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Introduction 3

only after years of dissatisfaction with standard theories' inability to At the 1987 annual meeting of the Association for the Study of 

explain all of the phenomena encountered in quantum physics. Pri- Dreams held in Washington, D.C., physicist Fred Alan Wolf delivered 

bram became convinced because of the failure of standard theories of a talk in which he asserted that the holographic model explains lucid 

the brain to explain various neurophysiological puzzles.
dreams (unusually vivid dreams in which the dreamer realizes he or 

However, after arriving at their views, Bohm and Pribram quickly she is awake). Wolf believes such dreams are actually visits to parallel 

realized the holographic model explained a number of other mysteries realities, and the holographic model will ultimately allow us to develop 

as well, includingthe apparent inability of any theory, no matter how a "physics of consciousness" which will enable us to begin to explore 

comprehensive, ever to account for all the phenomena encountered in more fully these other-dimensional levels of existence.

nature; the ability of individuals with hearing in only one ear to deter- In his 1987 book entitled Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter 

mine the direction from which a sound originates; and our ability to and Mind, Dr. F. David Peat, a physicist at Queen's University in 

recognize the face of someone we have not seen for many years even
Canada, asserted that synchronicities (coincidences that are so 

if that person has changed considerably in the interim.
unusual and so psychologically meaningful they don't seem to be the 

result of chance alone) can be explained by the holographic model. 
But the most staggering thing about the holographic model was 
Peat believes such coincidences are actually "flaws in the fabric of 
that it suddenly made sense of a wide range of phenomena so elusive 
reality." They reveal that our thought processes are much more inti- 
they generally have been categorized outside the province of scientific 
mately connected to the physical world than has been hitherto sus- 
understanding. These include telepathy, precognition, mystical feel- 
ings of oneness with the universe, and even psychokinesis, or the 

ability of the mind to move physical objects without anyone touch-

ing them.
These are only a few of the thought-provokingideas that will be 

Indeed, it quickly became apparent to the ever growing number of
explored in this book. Many of these ideas are extremely controversial. 

scientists who came to embrace the holographic model that it helped Indeed, the holographic model itself is highly controversial and is by 

explain virtually all paranormal and mystical experiences, and in the no means accepted by a majority of scientists. Nonetheless, and as we 

last half-dozen years or so it has continued to galvanize researchers shall see, many important and impressive thinkers do support it and 

and shed light on an increasing number of previously inexplicable believe it may be the most accurate picture of reality we have to date.

phenomena. For example:
The holographic model has also received some dramatic experimen- 

tal support. In the field of neurophysiology numerous studies have 

corroborated Pribram's various predictions about the holographic na- 
In 1980 University of Connecticut psychologist Dr. Kenneth Ring 

proposed that near-death experiences could be explained by the holo- ture of memory and perception. Similarly, in 1982 a landmark experi- 

graphic model. Ring, who is president of the International Association ment performed by a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect at 

for Near-Death Studies, believes such experiences, as well as death the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Optics, in Paris, demonstrated 

itself, are really nothing more than the shifting of a person's con- that the web of subatomic particles that compose our physicaluni- 
sciousness from one level of the hologram of reality to another.
verse—the very fabric of reality itself—possesses what appears to be 

In 1985 Dr. Stanislav Grof, chief of psychiatric research at the Mary- an undeniable "holographic" property. These findings will also be 

land Psychiatric Research Center and an assistant professor ofpsychi- discussed in the book.

atry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, published a In addition to the experimental evidence, several other things add 

book in which he concluded that existing neurophysiological models of weight to the holographic hypothesis. Perhaps the most important 

the brain are inadequate and only a holographic model can explain considerations are the character and achievements of the two men who 

such things as archetypal experiences, encounters with the collective
originated the idea. Early in their careers, and before the holographic 

unconscious, and other unusual phenomena experienced during al- model was even a glimmer in their thoughts, each amassed accom- 
tered states of consciousness.
plishments that would inspire most researchers to spend the rest of

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