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Are we living in a holographic universe ?

Posted on Tuesday, 17 December, 2013 | Comment icon 56 comments

Will we ever unravel the very nature of reality itself ? Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists have uncovered new evidence to support the idea that the universe isn't quite what it seems.

The concept of a real-life holographic universe was first proposed by physicist Juan Maldacena in 1997 who suggested that gravity is comprised of thin vibrating strings that exist in nine dimensions and that the higher dimensional part of the universe, the part we experience, is 'coded' on to a lower dimensional plain similar to how a three-dimensional holographic image is coded on to a flat, two-dimensional surface.

Evidence for this idea was recently uncovered through a comparison of two studies, one examining black holes in the higher dimensional part of the universe and the other examining the energies of the corresponding lower dimensional universe.

Interestingly the results matched, indicating that there may be more to the idea of a holographic universe than previously believed. While far from conclusive, these studies nonetheless offer a tantalizing glimpse in the direction of a solution to not only the structure of the universe, but also to the nature of reality itself.

Source: Extreme Tech | Comments (56)

Tags: Holographic, Universe

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #47 Posted by Rlyeh on 25 December, 2013, 0:02
No, it means we are living in a 3D world projected from a 2D surface. The holographic universe doesn't imply this is artificial.
Comment icon #48 Posted by third_eye on 25 December, 2013, 2:06
God mode cheat code - Left hand ~ up - up - forward - down Right Hand ~ down - back Pelvis ~ forward - left - forward - back Left Leg ~ out - back - left Right Leg ~ stays still all throughout .... Head ~ Back - Right - Right ~ to confirm .... ~
Comment icon #49 Posted by Babe Ruth on 26 December, 2013, 14:48
Apologies if I've missed another poster mention it, but Michael Talbot wrote a book entitled The Holographic Universe. I read it a few years back and it's most interesting.
Comment icon #50 Posted by HippyGeek on 25 January, 2014, 2:02
I would contend that the best analogy to the Holographic Universe theory is the internet itself. Lets project into the future a bit and accept that within the next ten years the APIs for digitally storing information for smell, taste and touch are available to content developers and that artificial intelligence algorithms are advanced enough so that we can create a server that holds all of the data necessary to create an immersive environment where a player can actually "plug in" and experience a 3-d environment populated by "bots" that use a form of sexual intercourse to ... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by Rlyeh on 25 January, 2014, 7:45
Your analogy has more in common with the simulation argument than the holographic universe. The holographic universe has more to do with the projection of information from a flat surface than an artificial computer creating it, it's quite possible the hologram is natural.
Comment icon #52 Posted by Artaxerxes on 30 January, 2014, 19:25
Socio you asked "to what purpose?" Perhaps as a school for the soul? It learns here the things it can't learn in heaven. The physics of holographic film is very different than the physics of the projection. In a holographic piece of film all the information is spread all over the film. It's not like regular photographic film. Each piece contains the whole and everything interpenetrates everything. We live in the "projection" and the place we call "heaven" (as described by near death experiencers) is the original holographic film. So in or on tha... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by quiXilver on 30 January, 2014, 20:36
The structure of an atom. The structure of a solar system. As above, so below. Works for me.
Comment icon #54 Posted by cerberusxp on 5 March, 2014, 13:43
Plus this little tidbit: When something goes into a black hole all the information of what ever it was is spread out over the surface of it. Seen this on (sheesh can't even remember what show) but Michiu Kaku was in it.
Comment icon #55 Posted by cerberusxp on 5 March, 2014, 13:49
Very well put. Hypothesis: From a place where everything is of a hive type knowledge vs we have here freedom of thought and action. In order to learn from it perhaps?
Comment icon #56 Posted by Pari on 7 December, 2014, 7:45
Yes, we are living in a Holographic Universe, though we also live in the physical world. This has been explained in my book.

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