Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Holographic Universe

To simplify this concept, I’ll quote from Wikipedia “The Holographic Universe is a book by Michael Coleman Talbot exploring the idea that the universe is a hologram. After examining the work of physicist David Bohm and neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, both of whom independently arrived at holographic theories or models of the universe, the book argues that a holographic model could explain various paranormal and anomalous phenomena, and provide a basis for mystical experience.”

Physicist Alain Aspect performed an experiment in Paris that might have helped to verify this theory when he 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. This particular bit of information intrigued me as someone with PSI skills. Is it possible that they found out what the link is between me and the item I’m reading? Is it the passage of information between electrons? Then, could a home with a residual haunting be bombarded by electrons that carry messages from the original processes of that information, the deceased?

From this website (which gives a good description of the theory) we get this explanation “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 rose. 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 wholes.

I’m always up for a new way to look at the universe, to open my mind, to realize I don’t know absolutes, only theories. I like this concept of the universe because it creates a connectedness to everything else in which each part contains the whole. I’ve always enjoyed the concept that within our body, each cell has memories. Should you donate an organ, you are giving information from your own existence to someone else. I know from holding objects that they can retain a good deal of information and that transference, although not explainable yet by science, is to me proof that we intermingle on levels we never conceived of before. That when a spiritualist says “we are all connected, we are the trees, the sky, and other people,” it could be quite literal.

In one of my much earlier posts, I proposed my concept of the universe as "we are all cells." That, when you fly over your town, you realize you go from being an ant on the ground to an ant in a colony neighborhood to an ant in a city to an ant in country, but day to day you only see yourself and other ants and rarely see that you're a neighborhood per se. That, perhaps the Earth is a cell, as are other planets, but part of something larger. Like cells in a body can't tell they're part of a human, they think their world exists of them and other cells, but cannot see the bigger thing they are a part of. That perhaps our Earth is a cell in something so much larger that we only see other planets as companions but do not see the larger unit we build.

Okay, I'm still on the stimulating-your-brain-at-midweek phase. I promise some lighthearted fluff tomorrow.

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