Michael Talbot talks to Psychologist Jeffery Mishlove about 6 months prior to Michael’s death in 1992. He gives a brief overview of the concept of the ‘Holographic Universe’, the idea that at a fundamental level the universe and all it contains is holographic in nature, all parts having within them a representation of the whole. This touches briefly on aspects of quantum physics which support such a model. Michael shines a light on the kind of phenomena that the Newtonian paradigm is unable to explain, such as synchronicities, psychic experiences, UFOs, poltergeists, spiritual experiences, and states of higher consciousness.

Essential viewing if you’re planning on getting stuck into The Holographic Universe
For those who’d prefer to listen than watch, here’s a similar interview.

Hologram Performance Is Shut Down by Police
The Chicago rapper made a virtual appearance at a music festival outside of Chicago, but the authorities shut it down.
By Joe Coscarelli

Joe Coscarelli:

A performance by the Chicago rapper Chief Keef — or rather, his likeness, beamed live via hologram from California — was shut down by the police on Saturday night in Hammond, Ind., after warnings from the mayor’s office that the performer could not appear, even digitally, promoters said on Sunday.

The surprise appearance of Chief Keef at Craze Fest, a hip-hop festival in Hammond, about 25 miles outside of Chicago, was scheduled after a series of canceled hologram performances by the rapper, born Keith Cozart. Last weekend, a Chicago theater called off a similar show after representatives for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office deemed Chief Keef “an unacceptable role model,” whose music “promotes violence” and whose presence via hologram “posed a significant public safety risk.”

Not an Onion article. Disturbing the peace via hologram. The future is now.

Why Holography?

All the available optical recording media such as film or CCD are only capable of recording the intensity of the light. The intensity being a time-averaged quantity does not carry any phase information. Rather it is proportional to the power of the optical wave incident on the recording medium from which only the amplitude can be obtained. A direct recorded image of an object only has information about the amplitude of the light wave received from the object and the phase information is lost. In most practical applications of optics, it is the phase information that is of interest. The phase of a traveling wave with wavelength \( \lambda \) is proportional to the distance traveled by the wave. As shown in Fig. 1, two identical waves originated from the same point, traveling in two different directions, and observed at the distance \( x \) have two different amplitudes. If multiple observations of the amplitude of the two waves at point \( x \) are made over a long period of time as the waves travel and then these vales are averaged, the resulting amplitude values for both points on the observation line would be the same. That is the reason why the phase information is lost in the intensity measurements.

                                                     Fig. 1

Holography is a method of recording optical interference of light from an object with a reference light to be able to reconstruct the image of the recorded object. Until the invention of coherent light sources such as laser, holography was not entirely feasible and practical because in order to be able to form well-defined and measurable fringe patterns by the means of interference, the wavelength of the light source needs to be stable and coherent.

Assuming two waves \( a(x,y) \) and \( A(x,y) \) represented by their phasor, their interference is given by Eq. 1 and the intensity of their interference is given by Eq. 2 which is the magnitude squared of the amplitude interference function.

Eq. 1:

\[ B(x,y) = |a(x,y)| \, e^{i\phi(x,y)} + |A(x,y)| \, e^{i \psi(x,y)} \]

 Eq. 2:

\[ I(B) = |a|^2 + |A|^2 + 2 |a(x,y)| |A(x,y)| cos[\phi(x,y) - \psi(x,y)] \] 

The interference allows the phase difference of the waves to be preserved. If the phase of one of the interfered waves is known, the phase of the other wave can be found. In holography, the behavior of one of the two waves is known (the reference wave) and the other is the scattered wave from a subject whose bahavior will be measured.

Pribram realised that if the holographic brain model was taken to its logical conclusions, it opened the door on the possibility that objective reality—the world of coffee cups, mountain vistas, elm trees, and table lamps—might not even exist, or at least not in the way we believe it exists. Was it possible, he wondered, that what the mystics had been saying for centuries was true, reality was maya, an illusion, and what was really out there was really a vast, resonating symphony of wave forms, a “frequency domain” that was transformed into the world as we know it only after it entered our senses?
—  Michael Talbot—The Holographic Universe

Touchable Holography (by ShinodaLab)

“Our mission is to enhance the reality of the holography.”