Quantum Holography, Hermeneutics, and Contemplative Living


  • Tara Cuthbertson Binghamton University, State University of New York


Quantum Holography, Binaural Beats, Semiotics, Narrative Network, Hermeneutic Phenomenology, Contemplative Practice, Panpsychism




This paper examines the relation between quantum holography, heightened attention (mindfulness), and hermeneutics as a potential access point to a transcendental idealism and system of signification in everyday life. In addition to research in quantum physics and contemplative studies, I draw upon the Gateway meditation program by the Monroe Institute, which utilizes quantum holographic science in its binaural hemispheric synchronization (“Hemi-Sync”) technology, as well as self-inquiry and visualization exercises. This paper seeks to contribute to understanding our place as historical agents in the cosmos by (1) exploring the holonomic principle of mind as a means for people to transform contemplative practices of mind into existential realities; (2) giving readers examples of contemplative practices that can result in personal transformation and a sense of the sacred; and (3) suggesting that philosophical notion of a transcendental ideal exists inescapably within human consciousness and the phenomenal world of everyday experience.

Author Biography

Tara Cuthbertson, Binghamton University, State University of New York

Department of Comparative Literature


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23-08-2022 — Updated on 23-08-2022


How to Cite

Cuthbertson, T. (2022). Quantum Holography, Hermeneutics, and Contemplative Living. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 18(1), 533–553. Retrieved from https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/918