Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holographic Universe

 


As I have mentioned before, I will post on a book I've finished reading if I think it might be of value to others. The book that I have just finished is Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot. It was published in 1991, and was the third book by this incredible writer and seeker. Michael Talbot died not long after publication, in 1992, of leukemia.




The Holographic Universe is an extraordinary book. The main premise being that the universe is actually a giant hologram. The main architects of this scientific construct of reality is University of London physicist David Bohm, a protege of Einstein and world-renowned quantum physicist, and Karl Pribram, a neurophysiologist at Stanford University, and author of Languages of the Brain. They came to their conclusions differently and from completely different directions. And if they are correct - the universe as we know it is not at all what we believe it to be.

Talbot dove into many other mysteries as well. He took us along on a journey of exploration that involved healing, energy, near death experiences, out of body experiences, the construct of time, science, ufos, psychic phenomenon, and much more. But Dr. Stanislav Grof, in The Adventure of Self-Discovery explains it much better:

The new data are of such far-reaching relevance that they could revolutionize our understanding of the human psyche, of psychopathology, and of therapeutic process. Some of the observations transend in their significance the framework of psychology and psychiatry and represent a serious challenge to the current Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm of Western science. They could change drastically our image of human nature, of culture and history, and of reality.


This book would appeal to those who are interested in the above topics and/or a worldview that could answer many of the mysteries man has contemplated over millennium. I found it to be an interesting and face-paced read. Straddling my focus of science and spirit, it was hard to put down.

If you would like to watch (two) ten minute videos on U-Tube, go here and here. Or to hear Talbot, himself, explain this theory go here.

31 comments:

GooseBreeder said...

It sounds fascinating!!!

smiles4u said...

This does sound interesting! Thanks for sharing this!

Linda Pendleton said...

I recall that book. I bought it for my husband as a gift not long after it came out. I believe I read it or at least part of it at that time.

Sad to hear Talbot passed on. I didn't know that.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

This book would make an excellent gift for The Husband. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Oh, you and I are so on the same wavelength. Am just putting up the shortie with your brennan and talbot synchro!

Nancy said...

Goose - I found it fascinating!

smiles - You're welcome.

Linda - Yes, he died right after the book was published. One wonders what the man would be writing about now.

Elizabeth - You're welcome. Let me know what he thinks, if he reads it.

Trish - Still unsure what the Barbara Breenan synchronicity means.

linda said...

this sounds incredibly fascinating if not a bit difficult to comprehend...a shame the man passed so soon and I too wonder where he would now be in his work, had he lived...

blessings to you...

Nancy said...

Linda - Very true. He was a brilliant thinker.

Sapphire said...

I'm always looking for new ways to view the world - this sounds like something I could really get into!

Natalie said...

Off to have a look. Thanks Nancyxx♥

DJan said...

I remember hearing about that book once before, but this time I'll go check it out. I always like books I can't put down...

Henri Loves... said...

Good Morning...as a seeker who just entered my second half three years ago, I am amazed (the more I read; however, I guess it isn't so amazing) how I keep finding and coming to info that is relevant to what I am contemplating. I have had so many synchronicities and now I can't wait to read all these book recomendations and you post on synchronicity!
Thanks for sharing your discoveries. I agree, if you are on this "path of discovery," you seem to find your way...maybe from a different direction; but, it will be there waiting for you!
Love,
Henri

Gaston Studio said...

To think that everything is made up of miniscule atoms is mind boggling... thanks for sharing this.

Brian Miller said...

intriguing...

A Year on the Grill said...

the mind reels

~JarieLyn~ said...

This does sound quite fascinating.

luksky said...

Very interesting!!!! In the last decade I have gotten a strange feeling that none of "this world" was "real". I began to "think" that everything I experienced and saw was just a figmant of my imagination. The you tube videos only reinforced my belief. I will be buying the book! Thanks for posting. :-)

Jo said...

I think our view of the universe is very different from the reality of it. One of my munchkins believes the universe is expanding and collapsing over and over, and thus the explanation for deja vu.

Have you ever read "Einstein: His Life And Universe" by Walter Isaacson? It's amazing.

Nancy said...

Sapphire - It really is an interesting book, regardless of how you view the world.

Natalie - Let me know what you think.

DJan - If you read it, let me know what you think.

Henri - You are so right about your "path of discovery", when you are seeking - you find your way.

Gaston - I am so fascinated with the particles/waves thing, too. Everything made up of the same - only vibrating at different levels. Fascinating. You might like this book.

Brian - A good read, if you're into science and spirituality at all.

A year - LOL! Indeed.

Jeri - I really enjoyed the book. After you get through the first third, which is mostly science-oriented, it is an easy and fascinating read.

luksky - Let me know what you think.

Jo - Your munchkin could be right - the book talks about imlicate and explicat order. Similar to expanding/contracting. Thanks for the book suggestion on Einstein. I'll check it out.

Deboshree said...

Amazing Nancy!

Wow! If all such things would be true!!
Thanks for sharing it with us ^_^

Love
Deboshree

PeacefulWmn9 said...

This world is so fascinating, and so are people and the workings of the human mind. I imagine there is a plethora of things about it all that would astonish us. I hope perhaps in the next life, we may become privy to some of those facts :)

Karen

Nancy said...

Deboshree - It is a very compelling theory.

Peaceful - Many believe we may be a part of great changes in our lifetime. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

ds said...

This sounds like a real mindbender...in all of the right ways! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

ds - it is a fascinating explanation for so many of the things that go bump in the night.

Marguerite said...

This sounds like another really fascinating book, Nancy! It's as if writing this book was his main purpose in life. I will check out the links. I have read Languages of the Brain and it was a mind blower, so I definitely would like to read this book.
Looks like you're getting your share of snow? Stay warm! :)

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Land of shimp said...

Nancy, it sounds like a very interesting read, and I thank you for bringing it to our attention.

I have a question, how comfortable with physics, and how much of a base knowledge of physics would a person need to enjoy this book? Like almost everyone, I did all the required math and science courses, but I'll be honest, they were never my best grades. Schrodinger's cat being my least favorite feline of all time.

I have a working knowledge and understanding of various theoretical concepts...but working for me only means, "I managed to pass what I needed to pass, and the colors, they were not flying in some instances."

So, do you need to be a great friend to the scientific mindset to truly appreciate this book? I'm dealing with my liberal arts brain over here.

JC said...

Sounds like a very interesting read ...

** please help me find a home for the boys .. stop by my blog and mention them on yours **

Nancy said...

Marguerite - This is a pretty good read. Now I need to take a look at Languages of the Brain - thanks for the review!

shimp - You really don't need to have much science. This book, and all the ones I read are written in laymens language. My education was a BS but not in the harder sciences. The first few chapters are slow reading because you are trying to understand the concept, but the rest of the book if fast-paced as Talbot links all sorts of other things to this theory. The videos are harder to understand than the book. If you read it, please let me know what you think of it.

JC - Will stop by.

Phoebe Miriah Kirby said...

Josh will go ga ga over this.

:)

Thank you for sharing.

Rob-bear said...

I'm coming to this very late in the process, but better late than never.

I'm firmly convinced that our physical context is far more complex than scientists with mechanistic approaches could ever imagine. Talbot seems to be able to pull together some disparate bits of information and weave them together in a meaningful way. I must look for the book.