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The Universe as a Hologram
    #1874728 - 09/02/03 05:50 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

I thought this was rather strange...


The Holographic Universe

The Universe as a Hologram

Author Unknown

In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research
team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of
the most important experiments of the 20th century. You did not hear about it on
the evening news. In fact, unless you are in the habit of reading scientific
journals you probably have never even heard Aspect's name, though there are
some who believe his discovery may change the face of science.

Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic
particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each
other regardless of the distance separating them. It doesn't matter whether they
are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart.

Somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. The
problem with this feat is that it violates Einstein's long-held tenet that no
communication can travel faster than the speed of light. Since traveling faster
than the speed of light is tantamount to breaking the time barrier, this daunting
prospect has caused some physicists to try to come up with elaborate ways to
explain away Aspect's findings. But it has inspired others to offer even more
radical explanations.

University of London physicist David Bohm, for example, believes Aspect's
findings imply that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent
solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly
detailed hologram.

To understand why Bohm makes this startling assertion, one must first
understand a little about holograms. A hologram is a three- dimensional photograph
made with the aid of a laser.

To make a hologram, the object to be photographed is first bathed in the
light of a laser beam. Then a second laser beam is bounced off the reflected light
of the first and the resulting interference pattern (the area where the two
laser beams commingle) is captured on film.

When the film is developed, it looks like a meaningless swirl of light and
dark lines. But as soon as the developed film is illuminated by another laser
beam, a three-dimensional image of the original object appears.

The three-dimensionality of such images is not the only remarkable
characteristic of holograms. If a hologram of a rose is cut in half and then illuminated
by a laser, each half will still be found to contain the entire image of the

Indeed, even if the halves are divided again, each snippet of film will
always be found to contain a smaller but intact version of the original image.
Unlike normal photographs, every part of a hologram contains all the information
possessed by the whole.

The "whole in every part" nature of a hologram provides us with an entirely
new way of understanding organization and order. For most of its history,
Western science has labored under the bias that the best way to understand a
physical phenomenon, whether a frog or an atom, is to dissect it and study its
respective parts.

A hologram teaches us that some things in the universe may not lend
themselves to this approach. If we try to take apart something constructed
holographically, we will not get the pieces of which it is made, we will only get smaller

This insight suggested to Bohm another way of understanding Aspect's
discovery. Bohm believes the reason subatomic particles are able to remain in contact
with one another regardless of the distance separating them is not because
they are sending some sort of mysterious signal back and forth, but because their
separateness is an illusion. He argues that at some deeper level of reality
such particles are not individual entities, but are actually extensions of the
same fundamental something.

To enable people to better visualize what he means, Bohm offers the following

Imagine an aquarium containing a fish. Imagine also that you are unable to
see the aquarium directly and your knowledge about it and what it contains comes
from two television cameras, one directed at the aquarium's front and the
other directed at its side.

As you stare at the two television monitors, you might assume that the fish
on each of the screens are separate entities. After all, because the cameras
are set at different angles, each of the images will be slightly different. But
as you continue to watch the two fish, you will eventually become aware that
there is a certain relationship between them.

When one turns, the other also makes a slightly different but corresponding
turn; when one faces the front, the other always faces toward the side. If you
remain unaware of the full scope of the situation, you might even conclude
that the fish must be instantaneously communicating with one another, but this is
clearly not the case.

This, says Bohm, is precisely what is going on between the subatomic
particles in Aspect's experiment.

According to Bohm, the apparent faster-than-light connection between
subatomic particles is really telling us that there is a deeper level of reality we
are not privy to, a more complex dimension beyond our own that is analogous to
the aquarium. And, he adds, we view objects such as subatomic particles as
separate from one another because we are seeing only a portion of their reality.

Such particles are not separate "parts", but facets of a deeper and more
underlying unity that is ultimately as holographic and indivisible as the
previously mentioned rose. And since everything in physical reality is comprised of
these "eidolons", the universe is itself a projection, a hologram.

In addition to its phantomlike nature, such a universe would possess other
rather startling features. If the apparent separateness of subatomic particles
is illusory, it means that at a deeper level of reality all things in the
universe are infinitely interconnected.

The electrons in a carbon atom in the human brain are connected to the
subatomic particles that comprise every salmon that swims, every heart that beats,
and every star that shimmers in the sky.

Everything interpenetrates everything, and although human nature may seek to
categorize and pigeonhole and subdivide, the various phenomena of the
universe, all apportionments are of necessity artificial and all of nature is
ultimately a seamless web.

In a holographic universe, even time and space could no longer be viewed as
fundamentals. Because concepts such as location break down in a universe in
which nothing is truly separate from anything else, time and three-dimensional
space, like the images of the fish on the TV monitors, would also have to be
viewed as projections of this deeper order.

At its deeper level reality is a sort of superhologram in which the past,
present, and future all exist simultaneously. This suggests that given the proper
tools it might even be possible to someday reach into the superholographic
level of reality and pluck out scenes from the long-forgotten past.

What else the superhologram contains is an open-ended question. Allowing, for
the sake of argument, that the superhologram is the matrix that has given
birth to everything in our universe, at the very least it contains every
subatomic particle that has been or will be -- every configuration of matter and
energy that is possible, from snowflakes to quasars, from blu? whales to gamma
rays. It must be seen as a sort of cosmic storehouse of "All That Is."

Although Bohm concedes that we have no way of knowing what else might lie
hidden in the superhologram, he does venture to say that we have no reason to
assume it does not contain more. Or as he puts it, perhaps the superholographic
level of reality is a "mere stage" beyond which lies "an infinity of further

Bohm is not the only researcher who has found evidence that the universe is a
hologram. Working independently in the field of brain research, Standford
neurophysiologist Karl Pribram has also become persuaded of the holographic
nature of reality.

Pribram was drawn to the holographic model by the puzzle of how and where
memories are stored in the brain. For decades numerous studies have shown that
rather than being confined to a specific location, memories are dispersed
throughout the brain.

In a series of landmark experiments in the 1920s, brain scientist Karl
Lashley found that no matter what portion of a rat's brain he removed he was unable
to eradicate its memory of how to perform complex tasks it had learned prior
to surgery. The only problem was that no one was able to come up with a
mechanism that might explain this curious "whole in every part" nature of memory

Then in the 1960s Pribram encountered the concept of holography and realized
he had found the explanation brain scientists had been looking for. Pribram
believes memories are encoded not in neurons, or small groupings of neurons, but
in patterns of nerve impulses that crisscross the entire brain in the same
way that patterns of laser light interference crisscross the entire area of a
piece of film containing a holographic image. In other words, Pribram believes
the brain is itself a hologram.

Pribram's theory also explains how the human brain can store so many memories
in so little space. It has been estimated that the human brain has the
capacity to memorize something on the order of 10 billion bits of information during
the average human lifetime (or roughly the same amount of information
contained in five sets of the Encyclopaedia Britannica).

Similarly, it has been discovered that in addition to their other
capabilities, holograms possess an astounding capacity for information storage--simply by
changing the angle at which the two lasers strike a piece of photographic
film, it is possible to record many different images on the same surface. It has
been demonstrated that one cubic centimeter of film can hold as many as 10
billion bits of information.

Our uncanny ability to quickly retrieve whatever information we need from the
enormous store of our memories becomes more understandable if the brain
functions according to holographic principles. If a friend asks you to tell him
what comes to mind when he says the word "zebra", you do not have to clumsily
sort back through ome gigantic and cerebral alphabetic file to arrive at an
answer. Instead, associations like "striped", "horselike", and "animal native to
Africa" all pop into your head instantly.

Indeed, one of the most amazing things about the human thinking process is
that every piece of information seems instantly cross- correlated with every
other piece of information--another feature intrinsic to the hologram. Because
every portion of a hologram is infinitely interconnected with ever other
portion, it is perhaps nature's supreme example of a cross-correlated system.

The storage of memory is not the only neurophysiological puzzle that becomes
more tractable in light of Pribram's holographic model of the brain. Another
is how the brain is able to translate the avalanche of frequencies it receives
via the senses (light frequencies, sound frequencies, and so on) into the
concrete world of our perceptions. Encoding and decoding frequencies is precisely
what a hologram does best. Just as a hologram functions as a sort of lens, a
translating device able to convert an apparently meaningless blur of
frequencies into a coherent image, Pribram believes the brain also comprises a lens and
uses holographic principles to mathematically convert the frequencies it
receives through he senses into the inner world of our perceptions.

An impressive body of evidence suggests that the brain uses holographic
principles to perform its operations. Pribram's theory, in fact, has gained
increasing support among neurophysiologists.

Argentinian-Italian researcher Hugo Zucarelli recently extended the
holographic model into the world of acoustic phenomena. Puzzled by the fact that humans
can locate the source of sounds without moving their heads, even if they only
possess hearing in one ear, Zucarelli discovered that holographic principles
can explain this ability.

Zucarelli has also developed the technology of holophonic sound, a recording
technique able to reproduce acoustic situations with an almost uncanny

Pribram's belief that our brains mathematically construct "hard" reality by
relying on input from a frequency domain has also received a good deal of
experimental support.

It has been found that each of our senses is sensitive to a much broader
range of frequencies than was previously suspected.

Researchers have discovered, for instance, that our visual systems are
sensitive to sound frequencies, that our sense of smell is in part dependent on what
are now called "osmic frequencies", and that even the cells in our bodies are
sensitive to a broad range of frequencies. Such findings suggest that it is
only in the holographic domain of consciousness that such frequencies are
sorted out and divided up into conventional perceptions.

But the most mind-boggling aspect of Pribram's holographic model of the brain
is what happens when it is put together with Bohm's theory. For if the
concreteness of the world is but a secondary reality and what is "there" is actually
a holographic blur of frequencies, and if the brain is also a hologram and
only selects some of the frequencies out of this blur and mathematically
transforms them into sensory perceptions, what becomes of objective reality?

Put quite simply, it ceases to exist. As the religions of the East have long
upheld, the material world is Maya, an illusion, and although we may think we
are physical beings moving through a physical world, this too is an illusion.

We are really "receivers" floating through a kaleidoscopic sea of frequency,
and what we extract from this sea and transmogrify into physical reality is
but one channel from many extracted out of the superhologram.

This striking new picture of reality, the synthesis of Bohm and Pribram's
views, has come to be called the holographic paradigm, and although many
scientists have greeted it with skepticism, it has galvanized others. A small but
growing group of researchers believe it may be the most accurate model of reality
science has arrived at thus far. More than that, some believe it may solve
some mysteries that have never before been explainable by science and even
establish the paranormal as a part of nature.

Numerous researchers, including Bohm and Pribram, have noted that many
para-psychological phenomena become much more understandable in terms of the
holographic paradigm.

In a universe in which individual brains are actually indivisible portions of
the greater hologram and everything is infinitely interconnected, telepathy
may merely be the accessing of the holographic level.

It is obviously much easier to understand how information can travel from the
mind of individual 'A' to that of individual 'B' at a far distance point and
helps to understand a number of unsolved puzzles in psychology. In particular,
Grof feels the holographic paradigm offers a model for understanding many of
the baffling phenomena experienced by individuals during altered states of

In the 1950s, while conducting research into the beliefs of LSD as a
psychotherapeutic tool, Grof had one female patient who suddenly became convinced she
had assumed the identity of a female of a species of prehistoric reptile.
During the course of her hallucination, she not only gave a richly detailed
description of what it felt like to be encapsuled in such a form, but noted that the
portion of the male of the species's anatomy was a patch of colored scales on
the side of its head. What was startling to Grof was that although the woman
had no prior knowledge about such things, a conversation with a zoologist
later confirmed that in certain species of reptiles colored areas on the head do
indeed play an important role as triggers of sexual arousal. The woman's
experience was not unique. During the course of his research, Grof encountered
examples of patients regressing and identifying with virtually every species on the
evolutionary tree (research findings which helped influence the man-into-ape
scene in the movie Altered States). Moreover, he found that such experiences
frequently contained obscure zoological details which turned out to be
accurate. Regressions into the animal kingdom were not the only puzzling psychological
phenomena Grof encountered. He also had patients who appeared to tap into
some sort of collective or racial unconscious. Individuals with little or no
education suddenly gave detailed descriptions of Zoroastrian funerary practices
and scenes from Hindu mythology. In other categories of experience, individuals
gave persuasive accounts of out-of-body journeys, of precognitive glimpses of
the future, of regressions into apparent past-life incarnations. In later
research, Grof found the same range of phenomena manifested in therapy sessions
which did not involve the use of drugs. Because the common element in such
experiences appeared to be the transcending of an individual's consciousness beyond
the usual boundaries of ego and/or limitations of space and time, Grof called
such manifestations "transpersonal experiences", and in the late '60s he
helped found a branch of psychology called "transpersonal psychology" devoted
entirely to their study. Although Grof's newly founded Association of
Transpersonal Psychology garnered a rapidly growing group of like-minded professionals and has become a respected branch of psychology, for years neither Grof or any of
his colleagues were able to offer a mechanism for explaining the bizarre
psychological phenomena they were witnessing. But that has changed with the advent
of the holographic paradigm. As Grof recently noted, if the mind is actually
part of a continuum, a labyrinth that is connected not only to every other
mind that exists or has existed, but to every atom, organism, and region in the
vastness of space and time itself, the fact that it is able to occasionally
make forays into the labyrinth and have transpersonal experiences no longer seems
so strange. The holographic prardigm also has implications for so-called hard
sciences like biology. Keith Floyd, a psychologist at Virginia Intermont
College, has pointed out that if the concreteness of reality is but a holographic
illusion, it would no longer be true to say the brain produces consciousness.
Rather, it is consciousness that creates the appearance of the brain -- as
well as the body and everything else around us we interpret as physical. Such a
turnabout in the way we view biological structures has caused researchers to
point out that medicine and our understanding of the healing process could also
be transformed by the holographic paradigm. If the apparent physical structure
of the body is but a holographic projection of consciousness, it becomes
clear that each of us is much more responsible for our health than current medical
wisdom allows. What we now view as miraculous remissions of disease may
actually be due to changes in consciousness which in turn effect changes in the
hologram of the body. Similarly, controversial new healing techniques such as
visualization may work so well because in the holographic domain of thought
images are ultimately as real as "reality". Even visions and experiences involving
"non-ordinary" reality become explainable under the holographic paradigm. In
his book "Gifts of Unknown Things," biologist Lyall Watson discribes his
encounter with an Indonesian shaman woman who, by performing a ritual dance, was
able to make an entire grove of trees instantly vanish into thin air. Watson
relates that as he and another astonished onlooker continued to watch the woman,
she caused the trees to reappear, then "click" off again and on again several
times in succession. Although current scientific understanding is incapable of
explaining such events, experiences like this become more tenable if "hard"
reality is only a holographic projection. Perhaps we agree on what is "there" or
"not there" because what we call consensus reality is formulated and ratified
at the level of the human unconscious at which all minds are infinitely
interconnected. If this is true, it is the most profound implication of the
holographic paradigm of all, for it means that experiences such as Watson's are not
commonplace only because we have not programmed our minds with the beliefs that
would make them so. In a holographic universe there are no limits to the
extent to which we can alter the fabric of reality. What we perceive as reality is
only a canvas waiting for us to draw upon it any picture we want. Anything is
possible, from bending spoons with the power of the mind to the
phantasmagoric events experienced by Castaneda during his encounters with the Yaqui brujo don Juan, for magic is our birthright, no more or less miraculous than our
ability to compute the reality we want when we are in our dreams. Indeed, even our
most fundamental notions about reality become suspect, for in a holographic
universe, as Pribram has pointed out, even random events would have to be seen
as based on holographic principles and therefore determined. Synchronicities
or meaningful coincidences suddenly makes sense, and everything in reality
would have to be seen as a metaphor, for even the most haphazard events would
express some underlying symmetry. Whether Bohm and Pribram's holographic paradigm
becomes accepted in science or dies an ignoble death remains to be seen, but
it is safe to say that it has already had an influence on the thinking of many
scientists. And even if it is found that the holographic model does not
provide the best explanation for the instantaneous communications that seem to be
passing back and forth between subatomic particles, at the very least, as noted
by Basil Hiley, a physicist at Birbeck College in London, Aspect's findings
"indicate that we must be prepared to consider radically new views of reality".

Ellie's Theories on Creation and the Hologram

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Re: The Universe as a Hologram [Re: kb73]
    #1874765 - 09/02/03 06:02 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Note: In desperate need of a cure...

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Re: The Universe as a Hologram [Re: Sclorch]
    #1874785 - 09/02/03 06:08 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah, I remembered reading that.. Check out the thread (I think it is the one Sclorch has linked to) for my thoughts on the matter..

Edit: I was wrong about that. THIS IS THAT THREAD.

If I should die this very moment
I wouldn't fear
For I've never known completeness
Like being here
Wrapped in the warmth of you
Loving every breath of you

:heartpump: :bunnyhug: :yinyang:

:yinyang: :levitate: :earth: :levitate: :yinyang:

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Re: The Universe as a Hologram [Re: kb73]
    #1875459 - 09/02/03 09:49 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

A version of this theory recently appeared in Scientific American.

For those with such a direction :wink:

Once, men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free.
But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.

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Re: The Universe as a Hologram [Re: trendal]
    #1875952 - 09/03/03 12:05 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

This is an excerpt from The holographic universe by michael talbot, go read it now.

This has popped up many times on the shroomery boards and I always tell people the books name. Its really an excellent book.

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Re: The Universe as a Hologram [Re: kb73]
    #1876533 - 09/03/03 05:07 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)


An impressive body of evidence suggests that the brain uses holographic principles to perform its operations.

This explains if the world of our perceptions seems holographic. The outside world that causes those perceptions may still be non-holographic. Or it could be a hologram on the quantum level, but then it's obviously a different hologram than the one produced by our brains.

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