THE SILENT PULSE by George Leonard


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Leonard is a neat formulator whose smooth style doesn't quite hide the wrinkles of his age-old ideas. Using music and dance as a jumping-off point, he postulates that our internal rhythms are oscillators that ""pulse or change rhythmically"" and are ""entrained with the outside world."" Support for this view is wrested from such diverse sources as microanalysis of filmed conversations at Boston University School of Medicine, descriptions of a friend's aikido experiences, and remote-viewing experiments at Stanford Research Institute. Leonard borrows the image of the hologram to introduce holonomy, which posits the immanence of the entire universe in every subatomic particle that comprises it. Set against this Eastern emphasis on holonomy is a more Western concept of ""identity"" or individual uniqueness, which is expressed as a ""distinctive wave function."" Perfect rhythm is visualized as a perfect interplay, or ""silent pulse,"" between holonomy and identity. This balance allows us potentially to ""influence this universe in extraordinary ways,"" and to know everything--past, present, and future. Those who are familiar with Huxley's Perennial Philosophy will find little that is new here, except for the emphasis on scientific rather than religious contexts.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1978
ISBN: 1423611365
Publisher: Dutton