Applying the Holographic Principle to Determined Creationism in an Abrahmic Universe
“Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves. The universe is not separate from this cosmic sea of energy.” – David Bohm.
There is much that can be said of Rene Descartes’ concept of metaphysical dualism as it applies to existence in any form. It is an idea that permeates throughout the consciousness in a way that simply cannot be explained through any means that humanity has made available as of yet. Even as cosmology attempts to understand the fundamental aspects of creationism and all of its facets, there is only so much that is attempted to be understood, or accepted once discovered. It is in man’s nature, it seems, to dispel with ideas that cannot be properly experienced with the tools currently accessible. This is when mythology and spirituality begin to take hold.
What religious idealism attempts to do is apply basic philosophical principles to gaps that modern technologies cannot explain at any given period. However, religion is just as limited as science in that it attempts to provide answer to questions with a completeness that is not readily available any perceivable manner. If its answers aren’t able to be proven, religion often chalks that up to the mysterious ways of the deity(s) that religion represents. In terms of creation, this topics gets a bit more skewed.
When looking to discover the real cause and effect of creation, I must first accept the correlation between Abrahamic Biblical accounts, as well as their cosmological explanations. Other than chronological order, the only thing these theories have in common is the end result. From there, much of what is believed to be true is a series of theories, and conjecture on the motivational cause. One of the most interesting theories involves determinism.
Determinism is generally a philosophical term that suggests that: Action; including human actions, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will. Determinism also implies that all available actions taken will lead to a specific outcome, based on the events leading up to the action. Some philosophers like Baruch Spinoza, have taken determinism to imply that individual human beings have no free will and cannot be held morally responsible for their actions because of that limited outcome. When you apply determinism to creation, it would suggest that the events that caused the explosion in space and triggered the sequences that kick started the creation of matter and life in our universe led to the inevitable outcome of creation. That outcome is an example of ecological determinism (determinism through nature).
There are two ways to view that determinism: 1) there was a willfulness and intellect behind it that orchestrated things to happen; and 2) that nature itself orchestrated the happenings with no forethought or willfulness to urge it. To Understand these two points better, let’s look a bit deeper into them.
Intelligent/Willful determinism implies that actions are initiated with intent and forethought. That some semblance of willfulness or sentience is behind an action. For example; if an artist makes a decision to create a piece of art, there is generally forethought and planning involved before that creation takes place (preparing the tools needed, purchasing a canvas or paint etc.). The artist also applies logic, reasoning, and creativity into the piece (deciding what they want to create, where each stroke should be placed, other logistical factors). It is this forethought that makes the perfected portrait that will inevitably be seen by the public as a finished product.
Natural determinism suggests that whatever actions take place in nature are unmotivated by forethought, and occur at random, for no discernible reason. For example; in this sample, the piece of artwork that is created involves no prior forethought. Let’s say there just happened to be some paint on table above a canvas. The wind blows as a result of climate changes and knocks the paint off of the table, and colors fall onto the canvas in a perfect order to create the perfectly designed portrait that the public will see.
When viewed from this example, the odds that things would fall so perfectly at random are so high that it is closer to being viewed as impossible than as anything remotely plausible. It is natural for humanity to believe that an artist with forethought created a portrait just because the alternative seems highly unlikely. However, in the quantum world, natural determinism doesn’t seem as far fetched. The quantum world suggests that once you look closer at the random events that caused the portrait to take shape after the paint fell, you might notice little discrepancies and fluctuations in the air, on the canvas itself and in the paint, that may even the odds a bit more.
This is what determinism does to complicate the argument of how the creation and maintenance of our universe happened, and the likelihood of a deity’s involvement. For many, A God would have to have created the universe and keep it protected because the odds of all of this happening at random and without planning or willful reason is too astronomical. It feels as if nature cannot sustain itself and protect itself from outside forces (asteroids, space debris, etc.), without forethought, free will, or intent. The fact that the earth can regenerate itself with ice ages implies that nature can appear to behave with forethought and willfulness when it needs to in order to preserve its existence as if it self aware or at least aware of the danger it is in. This fact does little to settle the debate between willfulness and nature, but it is worth looking into.
Baruch Spinoza’s (Ethics) pantheistic interpretation of determinism is that dynamic nature is the driving force behind creationism. That God exists in the form of nature in action and is the unity of all substance. Spinoza’s God doesn’t act with willfulness; doesn’t exist with sentience, but does behave with determinism in an ecological manner in that it ignites the happenings that occur in nature but without free will or intent. That is to say that Spinoza’s God is comprised of two primary attributes, unintentional thought and extension. To Spinoza’s thinking, the universe is dynamic nature in action, constantly growing and changing. Spinoza’s God isn’t static nature, but nature in action; meaning that if he envisioned God as a human being, it would be man during motion, not man standing idly. With nature existing as always in motion anyway, his theory holds true.
Newton’s God exists by being the primary force that unifies the other forces in nature (gravity). If you combine the attributes of Newton’s God with Spinoza’s God, you get a peak at the larger picture in action. With gravity taking up so much ‘space’ and playing such a large roll in how the universe operates in unified fashion, and combine that with the seemingly determined way that these forces behave in unifying all matter within that universe, you end up with a view of what a pantheistic God is really about. By removing the free will and intent from that view of a pantheistic ‘God’, your overall picture of the universe remains the same. The only thing that is different from the monotheistic view of an Abrahamic God when measured against Spinoza’s pantheistic God is intent or premeditated action, which cannot be proven from these theories alone. Not even the chronological order that is expressed as the same in both biblical and cosmological accounts, solidifies one theory over another. From here, you are left with no definitive understanding of either perspective, so you must logically accept both as equally possible.
As we have seen thus far, neither cosmology, philosophy, physics, nor Abrahamic religious creation theories can provide a definitive explanation of creation. None of these theories abolish the others beyond a shadow of doubt. However, there is one theory that connects them all together in some ways. It seems to fill in the holes that the other theories do not, and it does so in a manner that makes all of the other theories more plausible, but also more believable. That theory that seems to unify them all is the Holographic Principle.
Bohm’s Holographic Universe
The holographic principle basically states that the world we live in a hologram, and that what we currently consider reality is really just a perceived version on reality that might not be a true representation of what is really out there. It is an interesting, yet controversial opinion that is widely rejected by the scientific community. However, the holographic universe does help to fill in the gaps that current theories in cosmology and physics cannot. This fact alone, makes it one worth delving deeper into.
The holographic universe as first presented by theoretical physicist David Bohm suggests that reality as we experience it is only a hologram, and that our ‘reality’ isn’t real at all but is ever in creation mode. This theory is reminiscent of indigenous peoples who believed that our existence is no more than an illusion or dream. How this theory works in science is that our universe is viewed as a consciousness hologram, and our reality is a projected illusion that exists within the hologram. Some believe that what we think of as reality is really just a large virtual experiment that created time in a linear fashion (According to relativity time is a linear measurement and that it only moves forward) so that the collective consciousness hosting the experiment can study human emotions.
The theory suggests that our hologram consists of grids, matrix etc., that is created by a source consciousness that is brought into sentience through electromagnetic energy at a physical level. The hologram uses Sacred Geometry to create the dynamic grids, which implies that some sort of self-aware beings created us and are monitoring us from a distance. This is likely where the concepts of ‘alien’ life forms aiding ancient man with minor technologies gets it steam.
During Bohm’s research into the behavior of how particle behave, he came across a cylinder experiment that helped to shape his ideas on particle behavior later on. At that time, scientists were trying to figure out if particles act as waves or if they acted as mass at shorter distances (when viewed closer) .During this experiment, Bohm saw that if you added a drop of ink to a cylinder filled with water and turned it clockwise, the ink spread out and disappeared; when you switched direction and turned the water counterclockwise, the drop of ink would come back together and appear solid again. This phenomenon gave Bohm his first epiphany in how particles may work.
Research being done at that time had noted physicists like Albert Einstein postulating that particles can only be measured at great distances when they were being observed (from greater distances particles can be viewed which means they have mass), and that when observed at a shorter distance, they seemed to disappear (possibly meaning that they act as waves). From this perspective, Bohm wondered how the particles behaved when unobserved, and if they still behaved that way at varying distances. That’s when the cylinder experiment gave him an idea. What if, after particles became entangled (connected), they stayed connected, and continued to communicate when separated despite the distance between them? What if once particles became entangled, they continue to exist in the same state, at the same moment in time regardless of their distance apart?
Why does this information particle behavior matter when you delve into creation? It’s that particle behavior that started it all. That behavior that may define whether the universe operates at random or with forethought. Once Bohm realized that once electrons were in a plasma, they stopped behaving like individuals and starting behaving as their were a part of an interconnected whole, as if they were alive (a fact that Bohm himself once commented on).
What makes Bohm’s discovery so important is that it implies a predestination at work in nature. It implies an overwhelming sense of order to seemingly random events that occur on a molecular level. It sets the stage for religious ideologies that would eventually dominate the human subconscious eons after creation occurred. Bohm’s work is very influential in that his book Quantum Theory, 1951 presents a clear account of the orthodox Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics, which was created mostly by Neils Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in the 20’s.
In regards to quantum theory, Bohm assumed that elementary particles are actually systems of an extremely complicated internal structure that act as amplifiers of data that is contained within a quantum wave. Because of this amplification, Bohm developed a new theory of what reality really is that he coined ‘implicate order’. Implicate order basically connects everything to everything else in the universe. Bohm used his concept of implicate order to explain bizarre occurrences in nature from the behaviour of subatomic particles, which quantum physicists still cannot explain.
The bizarre behavior I am speaking of is how particles, once they come into contact with one another, remain interconnected throughout time and space as mentioned above. He believed that this sort of connectedness requires a subliminal signal being sent between them, and that this signal travels faster than the speed of light (which would be instantaneous if the particles ‘felt’ rather than ‘sent’ information between one another. Bohm called this type of instantaneous communication between particles the EPR effect, (an abbreviation of Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen; based a thought experiement conducted by them).
This hidden form of communication may reflect a deeper dimension of reality, but it may also suggest that its caused by unobserved subquantum forces and particles, and may be produced by hidden means that do not conflict with how we normally see reality. This is the very nature of the implicate order and offers an explanation of why we are all connected in a way that allows us to view information about every other element on earth and in the cosmos simply by looking at one individual element. The information available in one element, is available in all of them. Religion often implies the same thing, but uses the spirit to explain it.
A Holographic Explanation of Bohm’s Implicate Order
Now that I have explained what Bohm’s implicate order is, I will attempt to explain how holography plays a role in it. Holography is Bohm’s favorite metaphor for describing the basic structure of Implicate Order because holography requires wave interference to work in that if two wavelengths of light are composed of different frequencies, they will cause an interference with one another and create a pattern. Since a hologram is basically just a recording of that pattern capturing everything including the most minute aspect of the light itself in all directions, it acts as information storage for the overall pattern. Cosmically speaking, if you apply that holographic principle to the behaviour of our cosmos, you get a clearer picture of Bohm’s interpretation of the universe acting as a hologram.
For example; we know that the stars as viewed with the naked eye, are basically reflected light that has traveled many light years after the star already died, and that what we actually see is just an echo of a once living thing. Applying that light that we see as a hologram, what we are seeing is information being carried from a distance in waves (electromagnetic and others) of reflected light from the stars that once existed, like a hologram. While those reflections of light traveled a great distance before we could perceive them with our eyes, the fact that they are already dead when we do perceive them suggests that the information contained in the cosmos that finally reaches us is part of a pattern that was created by the stars and space operating at different frequencies and causing interference with one another by the time our eyes are able to perceive it. Of course, the information of the stars was recorded while alive, which is the only reason it makes the journey to our perception at all.
In other words, the stars we see have been carried to us through waves operating at difference frequencies and traveling through space and time before we are able to see the recorded image of them before they died. Without this journey taking place, and without their living images being recorded; we wouldn’t see them at all. The fact that we can see them suggests that when alive, the stars were ‘filmed’ so that we could see them later as their images traveled through space and time to get to us. Using the hogram as an example allows us to see how “information about the entire holographed scene is enfolded into every part of the film.” Implicate order applies here because the film shown is determined by the overall configuration of the interference patterns. So if you take even the smallest chunk of holographic film, you will find that it contains the unfolded form of a three-dimensional object, including a star.,
With science placing humanity and our entire solar system as being composed of ‘star stuff’ (because the big bang is the result of a giant star going supernova), we would essentially carry all of the information of the cosmos within our very molecular structure. So just like the holographic film carries recorded information of a distant star to our perception; so too is it possible that this recorded information is able to carry information of us outward.
Bohm states: “The actual order (the Implicate Order) itself has been recorded in the complex movement of electromagnetic fields, in the form of light waves. Such movement of light waves is present everywhere and in principle enfolds the entire universe of space and time in each region. This enfoldment and unfoldment takes place not only in the movement of the electromagnetic field but also in that of other fields (electronic, protonic, etc.). These fields obey quantum-mechanical laws, implying the properties of discontinuity and non-locality. The totality of the movement of enfoldment and unfoldment may go immensely beyond what has revealed itself to our observations. We call this totality by the name holomovement.”
Holomovement and its Role in the Multiverse
The multiverse theory as postulated by physicists is the belief that we exist as one universe in space that consists of an infinite number of other universes that are separated only by dimensional space. This theory allows for the multiple universes to potentially exists within a different set of physical laws to govern them, but maintains that each multiverse exists simultaneously. Bohm believes that the implicate order must stretch out into these other universes through holomovement, which endlessly enfolds and unfolds into infinite dimensionality. He believes that within this line of thinking, there are independent sub-totalities (people, physical elements) that operate relatively independently (with freedom). It is the unknown whole (totality) that Bohm calls holomovement.
Basically what this means is that holomovement is the currently unknown whole that secretly governs everything in our universe within an implicate order, including us; who act as individuals or independent entities. When viewed from a theological perspective, holomovement would be proof of God’s intent in the role of creation. Even from Bohm’s perspective, this intent or holomovement is unknown, and indescribable; much like Spinoza’s deterministic God, and Newton’s Gravitational hand of God. The only difference between Bohm’s God and Spinoza’s is intent or willfulness behind the actions. Bohm’s god implies that creation occurred, not by a series of random and accurate actions in space, but with forethought and sentience that brought about an implicate order to things (or a plan). However, Bohm’s God still does not explain its purpose or goal, or offer any physical likeness.
Even as Bohm’s God (holomovement) shows intent behind creation, Newton’s God (gravity) put the order on display in the universe and holds it together. In a multiverse, we get an idea of how much planning may have gone into creation. Are those universes efforts to correct mistakes made during previous creation attempts? If the physical laws are different in each universe, which set of laws are considered correct? One of the reasons why creation with intent and a multiverse makes so much sense is that you get the impression that our universe may be an attempt to correct or perfect a previous experiment. Our universe may be one of the mistakes. However, if one was to create our universe, the only reason to do so would be so that we could be studied and monitored. Perhaps human emotion is the subject of the study.