Fred Alan Wolf describes how the parallel universe or holographic theory explain memory and also goes as far to say that these theories also explains how the mind works to give rise to our feelings, thoughts, intuitions, and sensations. For more detailed understanding the the science behind his theory, you can study pages 80 to 100 of Matter into Feeling.
So how much can we really trust our memory to be accurate? This is a fundamental question whose answer may have some keys to overcoming suffering. After reading chapter 4 I would say, our memories are not accurate. In his parallel universe theory, he explained that our perception, and memory was influenced by the parallel realities of any one experience. So for any one experience, there are many different ways that same experience unfolded, like the different outcomes of a choose your own adventure novel. So if there is an experience where you just missed winning a race, there is a parallel experience where you won the race. Both outcomes are real just depending on which parallel you are in. This is called the theory of complementarity. So the experience we recall is equated to the single layer of a multi-layered cake. Our experience of time, is a single layer of thought. When we are aware of all the layers, time appears as the soul’s mind. When we observe time, we are observing memory sequences. The overall memory ( the soul memory in which infinite outcomes are apparent) is reflected in the individual memory on each layer.
There are situations where there are more outcomes parallel outcomes for a particular experience. For example, if you toss a coin – there are more parallels that come up with even and odd numbers of head and tails coin tosses then there are parallel that have the combination of 2 head and 8 tails. The outcomes that appear most common, are the ones we notice the most which therefore influences memory. Not only are we influenced by the most parallel outcomes but we are also influenced by the number of people focused on particular parallels. The more people with the same focus, the greater the influence on the groups belief, causing in itself a collective memory that each individual believes as ‘True”
So how can we in fact trust our memories of any experience. And can this theory be used to influence the narrative of the masses. It shows me the importance of mass media and where we put our attention, as well as the value of teaching and sharing information that gives people the choose of what they consciously put their attention on and therefore remember.