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5.0 out of 5 stars A *must* read for any serious paranormal researcher!, 26 Sept. 2004
This review is from: The Holographic Universe (Paperback)
I am a member of North Wales Paranormal Research, and was up until recently pretty sceptical about the existence of ghosts and other parapsychological elements. Why? Because I have a degree in Astrophysics and have been educated with science. Science is a belief, not unlike the belief other people have in ghosts. And beliefs are like addictions. It's very difficult to put aside your beliefs and accept a new way of thinking.
This book changes that. It has completely opened my mind on many aspects of the paranormal, and I have been raving about it ever since I started reading it several weeks ago!
Michael Talbot's presentation of a completely radical idea that basically throws out almost everything we know about science was a bold move, but he does it in such a way that it is extremely compelling, backed up by lots of experimental (and anecdotal in some cases...) evidence and is certainly believable - if you can get your head around the ideas!!!
The EPR paradox that has been mentioned in several reviews on this page was put beautifully in that instead of envisaging two separate particles at a great distance, we are looking at two unfoldings of the same particle. To illustrate this, the book asks you to imagine a fish-tank being monitored by two cameras, one from the side and one from the front. Looking at the two images on the monitors, we see two fish that look similar, but different. One faces forwards and the other faces sideways. But when one fish turns, the other one turns at the same time. So while they *look* like different fish, we can see that they are in fact connected - they are the same fish viewed from a different angle. (I can't do any of these explanations justice!!! :D)
The book goes on to explain how several paranormal phenomena fit into the model, such as poltergeist activity, psychokinesis, stigmata, OBEs and NDEs, auras & healing, psychic abilities, astral projection and remote viewing, hauntings, etc... This is where my particular interest lies.
The idea that the universe is a hologram constructed by our brains is quite difficult to get my head around - that time and space do not really exist, and everything is just a load of frequencies that interfere to create our "reality". It's like trying to visualise a four-dimensional object. We can consciously imagine 3-D objects because we're used to it, but trying to imagine a 4-D object is not possible for us, and maybe it's a similar thing for the holographic universe. We're not meant to see it as it is.
Anyway, I'm confusing myself now - I'll just say that this book is a MUST read! As many others have said in their reviews, it will completely change your view of the world!!!
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