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The Holographic Mind’s Prejudice Perceptions May 28, 2009

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In the book “The Holographic Universe“, author Michael Talbot reveals how the brain reviews and stores information through the use of advanced Fourier mathematical wave patterns.  Following next, is the BBC Documentary “The Human Face“, which coincides and is an extension of the Fourier language of wave forms.  In this documentary, Dr. Stephen R. Marquardt a Maxillofacial surgeon, reveals the Fourier mathematical wave forms associated with beauty, through the use of a specially designed “Facial Mask” graph that measures the ratios of facial beauty.  Mahzarin Banaji conducted an Implicit Association study at Harvard University and discovered subconscious associations that reveal unconscious prejudice against the elderly, gays, women, the obese, and a wide range of other groups.  This study follows Fourier mathematical wave form associations.  For the full Harvard University article on Mahzarin Banaji’s study and for an opportunity to take the Implicit Association test, please visit the web links at the end of this post.  The following is an interesting excerpt from pages 27-30 of “The Holographic Universe” by Michael Talbot, of how the brain analyzes and stores information.


The Mathematical Language of the Hologram

While the theories that enabled the development of the hologram were first formulated in 1947 by Dennis Garbor (who later won a Nobel Prize for his efforts), in the late 1960s and early 1970s Pribram’s theory recieved even more persuasive experimental support.  When Gabor first conceived the idea of holography he wasn’t thinking about lasers.  His goal was to improve the electron microscope, then a primitive and imperfect device.  His approach was a mathematical one, and the mathematics he used was a type of calculus invented by an eighteenth-century Frenchman named Jean B. J. Fourier.

Roughly speaking what Fourier developed was a mathematical way of converting any pattern, no matter how complex, into a language of simple waves.  He also showed how these wave forms could be converted back into the original pattern.  In other words, just as a television camera converts an image into electromagnetic frequencies and a television set converts those frequencies back into the original image, Fourier showed how a similar process could be achieved mathematically.  The equations he developed to convert images into wave forms and back again are known as Fourier transforms.

Fourier transforms enabled Gabor to convert a picture of an object into the blur of interference patterns on a piece of holographic film.  They also enabled him to devise a way of converting those interference patterns back into an image of the original object.  In fact the special whole in every part of hologram is one of the by-products that occurs when an image or pattern is translated into the Fourier language of wave forms.

Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s various researchers contacted Pribram and told him they had uncovered evidence that the visual system worked as a kind of frequency analyzer.  Since frequency is a measure of the number of oscillations a wave undergoes per second, this strongly suggested that the brain might be functioning as a hologram does.

But it wasn’t until 1979 that Berkeley neurophysiologists Russell and Karen DeValois made the discovery that settled the matter.  Research in the 1960s had shown that each brain cell in the visual cortex is geared to respond to a different pattern – some brain cells fire when the eyes see a horizontal line, others fire when the eyes see a vertical line, and so on.  As a result, many researchers concluded that the brain takes input from these highly specialized cells called feature detectors, and somehow fits them together to provide us with our visual perceptions of the world.

Despite the popularity of this view, the DeValoises felt it was only a partial truth.  To test their assumption they used Fourier’s equations to convert plaid and checkerboard patterns into simple wave forms.  Then they tested to see how the brain cells in the visual cortex responded to these new wave-form images.  What they found was that the brain cells responded not to the original patterns, but to the Fourier translations of the patterns.  Only one conclusion could be drawn.  The brain was using Fourier mathematics – the same mathematics holography employed – to convert visual images into the Fourier language of wave forms.

The DeValoises’ discovery was subsequently confirmed by numerous other laboratories around the world, and although it did not provide absolute proof the brain was a hologram, it supplied enough evidence to convince Pribram his theory was correct.  Spurred on by the idea that the visual cortex was responding not to patterns but to the frequencies of various wave forms, he began to reassess the role frequency played in the other senses.

It didn’t take long for him to realize that the importance of this role had perhaps been overlooked by twentieth-century scientists.  Over a century before the DeValoises’ discovery, the German physiologist and physicist Hermann von Helmholtz had shown that the ear was a frequency analyzer.  More recent research revealed that our sense of smell seems to be based on what are called osmic frequencies.  Bekesy’s work had clearly demonstrated that our skin is sensitive to frequencies of vibration, and he even produced some evidence that taste may involve frequency analysis.  Interestingly, Bekesy also discovered that the mathematical equations that enabled him to predict how his subjects would respond to various frequencies of vibration were also of the Fourier genre.

But perhaps the most startling finding Pribram uncovered was Russian scientist Nikolai Bernstein’s discovery that even our physical movements may be encoded in our brains in a language of Fourier wave forms.  In the 1930s Bernstein dressed people in black leotards and painted white dots on their elbows, knees, and other joints.  Then he placed them against black backgrounds and took movies of them doing various physical activities such as dancing, walking, jumping, hammering, and typing.

When he developed the film, only the white dots appeared, moving up and down and across the screen in various complex and flowing movements.  To quantify his findings he Fourier-analyzed the various lines the dots traced out and converted them into a language of wave forms.  To his surprise, he discovered the wave forms contained hidden patterns that allowed him to predict his subjects’ next movement to within a fraction of an inch.

When Pribram encountered Bernstein’s work he immediately recognized its implications.  Maybe the reason hidden patterns surfaced after Bernstein Fourier-analyzed his subject’s movements was because that was how movements are stored in the brain.  This was an exciting possibility, for if the brain analyzed movements by breaking them down into their frequency components, it explained the rapidity with which we learn many complex physical tasks.  For instance, we do not learn to ride a bicycle by painstakingly memorizing every tiny feature of the process.  We learn by grasping the whole flowing movement.  The fluid wholeness that typifies how we learn so many physical activities is difficult to explain if our brains are storing information in a bit-by-bit manner.  But it becomes much easier to understand if the brain is Fourier-analyzing such tasks and absorbing them as a whole.  – End of Book Excerpt


 BBC Documentary:  The Human Face  (Part 2)


BBC Documentary:  The Human Face  (Parts 1 – 6)  –  Continued 



Perception Study by Mahzarin Banaji


Harvard University Gazette

Brain shows unconscious prejudices: Fear center is activated – by William J. Cromie



How To Overcome Subconscious Perceptions

The first step to overcoming hindering subconscious prejudice based perceptions is to first identify them and then to read books, articles, and or volunteer in community based events.  The Implicit Association test may assist you in identifying internal subconscious associations.  To take the Implicit Association test, please click on the below web link. 

Implicit Association Testhttps://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

“The imprint of culture is what we see in the subliminal exposure,” explains Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University.  “Seeing the face consciously allows thoughts and feelings to generate a more reasoned response to the face in view.”  The research, done in collaboration with William Cunningham and Marcia Johnson at Yale University, suggests our conscious brain can lead us away from the prejudices of our unconscious mind.

“To the extent that we can influence what we learn and believe, we can influence less conscious states of mind,” Banaji notes. We can determine who we are and who we wish to be. 


For Further Reading:

Prejudice Against the Obese and Some of its Situational Sources



The Holographic Universe By Michael Talbot



NLP: The New Technology of Achievement – NLP short for neuro-linguistic programming, utilizes holographic based techniques to overcome personal hindrances.



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