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Intriguing but fantastical and requires a large pinch of salt,
This review is from: The Holographic Universe (Paperback)
I would cautiously recommend this book to people interested in the possible ramifications of some of the shocking interpretations of Quantum Theory. There are numerous fascinating ideas and concepts put forward in this book and it certainly provides food for thought. The downside is that the author is a non-scientist and this is abundantly apparent in both his incomplete presentation of the physics underpinning the Holographic Model (including just the bits that do agree with his argument) and also in occasional examples of appallingly bad science presented as either objective fact or plausible hypotheses based on fact. Simple investigation of the sources referenced in this book reveal some really quite dubious supporting evidence for the author's claims and this can break the spell that is easily cast by his highly engaging style of writing.
What is missing from this book is true accuracy with respect to the underlying physics and also perspective of what it does present compared to the alternative interpretations of quantum mechanics and why they have actually accrued more supporters amongst experts. The author dismisses this situation as being symptomatic of the arrogance and ignorance of institionalised science but this is far from the truth - don't forget these are the same people who in the last century have revolutionised the fundamental concepts of space, time, matter and energy. Closed-minded they are emphatically not. It is just a cheap shot from someone who feels they are not being listened to.
Overall I think the book is definitely interesting and worthy, but that the reader should follow-up on some of the author's quoted references and that it should be read in conjunction with other, more scientifically accurate, texts such as Roger Penrose's "The Emperor's New Mind", and "Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists" by Ken Wilber. Also Googling "James Randi" might yield valuable counter-points to some of the more extreme supernatural claims made in this book (claims which, ironically, damage the scientific integrity of the Holographic Model and make it even less likely to be investigated further).
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2009 17:07:33 GMT
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Remember that James Randi is not a scientist either...
On the subject of the Holographic Model, here is some potentially interesting new research:
Along with the excellent Penrose book, I can also recommend David Chalmers' THE CONSCIOUS MIND, David Bohm's WHOLENESS AND THE IMPLICATE ORDER (which fills in the gaps in Talbot's writing), Robert Lanza's BIOCENTRISM, Dean Radin's THE CONSCIOUS UNIVERSE and Rosenblum & Kuttner's QUANTUM ENIGMA. QUANTUM ENIGMA and BIOCENTRISM in particular eschew all New Age thinking in their explorations of Quantum Physics, as does Bohm's writing. Chalmers' book deals with QM at the end, but is more a work of philosophy. It too is excellent. But anyone intrigued by Talbot and wanting something more substantial should check these works out. Bohm, Lanza, Radin, Rosenblum and Kuttner are all scientists, Chalmers is a thinker.
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