Is Our Universe a Hologram? In 1982 a Litttle Known but Epic Event Occured at the University of Paris (Today's Most Popular)
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September 29, 2011

Is Our Universe a Hologram? In 1982 a Litttle Known but Epic Event Occured at the University of Paris (Today's Most Popular)

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What if our existence is a holographic projection of another, flat version of you living on a two-dimensional "surface" at the edge of this universe? In other words, are we real, or are we quantum interactions on the edges of the universe - and is that just as real anyway?

Whether we actually live in a hologram is being hotly debated,  but it is now becoming clear that looking at phenomena through a holographic lens could be key to solving some of the most perplexing problems in physics, including the physics that reigned before the big bang,what gives particles mass, a theory of quantum gravity.

In 1982 a litttle known but epic  event occured at the University of Paris, where a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. You did not hear about it on the Daily Show. In fact, unless you are a physicist you probably have never even heard Aspect's name, though increasing numbers of experts believe his discovery may change the face of science.

Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. It doesn't matter whether they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart.

Somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. The problem with this feat is that it violates Einstein's long-held tenet that no communication can travel faster than the speed of light. Since traveling faster than the speed of light is tantamount to breaking the time barrier, this daunting prospect has caused some physicists to try to come up with increasingly elaborate ways to explain away Aspect's findings.

University of London physicist David Bohm, for example, believes Aspect's findings imply that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram. Bohm was involved in the early development of the holonomic model of the functioning of the brain, a model for human cognition that is drastically different from conventionally accepted ideas. Bohm developed the theory that the brain operates in a manner similar to a hologram, in accordance with quantum mathematical principles and the characteristics of wave patterns.

To understand why Bohm makes this startling assertion, one must first understand that a hologram is a three- dimensional photograph made with the aid of a laser. To make a hologram, the object to be photographed is first bathed in the light of a laser beam. Then a second laser beam is bounced off the reflected light of the first and the resulting interference pattern (the area where the two laser beams conflate) is captured on film. When the film is developed, it looks like a meaningless swirl of light and dark lines. But as soon as the developed film is illuminated by another laser beam, a three-dimensional image of the original object appears.

In a recent collaboration between Fermilab scientists and hundreds of meters of laser may have found the very pixels of reality, grains of spacetime one tenth of a femtometer across.

The GEO600 system is armed with six hundred meters of laser tube, which sounds like enough to equip an entire Star War, but these lasers are for detection, not destruction. GEO600's length means it can measure changes of one part in six hundred million, accurate enough to detect even the tiniest ripples in space time -  assuming it isn't thrown off by somebody sneezing within a hundred meters or the wrong types of cloud overhead (seriously).  The problem with such an incredibly sensitive device is just that - it's incredibly sensitive.

The interferometer staff constantly battle against unwanted aberration, and were struggling against a particularly persistent signal when Fermilab Professor Craig Hogan suggested the problem wasn't with their equipment but with reality itself.  The quantum limit of reality, the Planck length, occurs at a far smaller length scale than their signal - but according to Hogan, this literal ultimate limit of tininess might be scaled up because we're all holograms. Obviously.

The idea is that all of our spatial dimensions can be represented by a 'surface' with one less dimension, just like a 3D hologram can be built out of information in 2D foils.  The foils in our case are the edges of the observable universe, where quantum fluctuations at the Planck scale are 'scaled up' into the ripples observed by the GEO600 team.  We'd like to remind you that although we're talking about "The GEO600 Laser Team probing the edge of reality", this is not a movie.

What does this mean for you?  In everyday action, nothing much - we're afraid that a fundamentally holographic nature doesn't allow you to travel around playing guitar and fighting crime (no matter what 80s cartoons may have taught you.)  Whether reality is as you see it, or you're the representation of interactions on a surface at the edge of the universe, getting run over by a truck (or a representation thereof) will still kill you.

In intellectual terms, though, this should raise so many fascinating questions you'll never need TV again.  While in the extreme earliest stages, with far more work to go before anyone can draw any conclusions, this is some of the most mind-bending metaphysical science you'll ever see.

The Daily Galaxy via twm.co.nz and newscientist.com

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Sorry, the hologram theory of the universe is unsubstantiated and dead wrong. No body can move through space at faster than light speed. Likewise, no communication can travel through space faster than light speed. But suppose that a force or forces external to the physical universe act(s) upon it. Then all bets are off, and disparate regions of the universe can "communicate" with each other instantaneously; or, more accurately, the force external to the universe is communicating with itself instantaneously. Alas, the horizon problem is solved.

Sorry, the hologram theory of the universe is unsubstantiated and dead wrong. No body can move through space at faster than light speed. Likewise, no communication can travel through space faster than light speed. But suppose that a force or forces external to the physical universe act(s) upon it. Then all bets are off, and disparate regions of the universe can "communicate" with each other instantaneously; or, more accurately, the force external to the universe is communicating with itself instantaneously. Alas, the horizon problem is solved.

CERN just proved there are particles that go faster than light

What external forces are you talking about? I might not be a physicist, scientist or astronomer, but i do not limit myself by dogmas or laws that predetermine my creative thinking. How can you support so firmly the idea of the impossibility of faster than light travelling? In our brief human history all our pretensions of the absolute (knowledge, laws, dogmas, religion, god, nature) have been proven wrong, misinterpreted or completely senseless. In such an unknown field as quantum physics, advances are made from defying even the most deep rooted laws and theories. I come from a Product Design background but always had a passion for the freedom that imagining the universe gave my mind. And believe me when i say that many of my wildest dreams and projects are now real, or closer to reality. Since i was a kid i thought that if i could imagine, it would be eventually possible.

Cheers

Does that mean that the mind can commnunicate faster then light across the universe. Like telekinesis of the mind, rather then matter? We can communicate with the mind on deeper levels then anything we know of if we know what we are doing?

yeah nuetrinos can travel faster than light o/O

well said and commendable attitude NSFerreira :)

This is a hard concept to wrap you mind around. If this is proven out through further research that might help explain why some people have perception of 'spirits' and premonitions of things to come and such. It also explain the observations at CERN. If all this interaction, throughout the universe (and perhaps parallel universes) takes place at the quantum level it sure puts on new twist on things as to are very nature and our connections to everything else that exists. I think I need a beer.

Oh
My
Garsh

[head explodes]

[head rematerializes by reversing the projection program]

Shew, now I'm glad I am a hologram. Hey - who put this "H" on my forehead?

The more I read this, the more my mind just gets blown away from the idea!

"Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. It doesn't matter whether they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart."

As two bodies approach each other, the Kondo effect becomes greater as the electrons on both bodies become entangled. Thus; increasing the strength and speed of gravity, on both objects. Their mass becomes entangled, as more and more electrons become entangled, gravity increases. Their attraction for each other becomes entangled. Does an apple fall from a tree by free will or does it fall because the electrons in it became entangled with the ground beneath it? Does the fruit tree know about this simple principle and thus it falls to the ground when ripe? Due to the heavy nectar it holds and the excess of entangled electrons.

Sounds like the Matrix to me.

You lost me at: "You did not hear about it on the Daily Show."
Oh my.

the holographic laser analogy brings to mind a problem - laser holograms are reproducing the interference patterns derived from a real object. So ,,, to produce a stunningly real universe, you would need a stunningly real universe to photograph in the first place!!! We all know that CGI from scratch always looks fake!

the holographic laser analogy brings to mind a problem - laser holograms are reproducing the interference patterns derived from a real object. So ,,, to produce a stunningly real universe, you would need a stunningly real universe to photograph in the first place!!! We all know that CGI from scratch always looks fake!

If someone can illuminate my likely incorrect understanding:

The idea here is that the three-dimensional universe is basically the result of ripples produced by quantum interactions on the inside of an event horizon (as if this universe were a bubble where there is only a thin event horizon and everything else is just illusion). Is this in any way disconnected from determinism? You figure every atom moves in a cascading domino effect according to how the laws of reality act upon them (as well as their proximity to other atoms). When you scope deeper (smaller) into the smallest observable object you see it's just more of the same autonoma (thus destroying any concept of free will).

Assuming my interpretations above are remotely correct (I'm no professional, just an enthusiast), could it be possible our universe is held within a black hole (or some other similar bubble-like object of a multiverse-like medium)? Thus making all perceivable physical reality a higher-dimensional projection produced by the lower-dimensional interactions that are the result of that object interacting (in likely a deterministic way) with it's surroundings (w/e they may be).

Coupled with what was seen at CERN lately, rethink the Universal Speed Limit theory. Don't worry about it. Science has been up century long cul de sacs before.

YouMayCa11Me V you are correct about the event horizon. Your logic is flawed on free will. The interactions need not be deterministic. Think about information encoded on the event horizon and the laws that must be obeyed by the information. The results will stagger you.

"University of London physicist David Bohm, for example, believes Aspect's findings imply that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram."

The brain neurons photographed and the universe photographed look very similar. Now looks like they may function the same.

God said that Man was made in God's image and we are in God.

So there are still some more simpler realities like whatever I see from my own vision and perspective is upside down, yet my brain makes corrections to make intelligence out of the image, but from my perspective I cannot envision myself upside down. Yes there are still many unknowns to be unraveled from the infinitesmal and the infinite and the electro magnetic radiation. one thing is certain our very existance depends on the frequency spectrum, from "0" cycles through the audio, radio, short wave 75 Khz to the ultra microwave and the light frequencies. Our very existence is a variety of frequencies, Hearing, Smelling, tasting and vision is all motion. Who knows what lies beyond or is there an end to the frequency spectrum and when we tackle the Quantum world what does control the particles there. There are a lot of wierd things like spinning particles and the control of these particle to construct a quantum computer. No matter the problem of the ultra reality is still far away from an intelligent response. Time will tell but many of us will be long forgotten when those answers are made available.

Many years ago I posited that the speed of thought surpasses that of light inasmuch as the very instant one thinks about anything that is any distance away, one's thought has touched that thing - for example, as soon as one thinks of Sirius, one's thought has touched and reached Sirius.

What are you talking about HOLOGRAM?? You will feel pain if i'll burn you into ashes and you will say "IT'S REAL"! non sense...

What are you talking about HOLOGRAM?? You will feel pain if i'll burn you into ashes and you will say "IT'S REAL"! non sense...

What are you talking about HOLOGRAM?? You will feel pain if i'll burn you into ashes and you will say "IT'S REAL"! non sense...

It's funny to me that people who can't even spell or use proper punctuation can be so quick to say that the most brilliant minds in the known universe (real OR holographic) are dead wrong and that their ideas are nonsense (<- one word).


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