Remember Princess Leia in Star Wars? Artoo Detoo projects her image so Luke can see the message she is sending him. The image is a hologram, a three dimensional picture made with the aid of a laser. Some scientists now believe the universe itself is a kind of giant hologram – an illusion – no more or less real than the image of Princess Leia.
Said another way, there is evidence to suggest our world and everything in it are also only projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.
A little history and a little science. I’ll keep it short and simple. Neils Bohr discovered what was termed non-locality or entanglement – once subatomic particles are in contact, they remain forever influenced by each other instantaneously over any time and distance. Einstein rejected this theory since he didn’t believe information could travel faster than the speed of light. Alain Aspect later demonstrated that particles could travel faster than the speed of light and he demonstrated that at the lowest level of matter, things are interconnected.
David Bohm believed separateness is an illusion – particles are not individual entities, but are actually extensions of the same fundamental something. He did not believe an objective “hard” reality exists. Rather information is enfolded – stored – in quantum waves. He used the hologram as a model to explain his theories.
Bohm considered the universe a giant information headquarters of “unbroken wholeness,” in which everything in the universe is already present in some invisible domain beyond time and space – a field of all possibility – to be called forth and made manifest when necessary. A sort of cosmic storehouse of “All That Is.”
Separate from Bohn, but at the same time Karl Pribram, a neuroscientist, came to the conclusion that the human brain uses quantum waves, like a hologram, to store vast quantities of information. Our brains read this information and from this create the three-dimensional world.
From these ideas, Talbot theorized the whole of the universe was one giant inseparable organism. The “all in the small” – like the hologram – each tiny portion of the encoded information contains the whole of the image. All matter exists in a vast web of connection.
We are One. Most of us feel that to be true. Seems some scientists are coming to the same conclusion.
The holographic model of the universe explains some other, non scientific, things. These include telepathy, precognition, mystical feelings of oneness with the universe and psychokinesis, the ability of the mind to move objects. Is science meeting spirit?
The paranormal itself doesn’t fit into the current scientific view of the world. So, most scientists discount it, although many, many well conducted experiments have validated it. These paranormal activities can be explained by the model of a holographic universe, but cannot be explained by the currently accepted view.
These new ideas are extremely controversial, although many scientists do embrace them in part. It’s important to remember scientists are people with prejudices, pre-conceived notions, etc. who are not always as objective as we may believe. Also remember people are addicted to their beliefs. When you try to change someone’s beliefs, they act like an addict. The concepts in this book are new ideas being born into the scientific community. It might take a while.
I have just given a very high level summary of the book. For those of you interested in this subject, it contains lots of details of experiments and other evidence to support the basic theory of a holographic universe – all with sort of a spiritual twist. Here is a collection of the thoughts and theories of most of the out of the box thinkers of recent times.
Reading this book (I’ve read it twice and still pick it up and read random pages) expands my logical, thinking mind – it helps me realize how little we actually “know”. Mostly I think I like it because science and spirituality are somewhat intertwined in all these thoughts. Bohm’s “field of all possibilities” is basic Eastern thought and very ancient. That’s just one example. You’ll find lots of places where the two worlds meet in these pages.