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Michael Talbot

The holographic universe

In The holographic universe Michael Talbot looks at the idea that the umverse might be like a hologram in the sense that each part of it contains the whole. Talbot uses the work of well known physicists to support his ideas, in particular that of David Bohm. Sensibly, he doesn't try to rewrite quantum physics - rather the prinicpal theme of the book is the link between these holographic ideas and what we consider to be paranormal events, starting with the mysterious healing powers which some people have. Talbot discusses how this might be related to the ability to percieve a Human Energy Field.

Talbot goes on to look at how the holographic nature of the universe means that our consciousness can experience other times and places, and at the evidence that we can recall previous lives. There is also a chapter on out of the body experiences and near death experiences.

What I liked about this book was that Talbot (for the most part) isn't trying to push his own dogmatic view of how the universe works onto the reader. This makes his description of paranormal events much more credible - indeed Talbot describes how from a young age he experienced such events, and only later came to find that others didn't believe in them. Personally I'm still skeptical, but if you want to look at the possibility of paranormal events then this would be a good place to start. info
Paperback 338 pages  
ISBN: 0060922583
Salesrank: 702841
Published: 1992 Harper Perennial
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Paperback 352 pages  
ISBN: 0060922583
Salesrank: 152543
Weight:0.65 lbs
Published: 1992 Harper Perennial
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Today nearly everyone is familiar with holograms, three-dimensional images projected into space with the aid of a laser. Now, two of the world's most eminent thinkers -- University of London physicists David Bohm, a former protege of Einstein's and one of the world's most respected quantum physicists, and Stanford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, one of the architects of our modern understanding of the brain -- 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. This remarkable new way of looking at the universe explains now 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.