, Pribram and Stanislav Grof, hopefully they'll provide a more credible analysis of what is a fascinating theory. To borrow a quote used in the book(not from the author):
"It is a theory which is so intuitively satisfying that many people have felt that if the universe is not the way Bohm describes it, it ought to be."
To summarise, this book is given 3 stars purely based on the subject matter, the book itself is quite poor but perhaps deserves a read if you take all the assertions with a pinch of salt.