Given the fact that the cosmic Hologram has a specific set of programming, objectivity and reasonableness are quite safe in reality. Nonlocality allows one to metaprogram the directives of the Hologram. Hidden Variables will, in time, come to describe this truth.
According to David Bohm, from the point of view of the implicate order, the formative fields at the foundation of reality comprise a set of potentialities, and in each moment there's a selection for a particular potential to be realized depending to some extent on past history, and to some extent on creativity.
It is apparent that there are both local and non-local elements governing our consciousness. We can be consumed by the overpowering oneness of the universe upon the ignition of a higher (and objective) state of mind, and we can also be forgetful old farts. We can have brains constituted of a holographic phenomenon (in which each part contains the whole), and we can suffer crippling brain damage. The brain's neuroelectric dance relies for its operation on non-local quantum phenomena as well as local "classical" ones as well.
The holographic principle restores objectivity and order to a universe from which quantum mechanics (or its most popular interpretations) takes it away. The cosmic hologram encodes all of reality on its surface, so anything not under the act of observation still exists implicitly. The Copenhagen Interpretation posits that anything not under observation at best cannot be said to have any real or concrete features and at worst doesn't even properly exist. The Implicate Order which comprises the cosmic hologram allows things to exist independently of an active observer. While to say that something has no independent existence outside of perception is a fruitful and useful philosophy up to a point, reality in fact goes beyond it and back toward reason.
At the atomic level there is no such thing as death.
Language makes explicate what has been implicate in mental subconsciousness. And that can be worth quite a bit.
Each event is a creative act. What is implicate is always in a state of learning, of self-informing, as what is implicate flowers into the explicate, and what is explicate re-folds into the implicate order, informing it some more. It is a sort of an infinite, geometric progression of information and meaning. Perhaps a principle of teleology is necessary to explain it after all.
Anything that exists can be said to be physical -- or mathematically describable. At the very least we would be dealing with information, however abstractly.
We all know at this point that the basic behavior of our universe is governed essentially by particles interacting at the atomic level. All of the objects in explicate reality, our bodies and brains are composed of atoms. What many do not know is that consciousness can be directed, through the nervous system, into the ground of this atomic realm, opening up objective reality and demonstrating that reality is ultimately made of consciousness -- some say mind or spirit. This most fundamental and highest dimension of the universe then opens up to higher dimensions beyond that.
At this point it appears to me that some sort of conscious field permeates nature, indeed constitutes it, and that nothing exists outside of this, as to say so makes no sense. Or in other words, everything is accounted for, or has meaningful being-ness in some objective sense, because of this fundamental reality. Quantum mechanics is interesting because the formalism and experimental meaning show us this inherent consciousness peering through into our tidy little macroscopic setup and merging with our own and throwing us for loops philosophically -- for those who are able to recognize this, anyway.
Consciousness, as the implicate order, seems to contain some sort of memory in its fabric. It's as if the universe both remembers everything, and learns as it goes.
I do not feel that consciousness has to be expressed as human beings; in fact, I feel even a rock has a very low order of consciousness, because the implicate order informs every atom and gives it a sense of objective being. The permutations for consciousness are infinite.
The universe can be objective if indeed it comprises a hologram. Everything is imprinted everywhere, and can exist even when not being observed.
Whatever is not in time exists everywhere at once -- and does not die.
I feel very strongly that Bohm's quantum potential describes consciousness so well because it is consciousness. I.e., the non-local quantum circuit is both the ground of mass-energy and the source of consciousness. I see both mass-energy and mind as extensions of or projections from this ground of active information. Therefore, I like to separate mind and consciousness. I feel that mind is an approximately classical, neurological/biological construction, and that consciousness is a quantum phenomenon. Explicate-implicate. Matter and energy are explicate as well, and in my opinion not as fundamental as the quantum ground from which they arise. It appears to me that mass-energy is at the level, internally and perceptually, of the (classical) neuro-electric network giving rise to all functions of the brain, such as memories, thoughts, emotions, etc., and that one transcends both matter and mind (and the speed of light barrier) when one crosses to the fundamental non-local, quantum consciousness. This has a correlate with the ego as well. The ego can be seen as a classical construct of the mind which, when transcended, transforms into the "true self" the mystics are so eager to discuss.
Language represents a reflection of our universe. A discrete alphabet can form a virtually infinite (though finite) variety of structures of meaning. Mass-energy has even greater leverage through its constituent "letters" and their behavior. As a corollary, both language and mass-energy exist as implicate orders, each highly analogous to the other. An atom and a letter are perhaps deceptively similar, at least in an abstract way.
The essence of existence is paradox.
The multiverse is big. There is a universe for every possibility. Imagine that every other sperm of dad's made it into the egg, each in a separate universe. And then imagine it happening to every parent who has ever lived! Imagine a grassland of a thousand square miles. And each blade of grass differs in series by one atom in a huge number of configurations, each in its own universe. And in these examples, everything else is the same! Imagine all of the infinities of variables that could be different -- slightly or dramatically. That is the size and scope of the inflationary multiverse.
Nonlocality does not break the speed of light barrier -- because it does not involve travel through space!
Is a memory not touching the past somehow?
If we have nonlocality in space, do we not also have it in time?
Dialogue and writing can bring forth an explicate form from the implicate order in novel and potentially very valuable ways.
Mass-energy exists as an explicate projection from the non-local, actively informed ground (at the quantum level) of the universe. Matter and energy then are not fundamental, but rather the active information of the quantum potential is, in the hierarchy of relatively autonomous levels we can abstract from reality.
The implicate, conscious ground collapses into mass-energy at every point of spacetime, over and over, billions of times a second, giving rise to the explicate structures of Nature which, as a result of this fact, are only relatively invariant but are at a finer level undergoing a rapid, constant rate of change. This is mirrored in the interface between human consciousness and the human mind, in which the quantum circuit informs neuroelectricity in every instant, superposing as a set of different possible choices or mindsets, which collapse during a conscious event of perception into a given awareness or state of mind. So we can see there is a real oneness between the consciousness of Nature itself, and also the primate mind. In truth, it is only one process.
Meaning is a form of subjective information, and contrary to some philosophical stances, it is quite real.
There is one bottom line pattern we have found underpinning all of nature and all that could even be possible: the creation and transmission of information. Information is the ultimate reality.
All the cosmos is physically connected in time as well as space. What does this mean? Perhaps it makes teleology possible....
Brains can become entangled just as elementary particles can.
As PKD pointed out, consensus reality can almost be seen as an epiphenomenon of the deeper, truer nonlocal reality.
Better than intelligent "design" would be to say intelligent "unfolding."
If the notion that universal existence is really the projection of an information-rich hologram is true, it is not hard to see how objectivity can be safe.
The greater existence comprises relatively autonomous levels that are beyond what we know as awareness, but I imagine these levels do reduce to awareness in the special case.
There is a question regarding the "reality" of reality. Is a hologram real? We may as well treat it as 100 percent real, because this is, for now, the only reality we're going to get.
Our reality is made up of models -- everything we perceive is a construction in a virtual reality. But after a certain threshold, reality ceases to be a model.
Reality is an authentic illusion. It is both real and not-real simultaneously.
Our reality is a hologram, so it's debatable whether you would call that "real" or "not real," and our perception is local, limited, mutable, illusory, sure. But for all intents and purposes, reality is real, and one should treat it that way. Take what you can get from your perceptions. Ultimately, you're deeply connected to all of it.
Nature never forgets. Whatever humans do, She learns and doesn't forget.
The brain correlate of one's conscious experience is an electromagnetic excitation. The entire EM field of the brain can be likened to an implicate order distributed over the whole brain providing the basis for the contents of mental consciousness.
There may indeed be an elegant simplicity to the beauty of Nature, but there is perhaps also, and perhaps equally, an undoubted complexity there as well.
Atoms don't determine everything. Everything determines the atoms.
I do not feel that evolution is a random, dreary, directionless, empty process knocking around through blind chance, but rather that Nature is an actively intelligent process, not directed, but with the capacity to feel its way and learn as it goes.