The Holographic Universe Hardcover – 6 Jun 1991
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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’--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The most notable effort of the late Michael Talbot, the Holographic Universe is an interesting read based around a premise which is still debated amongst the scientific community... Read morePublished 15 hours ago by TC
This book is phenomenal, have not finished it yet but its an absolute i opener and cannot put it down.Published 3 days ago by mr lj tallon
The second time I'm reading this book. This time I'm reading it more slowly as there is so much to digest. Refreshing ideas in this age of materialism.Published 19 days ago by Vader
In the film The Matrix, we see some little kids being able to manipulate the computer generated Matrix. Read morePublished 1 month ago by a badly positioned hole near centre of chariot wheel
Great book in my view, covers a whole range of topics ,such as reality, telepathy, the paranormal, dreams, religion and more, This book is worth my time and I'm sure to get some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James
Simply my favorite book of all time. Still has so much more relevance due to recent studies than when it was released.Published 2 months ago by UK88
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