Biocentrism Meet the Holographic Model

When I first began to understand the principles behind the formation of Robert Lanza’s theory of biocentrism, I was intrigued. The theory postulates that the consciousness creates the universe, rather than the universe creating the consciousness. The idea behind this theory allows for many other theories and philosophical interpretations to be validated alongside it. One of those interpretations would be the holographic model.

The holographic model

The holographic model is a theory in physics that suggests the universe is really a hologram. At first glance, that theory seems unlikely but when you really dig into it a bit, it makes much more sense. We all know what a hologram is and how they work. We all know that particles are really just micro-mini loops, specs or strings of light and energy (depending on which theory you subscribe to). The three-dimensional images in a projected hologram are essentially made up of the same thing. The only real difference being that one set of light and energy exist in space and the other exists more locally.

A normal person will hear the theory of the universe existing as a hologram and use matter as a way to discredit it, it is an easy argument to debunk since all matter in the universe begins as a particle anyway. Even scientists Breit and Wheeler created a way to make matter out of light in 1934. For their idea, they suggested that it should be possible to turn light into matter by smashing together only two particles of light (photons), to create an electron and a positron. Their calculation was good but they couldn’t actually try it until the photon-photon collider was built. This collider accomplished their original goal by recreating the same process that occurred in the first moments of the creation of our universe.

The Breit-wheeler theory really took shape when 80 years later after a couple of scientists—with help from a theoretical physicist from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics were investigating unrelated problems with their work in fusion energy. Coupled with a few other theories (shown in figure  below) Breit-wheeler were inevitably proven correct.

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Theories describing light and matter interactions/ Credit Oliver Pike, Imperial College London

The collider experiment used a high-intensity laser to speed up electrons to just below the speed of light and then fired them into a gold slab to create a beam of photons that were a billion times more energetic than visible light. Next, a hohlraum (German for ‘empty room’) fired a high-energy laser at the inner surface of this gold hohlraum, to create a thermal radiation field, generating light similar to the light emitted by stars. That photon beam was directed through the center of the can, which caused the photons from the two sources to collide with one another and form electrons and positron when they left the can. What did this experiment prove? That light could be converted into matter. That experiment directly links itself with the holographic model complaints that many people will use for that matter being a physical thing to [1]

Having moved past that argument, it is completely plausible that an entire universe could fit the holographic paradigm. This is especially true when you account for the manner that the theory lends itself out there. Under the holographic paradigm, the universe exists in 3D form on a 2D surface, implying that everything contained within our universe is an illusion, including time (more on that in next article).

The holographic principle says that even gravity comes from thin, vibrating strings which are all holograms of a flat, 2D Universe. It’s an interesting concept that gains momentum when you consider what all matter in the universe is really created from light in the first place. Add to that the concept of a multiverse, and you are really on to something! It makes one wonder if our current universe is a holographic representation of another one. (more on that idea in another article).

With holography relying on David Bohm’s idealism on particle interconnectedness to reach its full potential coupled with Dr. Karl Pribram’s ideologies on how the brain stores information, we are left with the supposition that while the universe may be a hologram, there is something previously existing to measure against in the first place. For this, we turn our attention to the particles themselves.

In quantum physics we know that discovered through the double-slit experiment that particles act as both a particle and a wave, depending on whether they are being observed or not. Danish physicist Niels Bohr pointed out that subatomic particles only show themselves when they are being observed, making it pointless to discuss their properties as existing before observation. The implication being that they have to be observed for their properties to existing in the first place. When you combine Bohr’s theory with the discovery of the positronium atom (positron and electron combination) and consider their angles of polarization, the implication is that subatomic particles are interconnected. Einstein could not reconcile Bohr’s suggestion that properties like polarization do not exist unless being observed because that would imply that the particles were able to communicate with one another instantaneously in order for them to know which angle of polarization to agree on during the measurement or observation. That instantaneous communication implied to Einstein that the particles would have to communicate faster than the speed of light, which relativity didn’t allow for because it would break the time barrier.

Einstein explained away interconnectedness with the EPR paradox. Bohr continued his supposition about interconnectedness by offering up another explanation. If subatomic particles don’t exist unless observed, they could no longer be considered independent things. The meaning here is that Einstein’s flaw came from his insistence on viewing the particles as separate entities when it was clear that they were simply pieces of a giant ‘whole’. Over time Bohr’s argument won, and the question focused on trying to decipher what the ‘whole’ was. Enter David Bohm who accepted Bohr’s theory and took it a few steps further.

When Bohm attempted to reconcile Bohr’s theory on interconnectedness he decided no communication between particles actually occurred because, on a deeper level reality, the two particles were one and the same because the quantum potential permeates throughout space, making all particles interconnected non-locally. The meaning here is that the particles didn’t travel through space to communicate instantaneously, but that all things were simply part of something else that told these things what to do. If you think of it in terms of the human body and how the brain operates it, you start to get a clearer picture.

Mind/Body Interconnectedness

If you can envision the brain as being representative of the universe and liken the human body to the things within that universe, you will see that while the body operates under the brain’s control or guidance; so too may the particles operate under the universe’s guidance. From here it is a small step into the hologram, which Bohm outlines in his work Wholeness and the Implicate order. In it he suggests that our tangible reality is actually an illusion (like a holographic image) and that it is reflective of a hidden level of reality that is responsible for all things in our physical world. He called this hidden reality the implicate order, which makes our own version of reality the explicate order. It is this constant folding and unfolding of orders that shape the manner that particles behave; specifically, how positronium atoms and electrons can change from one type of particle to another. The implicate and explicate orders being used in the same manner as a holographic film. For example, Bohm believes that the appearance of an electron moving through space is really just a representation of the implicate and explicate orders occurring. The same theory applies when a particle is viewed as disappearing (as in the case with ghost particles). It doesn’t disappear, it simply becomes enfolded back into the reality that it came from. He also believes that this phenomenon explains how particles can act as both a particle and a wave.

When it comes down to the whole in Bohm’s work, he is referring to the holographic fabric of the implicate order. Think of it like you would a carpet. You have the rug as a whole and then you have the intricately embroidered images contained within it. When applied to the universe, you would also have to include the variable of those images being interchangeable. When you apply the dynamic nature of the implicate order to Bohm’s hologram, you get his view of holomovement and can effectively see the whole, as well as its parts, acting together through interconnectedness. Bohms’ holographic universe allows for the duality of our world and the mind/body connection to have a direct effect on one another. The question now becomes focused on the extent of that effect, which Dr. Robert Lanza has attempted to explain in his work Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True nature of the Universe.


Biocentrism allows Bohm’s holographic model to reconcile itself to interconnectedness by providing the intent behind the implicate order. Bohm himself believed that since all things are aspects of holomovement, consciousness and matter (being itself another form of holomovement) do not interact as individuals but are one in the same. In essence, Bohm believed that the consciousness is another form of matter[2] and provides us with the foundation of any relationship between the implicate and explicate orders (enfolding and unfolding).

Lanza takes Bohm’s idea and explains the nature behind the implicate order. It implies intelligence and forethought. Basically, Lanza’s theory implies that space and time are simply products of the human mind. It builds upon Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, in which the philosopher stated that space and time are forms of human intuition. Basically, that all things perceived in the human mind become the tools behind what builds our universe. By Kant’s reasoning, the answer to the classic chicken and egg conundrum is a form of catch 22 since neither of those things can exist without the other anyway. The manner that this can occur is directly rooted in physics.

Biocentrism allows for the consciousness to exist before the physical body to identify it, which sounds to me as if he views the body/brain as the creation of the consciousness. When likened to the holographic interpretation of the universe, Lanza provides us with the explanation of the whole that projects the images and behaviors behind the hologram. It is the means of the communication between particles or the force driving the enfolding and unfolding of the universe. Yet does it explain the intelligence behind such ideas? Does biocentrism tell us what motivates the decisions in the first place?

Lanza’s own statements regarding the consciousness may provide us with an idea on that. He stated that the consciousness cannot even exist without a living, biological creature to embody a creature’s perceptive powers to create. So how can a consciousness create anything if it doesn’t actually exist? By this, I mean how can the consciousness that needs a living biological creature to create the universe exist before the universe is created? He attempts to answer it with his assumption of that consciousness previously existing in another universe. But if you continue along that line of questioning you will eventually run out of previously existing universes to end up back where we started.

So how can something exist from nothing, even if it exists as a holographic representation? To understand that, I must start by looking behind the projected reality of the hologram, and attempt to understand what lies behind the projection that creates the image in the first place. These ideas will be explored in a future article.

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