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Ger

I simply believe that ideas, dreams that I get are simply

ways that my subconcsience rids of certain fears.

This is a much healthier way.

Ger

I simply say that ideas like that, dreams that I get are

things that don't, won't happen to me. They are things that

come out of my subconscience that I probably feared and

is rid of in a healthier way.

Ger

I simply say that dreams or ideas that I get are things

that don't, won't happen. It's a fear or whatever that

eraces from my mind, my subconcsience through a dream etc.

Healthier this way.

Ger

I simply say that dreams or ideas that I get are things

that don't, won't happen. It's a fear or whatever that

eraces from my mind, my subconcsience through a dream etc.

Healthier this way.

Alex

You should check out the movie The Nines. Similar concept. www.lookforthenines.com

Thomas

"The Holographic Universe"
By Michael Talbot
Reviewed by Michael Kisor

The Holographic Universe is a "must read" for anyone with an open, inquiring mind and a curiosity about the cosmos in which we reside. You are likely to find the material presented here to be nothing short of astounding. The ramifications for humanity are staggering as this book seriously challenges the basis for our cultural view of reality: materialism. After reading The Holographic Universe, you will understand why so many people are starting to say that a paradigm shift in our science and culture is at hand.

Science's orthodoxy still resists abandoning materialism, but the scientific handwriting has been on the wall ever since 1905 when Einstein delivered his papers on Special Relativity and The Photovoltaic Effect. Subsequent research in Quantum Mechanics (sub-atomic physics) continues to usher us away from materialism and toward something far more interesting. History has shown us that radically new advances in worldviews almost never occur with the blessing of the Old Guard; it invariably takes fresh new minds to accept change of such magnitude. So it is with our society. As we move into the next millennium, concepts similar to those presented by Talbot will become mainstream and commonplace. As a result, our society will also be transformed.

The concepts presented in this book are a cornerstone of Quanta-Gaia -- the quest to better understand the cosmos and our role in it. After reading this book, you will either dismiss it as fantasy, like so many dismissed Einstein's papers in 1905, or you will be impressed by the magnitude of change which is at hand.
Other comments on The Holographic Universe:
Lyall Watson, author of Supernature writes: "For a while now, science has been converging with common sense, catching up at last with experience, confirming a widespread suspicion that things are far more connected than traditional physics ever allowed. The Holographic Universe is an elegant affirmation of this process, a lifeline that helps to bridge the artificial gap that has opened up between mind and matter, between us and the rest of the cosmos."

Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Space, Time & Medicine writes: 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 physicist 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 not 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.

"We desperately need new models of reality to fire the imagination of what is possible and to give us new visions of our place in the cosmos. Michael Talbot's The Holographic Universe does this. It is a wake-up call to wonder, an adventure in ideas. If you need to maintain your idea that science has proved that 'It's all mechanical,' that there is no room in the universe for consciousness, soul, and spirit, don't read this book."

Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., author of Taking the Quantum Leap writes: "The concept of the universe as a giant hologram containing both matter and consciousness as a single field will, I am sure, excite anyone who has asked the question, 'What is reality?' This book may answer that question once and for all."
Author's Introduction to The Holographic Universe:
In the movie Star Wars, Luke Skywalker's adventure begins when a beam of light shoots out of the robot Artoo Detoo and projects a miniature three-dimensional image of Princess Leia. Luke watches spellbound as the ghostly sculpture of light begs for someone named Obi-wan Kenobi to come to her assistance. The image is a hologram, a three-dimensional picture made with the aid of a laser, and the technological magic required to make such images is remarkable. But what is even more astounding is that some scientists are beginning to believe the universe itself is a kind of giant hologram, a splendidly detailed illusion no more or less real than the image of Princess Leia that starts Luke on his quest.

Put another way, there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it -- from snowflakes to maple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons -- are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.

The main architects of this astonishing idea are two of the world's most eminent thinkers: University of London physicist David Bohm, a protege of Einstein's and one of the world's most respected quantum physicists; and Karl Pribram, a neurophysiologist at Stanford University and author of the classic neuropsychological textbook Languages of the Brain. Intriguingly, Bohm and Pribram arrived at their conclusions independently and while working from two very different directions. Bohm became convinced of the universe's holographic nature only after years of dissatisfaction with standard theories' inability to explain all of the phenomena encountered in quantum physics. Pribram became convinced because of the failure of standard theories of the brain to explain various neurophysiological puzzles.

However, after arriving at their views, Bohm and Pribram quickly realized the holographic model explained a number of other mysteries as well, including the apparent inability of any theory, no matter how comprehensive, ever to account for all the phenomena encountered in nature; the ability of individuals with- hearing in only one ear to determine the direction from which a sound originates; and our ability to recognize the face of someone we have not seen for many years even if that person has changed considerably in the interim.

But the most staggering thing about the holographic model was that it suddenly made sense of a wide range of phenomena so elusive they generally have been categorized outside the province of scientific understanding. These include telepathy, precognition, mystical feelings of oneness with the universe, and even psychokinesis, or the ability of the mind to move physical objects without anyone touching them.

Indeed, it quickly became apparent to the ever growing number of scientists who came to embrace the holographic model that it helped explain virtually all paranormal and mystical experiences, and in the last half-dozen years or so it has continued to galvanize researchers and shed light on an increasing number of previously inexplicable phenomena. For example:

# In 1980 University of Connecticut psychologist Dr. Kenneth Ring proposed that near-death experiences could be explained by the holographic model. Ring, who is president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, believes such experiences, as well as death itself, are really nothing more than the shifting of a person's consciousness from one level of the hologram of reality to another.
# In 1985 Dr. Stanislav Grof, chief of psychiatric research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, published a book in which he concluded that existing neurophysiological models of the brain are inadequate and only a holographic model can explain such things as archetypal experiences, encounters with the collective unconscious, and other unusual phenomena experienced during altered states of consciousness.
# At the 1987 annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Dreams held in Washington, D.C., physicist Fred Alan Wolf delivered a talk in which he asserted that the holographic model explains lucid dreams (unusually vivid dreams in which the dreamer realizes he or she is awake). Wolf believes such dreams are actually visits to parallel realities, and the holographic model will ultimately allow us to develop a "physics of consciousness" which will enable us to begin to explore more fully these other-dimensional levels of existence.
# In his 1987 book entitled Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind, Dr. F. David Peat, a physicist at Queen's University in Canada, asserted that synchronicities (coincidences that are so unusual and so psychologically meaningful they don't seem to be the result of chance alone) can be explained by the holographic model. Peat believes such coincidences are actually "flaws in the fabric of reality." They reveal that our thought processes are much more intimately connected to the physical world than has been hitherto suspected.

These are only a few of the thought-provoking ideas that will be explored in this book. Many of these ideas are extremely controversial. Indeed, the holographic model itself is highly controversial and is by no means accepted by a majority of scientists. Nonetheless, and as we shall see, many important and impressive thinkers do support it and believe it may be the most accurate picture of reality we have to date.

The holographic model has also received some dramatic experimental support. In the field of neurophysiology numerous studies have corroborated Pribram's various predictions about the holographic nature of memory and perception. Similarly, in 1982 a landmark experiment performed by a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Optics, in Paris, demonstrated that the web of subatomic particles that compose our physical universe -- the very fabric of reality itself -- possesses what appears to be an undeniable "holographic" property. These findings will also be discussed in the book.

In addition to the experimental evidence, several other things add weight to the holographic hypothesis. Perhaps the most important considerations are the character and achievements of the two men who originated the idea. Early in their careers, and before the holographic model was even a glimmer in their thoughts, each amassed accomplishments that would inspire most researchers to spend the rest of their academic lives resting on their laurels. In the 1940s Pribram did pioneering work on the limbic system, a region of the brain involved in emotions and behavior. Bohm's work in plasma physics in the 1950s is also considered landmark.

But even more significantly, each has distinguished himself in another way. It is a way even the most accomplished men and women can seldom call their own, for it is measured not by mere intelligence or even talent. It is measured by courage, the tremendous resolve it takes to stand up for one's convictions even in the face of overwhelming opposition. While he was a graduate student, Bohm did doctoral work with Robert Oppenheimer. Later, in 1951, when Oppenheimer came under the perilous scrutiny of Senator Joseph McCarthy's Committee on Un-American Activities, Bohm was called to testify against him and refused. As a result he lost his job at Princeton and never again taught in the Umted States, moving first to Brazil and then to London.

Early in his career Pribram faced a similar test of mettle. In 1935 a Portuguese neurologist named Egas Moniz devised what he believed was the perfect treatment for mental illness. He discovered that by boring into an individual's skull with a surgical pick and severing the prefrontal cortex from the rest of the brain he could make the most troublesome patients docile. He called the procedure a prefrontal lobotomy, and by the 1940s it had become such a popular medical technique that Moniz was awarded the Nobel Prize. In the 1950s the procedure's popularity continued and it became a tool, like the McCarthy hearings, to stamp out cultural undesirables. So accepted was its use for this purpose that the surgeon Walter Freeman, the most outspoken advocate for the procedure in the United States, wrote unashamedly that lobotomies "made good American citizens" out of society's misfits, "schizophrenics, homosexuals, and radicals."

During this time Pribram came on the medical scene. However unlike many of his peers, Pribram felt it was wrong to tamper so recklessly with the brain of another. So deep were his convictions that while working as a young neurosurgeon in Jacksonville, Florida, he opposed the accepted medical wisdom of the day and refused to allow any lobotomies to be performed in the ward he was overseeing. Later at Yale he maintained his controversial stance, and his then radical views very nearly lost him his job.

Bohm and Pribram's commitment to stand up for what they believe in, regardless of the consequences, is also evident in the holographic model. As we shall see, placing their not inconsiderable reputations behind such a controversial idea is not the easiest path either could have taken. Both their courage and the vision they have demonstrated in the past again add weight to the holographic idea.

One final piece of evidence in favor of the holographic model is the paranormal itself. This is no small point, for in the last several decades a remarkable body of evidence has accrued suggesting that our current understanding of reality, the solid and comforting sticks-and stones picture of the world we all learned about in high-school science class, is wrong. Because these findings cannot be explained by any of our standard scientific models, science has in the main ignored them. However, the volume of evidence has reached the point where this is no longer a tenable situation.

To give just one example, in 1987, physicist Robert G. Jahn and clinical psychologist Brenda J. Dunne, both at Princeton University, announced that after a decade of rigorous experimentation by their Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory, they had accumulated unequivocal evidence that the mind can psychically interact with physical reality. More specifically, Jahn and Dunne found that through mental concentration alone, human beings are able to affect the way certain kinds of machines operate. This is an astounding finding and one that cannot be accounted for in terms of our standard picture of reality.

It can be explained by the holographic view, however. Conversely, because paranormal events cannot be accounted for by our current scientific understandings, they cry out for a new way of looking at the universe, a new scientific paradigm. In addition to showing how the holographic model can account for the paranormal, the book will also examine how mounting evidence in favor of the paranormal in turn actually seems to necessitate the existence of such a model.

The fact that the paranormal cannot be explained by our current scientific worldview is only one of the reasons it remains so controversial. Another is that psychic functioning is often very difficult to pin down in the lab, and this has caused many scientists to conclude it therefore does not exist. This apparent elusiveness will also be discussed in the book.

An even more important reason is that contrary to what many of us have come to believe, science is not prejudice-free. I first learned this a number of years ago when I asked a well-known physicist what he thought about a particular parapsychological experiment. The physicist (who had a reputation for being skeptical of the paranormal) looked at me and with great authority said the results revealed "no evidence of any psychic functioning whatsoever." I had not yet seen the results, but because I respected the physicist's intelligence and reputation, I accepted his judgment without question. Later when I examined the results for myself, I was stunned to discover the experiment had produced very striking evidence of psychic ability. I realized then that even well-known scientists can possess biases and blind spots.

Unfortunately this is a situation that occurs often in the investigation of the paranormal. In a recent article inAmerican Psychologist, Yale psychologist Irvin L. Child examined how a well-known series of ESP dream experiments conducted at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, had been treated by the scientific establishment. Despite the dramatic evidence supportive of ESP uncovered by the experimenters, Child found their work had been almost completely ignored by the scientific community. Even more distressing, in the handful of scientific publications that had bothered to comment on the experiments, he found the research had been so "severely distorted" its importance was completely obscured.

How is this possible? One reason is science is not always as objective as we would like to believe. We view scientists with a bit of awe, and when they tell us something we are convinced it must be true We forget they are only human and subject to the same religious, philosophical, and cultural prejudices as the rest of us. This is unfortunate for as this book will show, there is a great deal of evidence that the universe encompasses considerably more than our current worldview allows.

But why is science so resistant to the paranormal in particular? This is a more difficult question. In commenting on the resistance he experienced to his own unorthodox views on health, Yale surgeon Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, author of the best-selling book Love, Medicine, and Miracles, asserts that it is because people are addicted to their beliefs. Siegel says this is why when you try to change someone's belief they act like an addict.

There seems to be a good deal of truth to Siegel's observation, which perhaps is why so many of civilization's greatest insights and advances have at first been greeted with such passionate denial. We are addicted to our beliefs and we do act like addicts when someone tries to wrest from us the powerful opium of our dogmas. And since Western science has devoted several centuries to not believing in the paranormal, it is not going to surrender its addiction lightly.

I am lucky. I have always known there was more to the world than is generally accepted. I grew up in a psychic family, and from an early age I experienced firsthand many of the phenomena that will be talked about in this book. Occasionally, and when it is relevant to the topic being discussed, I will relate a few of my own experiences. Although they can only be viewed as anecedotal evidence, for me they have provided the most compelling proof of all that we live in a universe we are only just beginning to fathom, and I include them because of the insight they offer.

Lastly, because the holographic concept is still very much an idea in the making and is a mosaic of many different points of view and pieces of evidence, some have argued that it should not be called a model or theory until these disparate points of view are integrated into a more unified whole. As a result, some researchers refer to the ideas as the holographic paradigm. Others prefer holographic analogy, holographic metaphor, and so on. In this book and for the sake of diversity I have employed all of these expressions, including holographic model and holographic theory, but do not mean to imply that the holographic idea has achieved the status of a model or theory in the strictest sense of these terms.

In this same vein it is important to note that although Bohm and Pribram are the originators of the holographic idea, they do not embrace all of the views and conclusions put forward in this book. Rather, this is a book that looks not only at Bohm and Pribram's theories, but at the ideas and conclusions of numerous researchers who have been influenced by the holographic model and who have interpreted it in their own sometimes controversial ways.

Throughout this book I also discuss various ideas from quantum physics, the branch of physics that studies subatomic particles (electrons, protons, and so on). Because I have written on this subject before, I am aware that some people are intimidated by the term quantum physics and are afraid they will not be able to understand its concepts. My experience has taught me that even those who do not know any mathematics are able to understand the kinds of ideas from physics that are touched upon in this book. You do not even need a background in science. All you need is an open mind if you happen to glance at a page and see a scientific term you do not know. I have kept such terms down to a minimum, and on those occasions when it was necessary to use one, I always explain it before continuing on with the text.

So don't be afraid. Once you have overcome your "fear of the water," I think you'll find swimming among quantum physics' strange and fascinating ideas much easier than you thought. I think you'll also find that pondering a few of these ideas might even change the way you look at the world. In fact, it is my hope that the ideas contained in the following chapters will change the way you look at the world. It is with this humble desire that I offer this book.

Matt M

You should have brought the Datsun 510 out west to San Fran. :^)

Bob

My hologram moment happened in middle school. I dreamed an entire day realistic enough that I did not realize it was a dream until I referred to things that had happened that no one else remembered.

I wrote it off as just an odd dream until three months later when my classmates had entire conversations from that dream, word for word as far as I could remember them.

I never dreamed anything important, but I always have an odd sense about things. I got layed off in june, but instinctively knew it wasn't a problem. I sent out only two resumes, and got offered a job with better hours and better pay, that was twice as close to my house as before.

David Nesting

I've had the invention problem for years also. I'll think up some great idea, and someone will invariably point out that someone just commercialized it.

I think what's happening (at least in my case) is that I really did invent all of these things, and became insanely rich and powerful. At some point in the future, I REALLY pissed someone off (or maybe I became oppressive or controlled too many of the world's resources and pissed a lot of people off), and they set about inventing or procuring time travel technology, went back in time and sold off my inventions some weeks or months before I thought them up. This would no doubt serve to be intensely amusing, knowing that each time I came up with my ideas, I'd discover someone else came up with it just before I did. (I suppose there might be a better reason to time the release of the inventions in this way: to ensure that nothing was invented "too early", with the standard consequences any truly scifi story would enumerate.)

Laura

Actually, Scott, it HAS been measured in a laboratory. The "distance viewing" seems related to your experiences, particularly since time was not a factor in accuracy. Take a look:

http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/

Tony

I have had the same experiences where i dream of things which have not yet happened.

Some time later, the things happen.

The only explanation I am able to come up is

"Life is the projection/protrusion of an entity outside the space time continuum into the space time continuum".

To put into simple words, if you imagine the whole of space and time as you know to be a big circle, then your life is just a thread which cuts across it.

It enters the circle at some point and leaves it at some point.

of course this says that life does not end once you leave the space time, but it is just that you cant see it.

Now if this is so, then you have connection with the outside entity, which can look at events in the past/future and let you know about it.

But all this still does not explain why events just does not happen exactly the way you dream it but is some variation of it. Maybe the uncertainty principle has some role.

TomB

This entry, on you being a hologram programmed by a prior real version of you, is fascinating principally because it is a way of arriving at the "Man Creates God" theory of things. You've basically imagined a prior you who created the current you in his image and who created (fathered, if you will) everyone else and everything else.

And you said that with a straight face. That's impressive.

Rich

I agree with the theory *Perhaps my subconscious makes all my decisions, and creates all of my so-called visions. Then it does its best to make me do the things that would make the visions come true. That seems like a perfectly good theory.*

I've just begun writing fiction and I am constantly amazed at how I'll have ideas flash into my mind like visions or when I free-write. The act of creating is sublime and transcends what society has *programmed* what reality should be.

As to your favorite theory, I wonder what Philip K. Dick would of had to say about it. Maybe it was his ancient self that programmed you!


Jennifer

I would have to second this post:
http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/08/my-life-as-a-ho.html#comment-80596947

I'm a logical person, but I've had weird things happen to me that I can't explain and science can't explain- and sometimes they happened to more than one person besides me at the same time. It wasn't just my lone crazy.

Now, if science can come up with an explanation for it, I'd love to hear it, because I've been looking since grade school. But so far...there doesn't seem to be. Which makes me think...well, tree-hugging hippie crap is more likely to explain it than science. I can't come up with any logical explanation for knowing 4 years in advance at what age my father would become ill (and I am not observant, to the point of not noticing the signs when he did become ill and had to have them pointed out to me), but I did. Said illness wasn't something that would have been easily guessed or predicted via logic either, as it's rare and doesn't run in the family.

I have a sneaking suspicion that you're more "tree-hugging hippie" (or at least, more alternative thinking, really) than you might acknowledge. Just a thought.

Anyway, this is a very cool story to hear!

Gab

HEY...!!! That's my idea already...!!!

schelf

Thanks for 060806 but the 3 weeks with a catheter was a bit much don't you thnik?

schelf

Thanks for 060806 but the 3 weeks with a catheter was a bit much don't you thnik?

Yuriy

So, Scott, when will you be learning holographic AI programming?

Mike Peter Reed

many hear the calling. few make the journey. even less arrive.

Aashish Gupta

I agree with your theory, except that I think everything is a hologram programmed by *my* ancient self, not your's.

Anne

When I was in Europe last summer, I ended up at a bar in Lucerne where the floor was covered with sand. I had never ever been there, but the place was familiar, and I knew exactly where the washrooms were (they were not clearly marked). I dreamt about that bar, years and years before I ever set foot in it.

I'm going to have to start writing my dreams down, because I have a feeling this is where deja vu comes from. I suspect I have lived this life before, or at least am living it in other dimensions too, a little faster or a little slower maybe.

jaime

I partially believe in your theory as I have had similar experiences. Just the other night, I had a dream I was sniping in Iraq next to an abandoned building. My colleague urged me to enter the building and he would take out the two remaining folks a few hundred yards away. I went into the building and waited. Soon after, the two men we were sniping came into the room and motioned me to bend over a metal bedframe as if I were getting arrested - hands on bedframe, legs spread. I thought oh well this is it - execution or you know, other stuff. Then I felt one of the Iraqi men touch my lower spine with his finger and rub in a circular motion. before I even had time to think he stuck me with a large needle right in the middle of my back. I instantly awoke from my dream and I was in a pretty good amount of pain from where the needle "in my dream" pierced me. I am a mother of three and have had three epidurals during childbirth. My only logical theory is that my brain summoned that memory of the needle and the pain and used it as a prop in my dream. Or maybe, like Scott's theory, part of my program malfunctioned. If we were puter programs, wouldn't sleep be the hardest thing to program?

it's me

Sometimes I have premonitions where I know exactly what people are going to say in a conversation. Not just "I know he's going to say 'yes' in response" but I know the whole sentence they are going to say and who's going to speak next, and what they're going to say. Of course this only happens right before I black out and have a petit-mal seizure, so I think my mind is just playing tricks on me. Or, maybe I really do have psychic powers! Yes, that explanation is much more fun!!

it's me

No, this is all just because we're in the beta version of the matrix

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