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- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 188mm x 24mm | 240g
- Publication date: 7 October 1996
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0586091718
- ISBN 13: 9780586091715
- Illustrations note: 15 illustrations, index
- Sales rank: 8,783
'There is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it - from snowflakes to maple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons - are only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality literally beyond both space and time.' This is the astonishing idea behind the holographic theory of the universe, pioneered by two eminent thinkers: physicist David Bohm, a former protege of Albert Einstein, and quantum physicist Karl Pribram. The holographic theory of the universe encompasses consciousness and reality as we know them, but can also explain such hitherto unexplained phenomena as telepathy, out-of-body experiences and even miraculous healing. In this remarkable book, Michael Talbot reveals the extraordinary depth and power of the holographic theory of the universe, illustrating how it makes sense of the entire range of experiences within our universe - and in other universes beyond our own.
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Michael Talbot was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1953. He was the author of 'Mysticism and the New Physics', 'Beyond the Quantum' and 'Your Past Lives: A Reincarnation Handbook', as well as three novels. He died in 1992.
By Dave Ellis 20 Aug 2012
I came across this book years ago. Well worth a read. Best explanation I have ever read and one of the best books ever
'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'
A veteran reporter on the New Age scene (Beyond the Quantum, 1986) ably explains the latest hip paradigm before soaring off into hyperdimensional inner space. Our world and its contents, suggests Talbot, are "only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time." Behind the breathy prose, he's talking about the universe as a hologram - that is, as a three-dimensional representation of a higher reality. Two men fathered this theory: Karl Pribram, a neurophysiologist who claims that the brain functions holographically; and physicist David Bohm, who took the ball from Pribram and carried it right through the goal posts, describing the cosmos as a "holomovement," the "explicate" projection of an "implicated" reality. This implies, says Talbot, that the "objective universe. . . might not even exist." So far so good, if a bit gooey. But Talbot then goes on a pixilated hologram hunt, unearthing evidence for the new paradigm in telepathy, schizophrenia, synchronicity, the placebo effect, stigmata, acupuncture, psychokinesis, poltergeists, precognition, UFOs, psychic archaeology - and more. Without exception, the author takes a naive approach to these phenomena (for instance, near-death experiencers are "actually making visits to an entirely different level of reality"), evincing a sort of naive New Age Boy Scout eagerness that reaches its zenith when he talks about his own psychic adventures, like watching a "small brown object" materialize in his office. Fifty solid pages - then, like, far-out, man. (Kirkus Reviews)
Table of contents
Part 1 A remarkable new view of reality: the brain as hologram; the cosmos. Part 2 Mind and body: the holographic model and psychology; I sing the body holographic; a pocketful of miracles; seeing holographically. Part 3 Space and time: time out of mind; travelling in the superhologram; return to the dreamtime.