THERE IS NO “OUT THERE” OUT THERE

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Dr.  Karl  Pribram  has  had  a  long  and  illustrious  career.  Born  in  Austria  in  1919, Pribram is both a neurosurgeon and a neurophysiologist who spent many years trying to find out where memories are stored in the brain. The problem was that in the 1920’s a brain scientist by the name of Karl Lashley had found “no matter what portion of a rat’s brain he removed, he was unable to eradicate  its memory of how to perform complex tasks it had learned prior to surgery.”1 So Pribram set out to solve the  mystery of memory storage that seemed  independent  of brain cells (neurons). But it wasn’t until he met David Bohm, one of the pioneers in quantum physics, that Pribram found his answer. “Bohm helped establish the foundation for Pribram’s theory  that the brain operates in a manner similar to a hologram, in accordance with quantum  mathematical principles and the characteristics of wave patterns.”2 Technically,  “Pribram  believes  memories  are  encoded  not  in  neurons,  or  small  groupings of neurons, but in patterns of nerve impulses that crisscross the entire brain in  the same way that patterns of laser light interference crisscross the entire area of a piece  of  film  containing  a holographic  image.  In  other  words, Pribram believes  the  brain  is  itself a hologram.”3 Memory storage is not the only thing that becomes more understandable in light of Pribram’s theory. “Another  is  how  the  brain  is  able  to  translate  the  avalanche  of  frequencies  it  receives via the senses (light frequencies, sound frequencies, etc.) into the concrete world  of  our  perceptions.  Encoding  and  decoding  frequencies  is  precisely  what  a  hologram  does  best.  Just  as  a  hologram  functions  as  a  sort  of  lens,  a  translating  device  able  to  convert  an apparently meaningless blur of frequencies  into  a coherent image, Pribram  believes  the  brain  also  comprises  a  lens  and  uses  holographic  principles  to  mathematically  convert  the  frequencies  it  receives  through  the  senses  into  the  inner  world of our perceptions.”4 In  short,  Pribram  believes  “our  brains  mathematically  construct  ‘hard’  reality  by  relying on input from a frequency domain.”5 Okay. Let’s translate all of this into simple English. According to Karl Pribram and the  results  of  many  scientific  experiments,  the  human  brain  itself  is  a  hologram.  Its function is to receive holographic wave frequencies and translate them into the physical universe we see “out there.” And now the fun begins…. I want to talk about two specific scientific experiments – out of many – that not only seem to prove Pribram’s theory, but go beyond it to an amazing conclusion. The first began in the 1970’s with a researcher in the physiology department of the University  of  California,  San  Francisco,  Dr.  Benjamin  Libet.  Put  very  simply,  Libet

would experiment with brain surgery patients during their operations. The patients’ brains were exposed and they were fully conscious, having received only local anesthetic. Libet would, for example, stimulate the patients’ little finger on one hand (like a pin prick) and ask the patients to tell him when they felt it. Then he would stimulate the area of the brain associated with that little finger, and ask the patients to tell him when they felt that as well. Before I tell you what he discovered, we need to understand how we feel things, like a pin prick. The stimulus (pin prick) is transmitted from the location on the body where it happened to the brain, and then the brain lets us know about the sensation. Technically,  we don’t actually “feel” things where they happen; we “feel” them in the brain. So it would make  sense that  if you  stimulate  someone’s  little  finger,  it would take time  (fractions of a second) for the nerves to move  that  sensation to the brain where it would be “felt,” since the physical body is limited by space and time and nothing in the physical  universe  (according  to  Einstein)  can  travel  faster  than  the  speed  of  light. Basically, it would take time for a stimulus on the little finger to get to the brain and for the person to then become “aware” of it.

On the other hand, it would also make sense that if you stimulated the brain directly at  the  exact  location  where the little  finger  sends the  sensation  to  be  “felt,” the  person would be “aware” of it immediately. In other words, there would be no time delay since the  brain  already  has  the  information  about  the  stimulus  and  only  needs  to  alert  the person to the sensation. What Libet found, and others after him, was that the exact opposite was true. In fact, you will probably read many times in this book that the information we’re getting from the scientific research in quantum physics is proving that the opposite of a lot of what we have always believed is true. Libet’s  patients  would  tell  him  instantly  (no  time  delay)  when  he  stimulated  their little  finger, and yet  there was a delay when he stimulated  the brain directly.  (Watch a video here.) Libet was flabbergasted. He tried to find an explanation, as did many other scientists; and  the  prevailing  theory  became  that  time  can  travel  backwards.  It’s  called  the  “time reversal  theory,”  or  “subjective  backward  referral,”  or  “antedating.”  However,  after trying to prove this and failing, Libet himself later said “there appeared to be no neural  mechanism that could be viewed as directly  mediating or accounting for the subjective  sensory referrals backward in time.”6 In other words, there is no evidence in the brain for time reversal as the explanation for this phenomenon. For now, just file that information away and let’s talk about another experiment…. This one started in the 1990’s conducted  by Dr. Dean Radin and other colleagues. Dean  Radin  is  a  Senior  Scientist  at  the  Institute  of  Noetic  Sciences,  on  the  Adjunct Faculty at Sonoma State University, and part of the Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. He earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and both a master’s degree  in  electrical  engineering  and  a  doctorate  in  educational  psychology  from  the University  of  Illinois  at  Urbana-Champaign.  He  worked  at  AT&T  Bell  Labs  and  GTE Labs, mainly on human  factors of advanced telecommunications  products and services, and then held appointments at Princeton University, Edinburgh University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, SRI International, Interval Research Corporation, and the Boundary Institute. I  say  all  that  because  Radin’s  research  is  admittedly  not  widely  accepted  by  the mainstream scientific community, which is why you may have never heard of it, although his credentials are beyond question. Here’s why his results are so hard for some scientists to swallow…. Radin would hook a person up to various machines to measure a number of different bodily responses, such as heart rate, EKG, skin conductants, the amount of blood in the fingertip, and respiration. The  person  then  sits  in  front  of  a  computer  screen  with  a  button  in  their  hand. They’re  told  to  press  the  button  whenever  they’re  ready,  and  five  seconds  later  the computer will randomly select a picture and display it on the screen. There are two different types of pictures the computer can choose from. One group of  pictures  will  evoke  an  emotional  response  in  normal  people  –  like  a  picture  of violence,  or war, or rape,  or  ugliness,  or  the  Twin  Towers  coming  down on 9/11. The other group of pictures  are designed to be neutral,  to normally not have any emotional impact when viewed, like a scene of a city street in Anytown. We already know what happens in the body when people see an emotional image – what happens to their heart rate, to their EKG, skin conductants, the amount of blood in the fingertip, and respiration. They “spike.” We also know what happens in the body when people see a neutral (non-emotional) image. They remain “calm.” When  the  person  in  this  experiment  pushes  the  button,  the  computer  has  not  yet chosen which picture to display,  or from which group, and will not make that decision until five seconds later when it immediately puts the picture on the screen. Now here’s the amazing thing: The person’s bodily responses being measured would occur  before the  computer  chose  the  picture  and  displayed  it  on  the  screen.  In  other words,  the  person’s  heart  rate,  EKG,  skin  conductants,  the  amount  of  blood  in  the fingertip,  and  respiration  would  all  spike  prior to  the  picture  coming  up  if  the  picture were an emotional picture, and the bodily responses would all remain calm if the picture about to appear would be neutral. To  repeat,  all  of these  bodily responses  (or  lack  of  bodily responses)  would  occur before the  computer  had  even  chosen  which  picture  to  put  on  the  screen.  The  only conclusion that makes any sense is that the brain knows what picture is coming before the person  is  aware  of  it  –  indeed,  before  the  computer  has  even  chosen  which  picture  to display – and the body is responding accordingly!7 (Watch a video here.) * * The  very  latest  evidence  (July,  2010)  comes  from  a  BBC  documentary  called Neuroscience and Free Will. Here’s the setup…. The subject lies in a CT scanner holding a button in each hand. All the subject has to do is decide to press the button in his left hand or the button in his right hand, and then press the appropriate button immediately while the CT scanner records his brain activity. The result is that the brain clearly shows up to  6 seconds in advance which button the  person  will  press  –  left  or  right.  This  is  6  seconds  before the  subject  consciously decides which button he will press. The brain activity is so clear and 100% consistent that the  technician  watching  the  scanner  could  easily  predict  with  absolute  certainty  which button the subject would press before the subject makes his own conscious decision. You really need to watch the video to believe it! This  gives  further  proof  of  the  Radin  experiments  and  verifies  what  Dr.  Andrew Newberg says…. “There have been other studies that have shown that when people are beginning to  move a hand, or beginning to say something, there is actually  activity in certain nerve  cells of the brain even  before they become consciously aware of what they’re trying to  do.”8 * * What does all this mean? Before I answer that question, I have to introduce one last scientific concept called “Occam’s  Razor,”9 a  principle  that’s  been  hanging  around  for  almost  seven-hundred years. It is often paraphrased as, “All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best,”  although  that’s  technically  not  the  correct  interpretation  of  Occam’s  Razor.  It  is also  called  the  “scientific  principle  of parsimony,”  which  is  a “preference  for  the  least complex  explanation  for  an  observation.”10 The  general  rule  is  that  the  best  answer requires the least number of assumptions and postulates the fewest entities. There  have  been  many  different  attempts  to  explain  the  results  of  these  brain experiments,  by  as  many  different  scientists.  But  the  simplest  and  most  logical explanation  – the  one  that  seems  to  satisfy  Occam’s  Razor  the  best  –  is that  the  brain knows what is going to happen before it happens “out there” in the physical universe. The sequence, apparently,  is that the brain receives holographic  wave information, and then sends  it  “out  there,”  creating  a  physical  universe  for  the  person  to  perceive  and experience. For example, in the Libet experiments, the brain “knew” the little finger was going to be stimulated  before the actual  stimulation  took place, and therefore  there was no time delay  for  the  person  to  become  aware  of  it.  However,  when  the  brain  was  stimulated directly – as if a new hologram was being downloaded to it – it took time for the brain to send the sensation out to the little finger and bring it back to the brain to be perceived. In Radin’s experiments, the only thing that makes sense is that the brain knew what picture  would appear  because  it  was creating  the  reality  that  was  about  to  happen,  not simply responding to a reality after it happened. Let  me  repeat  that,  because  it  is  so  critical  to  understanding  how  the  Holographic Universe works….  the  brain knew what  picture  would appear because it  was creating  the reality that was about to happen, not simply responding to a reality after it happened. So let’s put this together with Pribram’s holographic brain model…. Pribram  says  the  human  brain  is  itself  a  hologram,  and  it  will  “mathematically construct ‘hard’ reality by relying on input from a frequency domain.” Remember  The  Field?  The  Field  is  Pribram’s  “frequency  domain”  –  an  infinite number of possibilities existing as waves of frequencies. So Pribram is saying  the brain receives wave frequencies from The Field, which it then translates into “’hard’ reality” – what we normally call the physical universe. In fact, all these experiments suggest your brain receives a hologram in wave frequencies from

The Field, collapses the wave function and converts them into particles to create physical “reality,” and then sends that “reality” “out there” for you to experience. This  is  confirmed  by  the  CT  scan  experiments  in  the  BBC  documentary, Neuroscience and Free Will. In fact, if you watch the  video, you can even see the exact area  of  the  brain  where  it  is  converting  the  downloaded  wave  frequencies  into  the hologram that six seconds later will be projected “out there” for you to become aware of and experience. It  means,  first  of  all,  the  human  brain  is  the  “observer”  that  “collapses  the  wave function”  that  I  talked  about  in  Chapter  Five,  since  quantum  physics  says  it  is  the “observer” that changes an electron from a wave into a particle. Put more simply, it’s the brain that takes those wavy 3-D pictures…. …and converts them into something we can see. (actually hidden in the 3-D picture above, from MagicEye.com) It also means our senses – seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, etc. – are not really  sensing  some  independent  “reality”  “out  there,”  but  in  fact  are  projecting  that reality so it appears to be “out there.” In addition to being “receivers,” then, our eyes are “projectors,”  since  your  brain  knows  what  you  are  about  to  experience  before  you perceive it with your senses. Apparently, once our brain converts the wave frequencies from The Field, it projects them “out there” and makes it appear we are surrounded by a “total immersion movie.” Then, and only then, our senses “read” what has been projected “out there” and bring that information back to the brain. “David Bohm had suggested that were we to view the cosmos without the lenses that  outfit our telescopes, the universe would appear to us as a hologram. Pribram extended  this insight by noting that were we deprived of the lenses of our eyes and the lens-like  processes  of  our  other  sensory  receptors,  we  would  be  immersed  in  holographic  experiences.”11 I don’t think anyone knows exactly how this works right now, but I feel confident as the research in quantum physics continues, someone will discover the process. Meanwhile, we have been given a big clue – one of those “hints” I talked about in the last chapter – in the form of the modern computer…. Most  computers  currently  use  what  is  called  “binary  code,”  which  is  made  up  of nothing but zero’s and one’s.12 If you look at the zero’s and one’s themselves, they look random and chaotic, like the 3-D pictures. But inside every computer is a CPU – a Central Processing Unit – that acts as the “brain” of the computer. This CPU receives the binary code in sequences of zero’s and one’s, translates that binary code, and projects the results onto a computer screen where we can see it in a form that makes sense to us. A computer also has its own sensory perceptions, which include things like a mouse, a touch screen, a microphone, a video camera, etc. When we interact with the computer through one of its senses – like clicking the mouse – that message gets sent back to the CPU for further processing. Therefore, in the same way a computer’s CPU receives its binary code, translates it, projects the results onto a screen, and then processes the inputs that come back through the  mouse  and  other  sensory  perceptions,  our  human  brain  receives  wave  frequencies from The Field, translates them into particles by collapsing the wave function, projects the  results  “out  there,”  and  then  processes  the  inputs  that  come  back  through  our  own sensory perceptions. I invite you to try an experiment yourself. Go outside, or just look around wherever you are, and imagine for a moment you are not looking at some independent or objective reality “out there,” but you are projecting that reality “out there” much in the same way a projector puts a movie onto the theater screen. “If the holographic brain model is taken to its logical conclusions, it opens the door  on the possibility that objective reality – the world of coffee cups, mountain vistas, elm  trees, and table lamps – might not even exist…. Is it possible that what is ‘out there’ is  really  a  vast,  resonating  symphony  of  wave  forms,  a  ‘frequency  domain’  that  is  transformed into the world as we know it only after it enters our brain?”13 David  Bohm  said  “the  tangible  reality  of  our  everyday  lives  is  really  a  kind  of  illusion,  like a holographic image. Underlying  it is a deeper order of existence,  a vast

and more primary level of reality that gives birth to all the objects and appearances of  our physical world in much the same way that a piece of holographic film gives birth to a  hologram.”14 “If the concreteness of the world is but a secondary reality, and what is ‘out there’ is  actually a holographic blur of frequencies, and if the brain is also a hologram and only  processes some of the frequencies out of this blur, what becomes of objective reality? Put  quite  simply,  it  ceases  to  exist.  Although  we  may  think  we  are  physical  beings  moving  through a physical world, this is an illusion. We are really ‘receivers’ floating through a  kaleidoscopic sea of frequency.”15 In other words, as Fred Alan Wolf and Lynne McTaggert both say, “there is no ‘out  there’  out there,  independent  of what  is going on ‘in here.’”16 (Watch  a video  of them from What the Bleep!? – Down the Rabbit Hole by clicking here.) “What  is  ‘out  there,’”  says  Michael  Talbot,  “is  a  vast  ocean  of  waves  and  frequencies, and reality looks concrete to us only because our brains are able to take this  holographic blur and convert it into the sticks and stones and other familiar objects that  make up our world.”17 “What is real? How do you define ‘real?’ If you’re talking about what you can feel,  what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals  interpreted by your brain.” – Morpheus, from The Matrix * * Time to sum all of this up in a nice neat little paragraph… What  we have always  thought of as our life,  our reality,  is not real – according to quantum  physics  –  but  actually  a  holographic  3D  movie  we  have  been  immersed  in, whose wave frequencies have been downloaded from The Field to our brain, where they are translated into particles located in space and time and projected “out there” for us to perceive through our senses. What this means is that there is no independent, objective reality “out there,” but a wholly subjective reality created totally dependent on what’s “in here.” In short, there is no “out there” out there. “There is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it – from snowflakes  to  maple  trees  to  falling  stars  and  spinning  electrons  –  are  only  ghostly  images,  projections from a level of reality so beyond our own that it is literally beyond both space  and time.”18 Even Einstein is reported to have said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very  persistent one.” “This is the only radical  thinking  that you need to do. But it is so radical, it is so  difficult, because our tendency is that the world is already ‘out there,’ independent of my  experience. It is not. Quantum Physics has been so clear about it.”19 * * MOVIE SUGGESTION: The Thirteenth Floor, starring Craig Bierko (1999)

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