The “Holographic” Universe: The Full Series
It might be useful to put the complete 5 part “workshop” series called “The Holographic Universe”, which I mentioned in an earlier comment, in one convenient location which I will do here.
Bear in mind that the comparison of ourselves and our reality with a hologramme is a metaphor, albeit a more appropriate metaphor than the “Clockwork Universe”, or the current fashion of comparing the universe to a computer simulation. In a sense, Holographic Universe, Clockwork Universe, or the Computer Universe are techno-rational mythologies — summary symbolic forms, appropriate to a techno-rational mentality, that serve to facilitate comprehension. Metaphors are always only translations. It’s the very meaning of the word “meta-phor”. A metaphor (to carry across) is a “bridging” concept or symbol. Nonetheless, the holographic metaphor is a great improvement over the Clockwork metaphor.
Because it is a metaphor that the narrator here, Stephen Davis, tends to take far too literally at times, it also tends to result in distortions or part-truths. I don’t concur with everything Mr. Davis says, but what I perceive to be his errors or half-truths are not greatly damaging, although they do hinder broader understanding.
The series is lengthy. Each part is almost two hours in length. It’s perhaps not surprising given it is an ambitious attempt to integrate research and discoveries from physics, biology, neurology, psychology, philosophy, even theology, etc into a unified paradigm or integral model whose totem emblem is the hologramme.
As also mentioned in an earlier comment, if you are familiar with the Seth books, with William Blake, Jean Gebser, or with the writings of Carlos Castaneda (and even Nietzsche), certain ideas and discoveries expressed here will resonate deeply. In regards to Nietzsche, not only did he not believe in the solidity of matter, the meaning of his discourse on the higher self (in the chapter from Thus Spake Zarathustra entitled “The Despisers of the Body“) will become recognisable in the course of the series, and will, if properly appreciated, provide greater insight into his broader philosophical concerns and interests than the all-too-typical interpretations.
It may also be helpful, while watching the series, to review at some point my earlier reposting of Castaneda’s final statement regarding his own experiences as described in the 30th Anniversary Commentary to his Teachings of Don Juan. Familiarity with all of Castaneda’s writings, however, would be quite beneficial in extracting the richer significance of “The Holographic Universe”.
Here are the workshops, Parts 1 to 5, in proper succession. I look forward to your own insights and comments,