Michael Coleman Talbot (1953-1992) was an Australian born proponent of the holographic universe model, which essentially says the universe is like a multidimensional, interconnected web of energy. Many believe this view opens the door to all kinds of unconventional possibilities.
A Discovery Channel TV series, The World’s Strangest UFO Stories, notes that some take the holographic metaphor literally, going as far to say that we live within a hologram created by an alien supercomputer—something like we find in The Matrix Trilogy.
In his book, The Holographic Universe, Talbot mentions two dominant approaches to psi. On the one hand we have reports from clairvoyants, on the other hand, statistical approaches like those of R.H. and Louisa Rhine:
[Real paranormal] discoveries…could arguably have as much impact on human history as Columbus’ discovery of the New World or the invention of the atomic bomb. Indeed, those who have watched a truly talented clairvoyant at work know immediately that they have witnessed something far more profound than the dry statistics of R. H. and Louisa Rhine. This is not to say that the Rhine’s work is not important. But when vast numbers of people start reporting the same experiences, their anecdotal accounts should also be viewed as important evidence. They should not be dismissed merely because they cannot be documented as rigorously as other and often less significant features of the same phenomenon can be documented. As Stevenson states, “I believe it is better to learn what is probable about important matters than to be certain about trivial ones”¹
Talbot advocates a new approach to psi where anecdotal accounts are not not hastily dismissed but treated as data; and he believes this should be an important aspect of scientific investigation.
In an interview with Jeffrey Mishlove, Synchronicity and the Holographic Universe, Talbot speaks freely about his various paranormal experiences, analyzing them from the overlapping perspectives of depth psychology and the supernatural.
Talbot’s sincerity, intelligence and tremendous ability to communicate made him a bright light in psi studies. His untimely death in 1992 due to leukemia brought a promising career to a close but he left behind an important legacy for those keen on bridging the gap between science and spirituality.
Fausto Intilla adds:
How many significant (important) coincidences can happen to a person in his life, living in a unorganizated and stupid Universe?…I think no-one. Every synchronism in our life, is like an open-eyes-dream (Jung taught)…and we can thank the fine intelligence of our Universe…if they happen.²
According to Wikipedia, Talbot was also openly gay but not intensely political about his sexual orientation.³
¹ New York: HarperCollins, 1991: 296.