Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wholeness and the Implicate Order


At one time I was an ardent subscriber to David Bohm's Theory of the Implicate Order though now I'm more of a Deutschian MWIer.  You see there are three major theories (more like two and an upstart third, and a fourth not to far behind that one) of quantum interactions.  The first, called the Classic, Copenhagen or Bohrsian Interpretation which treats quantum interactions as probability fields to account of the inherent uncertainty of their behavior; the second, Many Worlds Interpretation first proposed by Hugh Everett which we've talked about before and will be a common theme in future blog posts (Many Minds Theory is really an offshoot of MWI and is the fourth a mentioned) and David Bohm's Implicate Order, often called the Holographic Universe Theory.  Holographic Universe is a misnomer, as Bohm coined the term Holomovement as more descriptive.  In Bohm's conception all possibilities are implicate, some explicate (come into being) rather like a hologram is an interference pattern in which any portion contains the entire picture (sort of like John Dee's Monads I discussed on Thursday.  Bohm's masterwork was Wholeness and the Implicate Order offers an understandable presentation of these ideas for laypeople.  Whether or not the Universe (or even the Multiverse) is a two dimensional interference pattern is actually a different concept, potentially valid with any Quantum Interpretation, as well as the Simulation Hypothesis, and is beginning to be tested experimentally by Fermilabs' new Holometer, which will test for holographic properties of the universe.  Bohm's work is worse the read, and has been popularized as well in David Talbot's book, The Holographic Universe which blends Bohm's work with that of neurobiologist David Pribam's Scatterbrains and mysticism and occult phenomena.