"HOLOGRAPHIC MEMORY [AND PERCEPTION].
One of the most fascinating areas of research in the field of holography is
holographic memory. Computers use a binary code, a pattern of ones and zeroes
that is translated into an electronic pulse, but holographic memory would
extend the capabilities of computer memory systems. Unlike most images, a
hologram is not
simply the sum of its constituent parts: the data in a holo-graphic image is
every part of the image, meaning that part of the image can be destroyed
without a loss of data.
To bring the story full-circle, holographic memory calls to mind an idea
advanced by a scientist who,
along with Huygens, was one of Newton's great professional rivals, German
philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716).
Few of Leibniz's ideas were more bizarre than that of the monad: an elementary
particle of existence that reflected the whole of the universe.
In advancing the concept of a monad, Leibniz was not making a statement after
the manner of a scientist: there was no proof that monads existed,
nor was it possible to prove this in any scientific way. Yet, a hologram
appears to be very much like a manifestation of Leibniz's imagined monads, a
nd both the hologram and the monad relate to a more fundamental aspect of life:
human memory. Neurological research in the late twentieth century
suggested that the structure of memory in the human mind is holo-graphic. Thus,
for instance, a patient suffering an injury affecting 90% of the
brain experiences only a 10% memory loss. "
Dr. Roger Clough NIST (ret.) 3/6/2013
"Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous."
- Albert Einstein
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