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The Holographic Universe Hardcover – 6 Jun 1991

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton (6 Jun. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246136901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246136909
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘One of the cleverest writers around today…his eclectic mind ranges far into the deepest and often most controversial mysteries of modern science.’ Fred Alan Wolf PhD, author of ‘Taking the Quantum Leap’

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Nearly everyone is familiar with holograms three-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 protege 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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is the crowning achievement of the late Michael Talbot, mystic and science fiction writer whose short life ended in 1992 when he succumbed to leukaemia at the tragically young age of 38. "The Holographic Universe" is the only work by Talbot which most people have ever read or heard of, though he wrote other books on the "new physics" and on reincarnation. This book has been influential in popularising the holographic model of reality, postulated by the respected London University physicist David Bohm who originally hypothesised it to explain the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and other quantum anomalies, and separately by Stanford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram to explain the many complex workings of the human mind.

In "The Holographic Universe" Talbot takes the original models of Bohm and Pribram, backs up his thesis with the work of psychologists like Fred Alan Wolf, Stanislav Grov and others and extends the holographic model to postulate an all-embracing idea to explain: the nature of human experience and spiritual awareness, the nature of memory, the nature of time, near death experiences, paranormal phenomena of all kinds, multiple personality disorder and religious experience no less - and this list is by no means comprehensive. It's thought-provoking stuff with some good science but manages to be at the same time racy, absorbing and accessible to the non-science reader. This is quite a trick to pull off, but Talbot succeeds splendidly.

Examples of strange and mysterious phenomena outside the classical Newtonian-Cartesian model abound, from people who see the human energy field to telepathy, stigmata, psychokinesis, clairvoyance, prophecy and spontaneous healing.
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"We are addicted to our beliefs and we do act like addicts when someone tries to wrest from us the powerful opium of our dogmas. And since western science has devoted several centuries to not believing in the paranormal, it is not going to surrender its addiction lightly"
Michael Talbot writes with such flair and passion, this book has one of the best introductions you are ever likely to read and you actually get excited at the prospect of turning the pages before the adventure as it were has even begun. The 'adventure' unfolds in two parts, 1 part 55 pages long devoted to the holographic model 1st put together by David Bohm and , It does include science and to those of us uninitiated with scientific realms, do not fret the basic gist of what the Holographic Universe is about can be grasped because Michael has done his best to simplify the terminology and I personally do not think he could have done any better explaining the concepts.
Part 2 is a much better read and is devoted to a collection of paranormal events, which is where the Author's heart really lies. The old phrase of, 'Minds are like parachutes they only operate when open' springs to mind but a cord has to be pulled on the parachute first, and this is the vein in which this book was written, to act as the cord to open our minds, if you let it, you can be witness to other possibilities, other suggestions and other realms.
Some things are still in the 'strange but true' category of events, what Michael Talbot using the Holograph Universe 'theory' does is try to put these events into a form that can be rationalized and so no longer appear strange.
There is very little humour in this book but this does not matter because of the fascinating content.
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What I like about this book is that Talbot has the knack of pulling together the important intellectual offerings on reality of some of our planet's greater thinkers without the reader feeling the author is simply "ripping off" those peoples' ideas and presenting them in some soulless badly written commentary as usually happens.
Far from it, Talbot manages - in his tightly written, euphoric style - to introduce the reader to the ideas of (Principally) David Bohm and Karl Pribram, and then goes on to offer some of his own consequent philosophies on reality, life, the afterlife and consciousness.
The book starts off by explaining an interesting feature of Holograms (The type which require a laser shined through the holographic plate - NOT THE KIND VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE WITHOUT LASERS SHINING THROUGH THEM). That feature is that even if the plate is smashed into a thousand pieces, each piece STILL CONTAINS THE WHOLE IMAGE.
Talbot explains that, for some philosopher-physicists like Bohm and Pribram, this seemed to offer a possibly plausible model for features of brain function and, on the wider scale, the universe itself - namely its potential non-materiality and cosmic unity (The belief in the interrelatedness of all things - in it's purest form the idea that each atom contains the universe, that everywhere is nowhere, etc. etc.)
Talbot is not afraid to include the holographic model's potential for explaining metaphysical/ paranormal activity such as telepathic, dream-related and "mind over matter" phenomena which he chooses to present as hard fact (Largely due to his own experiences) rather than possibly mythical historical events. Though to be fair he does examine potential for untruths in each paranormal example.
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