For many years, i collected and made 3D glass holograms. They are, i feel, superior to regular 2D photographs… since they also convey depth (without the need for wearing special glasses), not just the implication of depth. Holograms, though most people (when they see them) really love them, never became very popular. Depth in photography, like real depth in philosophy (i.e., the real “love of truth” pure philosophy), is rarely deeply appreciated by people. (By the way, the 2D surface of a properly made holographic film, when illuminated by a decent light source, projects images that appear as 3 dimensions.) As time went by, i personally made true (full) color holograms; true color holograms are very difficult to make. I would get my blank plates, to make images on, from Yves Gentet, whom Discover Magazine proclaimed to be the best photographer in the world. When making full-color holograms, i had to use multiple lasers and special dichroic glass filters… and everything had to be extremely precise, without any distortion whatsoever. It’s the same thing with true philosophy and the concomitant real understanding of one’s mind (i.e., real self-realization)… there must not be any distortion whatsoever.
When i was quite young, years before ever getting interested in holograms, i partook in one-on-one conversations concerning philosophy with Professor David Bohm, a world-renowned quantum physicist whom Albert Einstein wanted as an assistant. We had many very deep discussions (but never once were holograms mentioned). Then, years later, i was walking through a large mall with my wife, Marla, and saw some holograms displayed. I was hooked! I often visited the Museum of Holography in Chicago and was well known by Loren Billings who ran the museum. Loren and i had many great discussions about the holographic nature of the universe (including space and time). My book on philosophy deals a lot with time; it mentions holography in terms of its significance with regard to time and our human position. Now, remarkably enough, scientists — most all of the very best, top scientists (worldwide) — are saying that our manifested universe is quite “holographic” in its very essence. They are saying that the periphery of (not only black holes) but also of the entire universe behaves much like a holographic film… and that we are projections of what is contained on the surface of that film. They are saying that there is an exact copy of what we are, were, and will be, at that peripheral region. So, is that “surface” film more real than we are, or are we what is more real? They say: take your pick; both are legitimate. It may be that the past, present, and future are intrinsically enfolded into one another and are not at all separate. Years after collecting and making holograms, i found out who the scientist was who was instrumental in the initial development of this holographic universe discovery; it was (coincidentally) Professor David Bohm.
Interestingly enough, when one breaks a hologram (of a rose, for example) in half and illuminates it with another laser, each half will have an image (though not quite as clear) of the entire rose. Subsequently, break each of those halves in half… and each will have an image of the entire rose. The wise man, who transcends the fragmentary, superficial, illusory symbols of man, may deeply connect with (and perceive) much of the whole, whereas those who exist superficially see little of reality; they are looking at the broken borders and boundaries; the wise mind is perceiving the whole (beyond the breakage). (It’s a shame that so many write and blog about truth while, all along, they have not really seen much of anything… though they “think” they have.) Regarding holograms, the parallax nature that they inherently have is very incredible; in other words, for example, you can look at a hologram of an open umbrella being held, and if you bend your head down you can actually see the inside of the umbrella’s top (that you couldn’t see until you bent down as if it were an actual umbrella being held)! When you again stand erect, you see the very top of the outside section of the umbrella as you normally would. With a hologram of a box, for example, you can stand in front and see the side that is facing you; if you move to the left, you can see another side of the box; if you move to the right, you can see yet another side of the box. Of course, the universe is not some kind of giant hologram; it is living, dynamic, and much more than that. However, the holographic model can be useful to explain certain dimensions of it to others. Professor Leonard Susskind and other top scientists helped Stephen Hawking and others see that the holographic model had amazing potential, reality, and legitimacy. The implications of all this are profound, and they affect what man can penetrate into spiritually, philosophically, and actually; but not many people are perceiving this significantly. A few of us were seeing this long before the top physicists came up with their calculations; we were seeing much more than what the calculations could reveal.
The following is a short 2D animation of one of my 3D holograms; it is of a floating “pear” with parallel lines behind it. Of course, the crude 2D animation does not come close to doing justice to the actual beauty and quality of the hologram. This particular hologram is a monotone green on black… but it (the “pear” image part) projects out into the viewing room at a very great and very impressive distance; you can move your hand through and around the pear… and it has very phantom-like attributes. (The pear seems to float out in the space of the viewing room, and the parallel lines go very deep into the wall.) Other holograms are of flowers, animals, and people… and they are very beautiful, some in full, natural color. (Additionally, please watch the YouTube video below.)]
Very nice piece of writing. “It may be that the past, present, and future are intrinsically enfolded into one another and are not at all separate.” This is very reminiscent of T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets. Thank you.
Thank you, Roger! 🙂 I have large excerpts of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets (and a ton of poetry by other famous poets) in my book that i paid dearly for (for copyright permission/usage). Very perceptive of you to see the correlation with Eliot’s work… which there, most definitely, is.
I still have the hologram fixed in my mind. Love it! Please give me details of your book: I am a lazy blogger. As an academic, I am more used to the “four lines maximum with appropriate referencing.” Time is something that interests many of the great poets. Miguel de Unamuno, among other poets of the Spanish Generation of 1898, came up with the concept of intra-historia — history told in terms of the small daily events, mostly unnoticed, that have always been there and will continue after us. Birds for a while at the now empty feeders, the water drawn daily from the well … a different vision of history — no wars, no battles — as your hologram is a different vision.
Ah well, there we go. I just went wild and bought your book on Amazon. I’ll read it and then review it. It’s my Christmas present to myself. I am never disappointed with my Christmas presents!
Yes, holograms have attributes we can all learn from! 🙂
Go to eternalfountainofyouth.com and look at “The Book” section… and the “Excerpt” section. It is also available at Amazon and other online outlets for a better price (and with a downloadable cheaper version, though i would suggest the actual tangible book). It was self-published and has not become popular; i haven’t pursued going to the big name publishers with it. If you read the book, let me know what you think of it, please.
I made the YouTube video, that i suggested people look at, more “usable” by revising my post. Watch it!
I was typing as you were posting that you got it. Let me know what you think of it (when done)! It is strong medicine!
Watch that YouTube video! 🙂
Even as a 2D image on my laptop, your pear appears to be protruding quite a lot from its screen. An interesting look at our holographic universe.
So good you may see a little of what it must be like, Scifi, but if you saw the real hologram it would knock you off your feet. When people see this type in real life, they can’t believe their eyes! 🙂
enjoyed the fruits of your study, Tom!
i hope to come back
in as many
You will, David, you will! 🙂
I love the example of the “rose”. And I enjoy connecting with the “whole” of people… it’s what is fascinating to me when I meet someone and we have depth of conversation. Going deeper into the layers excites and fascinates me. It is rare to find people who are willing to connect on that level… or find people who recognize there is much more to life than surface and superficiality.
Yes, Lori, the rose, as an example, is a perfect choice, i feel. The rose has been used, in the Four Quartets of T.S. Eliot, in E. E. Cummings’ poetry, and in the poetry of other famous poets as a symbol of transformation/transcendence/wholeness. Finding people who perceive that there is much more to life than surface or superficiality is not (at all) easy!
I wonder where thought will be in another 1,000 years or so.
Yes! 🙂 If we, as a species, don’t do better than we are with the environment, especially in regard to terminating fossil fuels and nuclear weapons, it will be evolved ants as the main species in 1,000 years.
Very true. We simply have to do better each and every one of us.
I’m just glad some people are understanding and a few are working on the puzzles…. The theory is complicated to understand. Thanks for the video link. Sometime ago, my husband and I watched the black hole and the theory from PBS.
Yes, Amy, it’s very interesting and a lot of it really isn’t all that complicated. The order of the universe is phenomenal, and we, as human beings, need to reflect that true order in our lives (via truly orderly action psychologically and environmentally.)
Interesting! I still have some of my old Viewmaster reels from when I was a kid — precursor to the hologram? 😉
Yes, Karen, i remember those! … a little bit of a precursor, sure! 🙂
That’s a very interesting text about holograms because it’s the first time I’m thinking about “holograms”.
I’m glad! 🙂
That is very cool and the portion about the two halves of the image still showing a whole is very interesting stuff!
I agree, Mr. Opinionated! 🙂 Holographers have known about this kind of thing for decades; there is a lot of interesting philosophy associated with this among the people who make holograms.
Your pear is amazing. Would love to see the full colour holograms of yours. I had no idea that you can look around, under and on top of holograms.
The YouTube was great, I’m aware of the link between the hologram model and multiverse theory. I’m a complete amertuer but I do enjoy reading about quantum physics. If time stops at the speed of light then a photon can travel from any place on the timeline that we call past and future. So all that has or will be is contained now.
One of my favourite toy questions is… When I look in the mirror is the reflection that I see living the life that I want, and it’s me that’s looking that’s unreal.