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January 25, 2009

The Universe As a Hologram

Filed under: Main — Ryan Jones @ 5:17 am

A new scientific theory suggests that the universe could, in fact, be nothing more than a hologram. It’s a pretty cool theory, and you probably need a very good understanding of physics just to read the article.

If the world is really a hologram though, it’s going to have a lot of interesting consequences. It will make it possible for things to be true one day and false the next, and it will certainly get rid of the whole idea of free will.

It’s soft of neat to think about, and scary at the same time.

The coolest part though is that it may just share other properties of holograms. For example, if you were to take a holographic image and cut it in half you wouldn’t get half an image. You’d get the whole image at 1/2 size. You can keep cutting it any way you like, but you wouldn’t lose anything other than size.

Holograms are cool like that, every tiny piece contains all of the information of the whole hologram. To put that in “our universe” terms, that means an atom actually contains all of the information in the universe. That’s pretty cool, and it’s consistent with some old physics conundrums that I remember back in college.

If you ever took intro to physics, you probably remember that calculating the potential energy between 2 electrons would result in an infinite number. With the holographic theory, that makes sense.

This post probably doesn’t make sense to many people, and I’m still reading about the theory but it sounds really cool. I’ll be sure to re-read my copy of “the holographic universe” by michael talbot now that there’s some research to his theory.

1 Comment

  1. I read Talbot’s book years ago. It was interesting, insightful and even fun. But it had little science in it. I think the book works best metaphorically, not literally. As to scientific proof of this, I would love to see it!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

    Comment by ClapSo — February 6, 2009 @ 12:58 am

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