Michael Talbot is an Australian writer, whose books originally were only science fiction, combining quantum physics and spirituality. However, it appears that many scientists today share his theory and do not consider it science fiction. This new theory of reality says that the physical universe is nothing more than a hologram, ie an illusion, a projection of a certain initial level of the world.
The creators of the original theory were David Bohm, one of the pioneers of quantum physics and a friend of Einstein, and Karl H. Pribram, the world’s leading specialist in neuroscience at Stanford University.
Oddly, the scientists of two completely different fields have come to the same conclusions in the course of their research, and more precisely, after the disappointment of the traditional scientific theories that could not give an explanation of many physical phenomena of our world.
To understand what a hologram is, remember the movie Star Wars when the robot with a laser creates a three-dimensional image in space that seems completely real. Perhaps, our whole world is such a hologram that is projected from such a deep level of reality in which there are no concepts like time and space? David Bohm and Karl Pribram give a positive answer to this question.
What led the scientists to this conclusion?
Bohm became a proponent of the holographic theory after the discovery of the laws of quantum mechanics, which are contrary to all the fundamental tenets of physics. The world of quantum phenomena with its properties is almost opposite to the level of the physical matter!
Karl Pribram came to the concept of the hologram after the disappointment in the traditional neurophysiology concept, which could not explain a lot of contradictions and mysteries in the work of the brain.
According to both scientists, the holographic universe theory could possibly explain many of the mysteries and metaphysical phenomena.
Other scientists who support this theory
In recent decades, many scientists undertook research in this area and some of them agree that there is some basis for the holographic theory.
For example, in 1980, the phenomenon of clinical death was given an explanation. In terms of the new theory of reality, clinical death is the moving of consciousness from one level of reality to another. The author of this theory is Kenneth Ring, the president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies.
In 1985, the famous professor of psychiatry Stanislav Grof in his book said that the current theories of neuroscience are not consistent, while the new holographic theory could possibly explain many of the phenomena associated with the so-called altered states of consciousness.
In 1987, physicist Fred Alan Wolf in his book “The Dreaming Universe: A Mind-Expanding Journey Into the Realm Where Psyche and Physics Meet” explained the phenomenon of astral projection and the essence of dreams. According to him, dreams are the transference of consciousness to the parallel levels of reality.
Is our reality a hologram or not?
Of course, the holographic theory is still unproven and not accepted by most scientists. It is widely criticized and associated with pseudoscience.
Further research and evidence are needed to find out whether the holographic model has some substance. And of course, it is understandable why the scientific community does not take it seriously. Frankly speaking, the notion that our world might be nothing more than an illusion is both terrifying and disappointing.
Will we ever be able to unlock the secrets of the nature of reality? Maybe some things are just beyond our perception, just like the concept of infinity, for example. The only thing is certain – questions such as what the nature of reality is will puzzle our minds for a long time.
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