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Introduction _7

looked at me and with great authority said the results revealed "no ern science has devoted several centuries to not believing in the para- 

evidence of any psychic functioning whatsoever. " I had not yet seen normal, it is not going to surrender its addiction lightly.

the results, but because I respected the physicist's intelligence and I am lucky. I have always known there was more to the world than 

reputation, I accepted his judgment without question. Later when I 
is generally accepted. I grew up in a psychicfamily, and from an early 
examined the results for myself, I was stunned to discover the experi- age I experienced firsthand many of the phenomena that will be talked 

ment had produced very striking evidence of psychic ability. I real- 
about in this book. Occasionally, and when it is relevant to the topic 
ized then that even well-known scientists can possess biases and blind 
being discussed, I will relate a few of my own experiences. Although 
they can only be viewed as anecedotal evidence, for me they have 
Unfortunately this is a situation that occurs often in the investiga- 
provided the most compelling proof of all that we live in a universe we 
tion of the paranormal. In a recent article inAmerican Psychologist, 
are only just beginning to fathom, and I include them because of the 
Yale psychologist Irvin L. Child examinedhow a well-knownseries of 
insight they offer.
ESP dream experiments conducted at the MaimonidesMedical Center 
Lastly, because the holographic concept is still very much an idea 

in Brooklyn, New York, had been treated by the scientific establish- in the making and is a mosaic of many different points of view and 

ment. Despite the dramatic evidence supportive of ESP uncovered by pieces of evidence, some have argued that it should not be called a 

the experimenters, Child found their work had been almost completely model or theory until these disparate points of view are integrated into 

ignored by the scientific community.Even more distressing, in the a more unified whole. As a result, some researchers refer to the ideas 

handful of scientific publications that had bothered to commenton the as the holographic paradigm. Others prefer holographic analogy, 

experiments, he found the research had been so "severely distorted"
holographic metaphor, and so on. In this book and for the sake of 
its importance was completely obscured.
diversity I have employed all of these expressions, including holo- 

How is this possible? One reason is science is not always as objective
graphic model and holographic theory, but do not mean to imply that 

as we would like to believe. We view scientists with a bit of awe, and the holographic idea has achieved the status of a model or theory in 

when they tell us something we are convinced it must be true. We the strictest sense of these terms.

forget they are only human and subject to the same religious, philo- In this same vein it is important to note that although Bohm and 

sophical, and cultural prejudices as the rest of us. This is unfortunate, Pribram are the originators of the holographic idea, they do not em- 

for as this book will show, there is a great deal of evidence that the brace all of the views and conclusions put forward in this book. Rather, 

universe encompasses considerably more than our current worldview 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 

But why is science so resistant to the paranormal in particular? This influenced by the holographic model and who have interpreted it in 

is a more difficult question. In commenting on the resistance he experi- their own sometimes controversial ways.

enced to his own unorthodox views on health, Yale surgeon Dr. Bernie Throughout this book I also discuss various ideas from quantum 

S. Siegel, author of the best-selling book Love, Medicine, and Mira- physics, the branch of physics that studies subatomic particles (elec- 

cles, asserts that it is because people are addicted to their beliefs. trons, protons, and so on). Because I have written on this subject 

Siegel says this is why when you try to change someone's belief they before, I am aware that some people are intimidated by the term 

act like an addict.
quantum, physics and are afraid they will not be able to understand 

There seems to be a good deal of truth to Siegel's observation, which its concepts. My experience has taught me that even those who do not 

perhaps is why so many of civilization's greatest insights and ad- know any mathematics are able to understand the kinds of ideas from 

vances have at first been greeted with such passionate denial. We are 
physics that are touched upon in this book. You do not even need a 
addicted to our beliefs and we do act like addicts when someone tries 
background in science. All you need is an open mind if you happen to 
to wrest from us the powerful opium of our dogmas. And since West-
glance at a page and see a scientific term you do not know. I have kept

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