Strings and Holograms and infinity, oh my!

2 years, 8 months ago

Imagine that one day, you were looking up at the night sky, and all of a sudden the holographic image that you believe to be the universe malfunctioned and shut off, and you realized that what you call earth is floating inside a tank(much like a fish tank) in an alien child’s bedroom.

Seems like complete madness, but according to the theory of a holographic universe, it can be entirely plausible. This theory was made famous by Alain Aspect and his team at Paris University in the early 80’s. 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 elaborate ways to explain away Aspect’s findings. But it has inspired others to offer even more radical explanations.

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.

I Fucking Love Science, Quantum Physics in particular. People who can not understand how our universe exists in such a way, so they come up with radical, brilliant theories that could potentially exist.

In this thread, I just want to talk science. What do you think about the holographic universe theory? What are some of your favorite theories? Lets hear it, where my fellow science nerds at?

August 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

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Profile photo of Adam Smith Adam Smith (@adamsmith) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Einstein didn’t say that communication could not occur at superluminal speeds, he only said that the speed of light is the cosmic speed limit for objects with mass, Einstein knew about quantum entanglement, which is what you are talking about. He called it “spooky action at a distance” and was a bit disturbed by it. I wish he were alive today to go back to work in the lab. Ahhh. But yeah, I’m a science nerd to my brother. Nice to meet you. Lol. :)

Here’s some more info on the faster-than-light stuff

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faster-than-light

Have you read The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot? It’s interesting. Half of it is kind of stupid, but the first half is interesting!

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Profile photo of Jon Leo Jon Leo (@d503) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@adamsmith , @yoinkie, I have read the Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot and the Elegant Universe by Brian Green literally simultaneously. I think its fascinating to have both of those perspectives (not contradictory at all which may be the most fascinating thing about them) side by side and then go off into the world and try to figure things out for myself.

I’ve started to view my own mind’s eye as a reality creating machine. I also understand now that it can be reprogrammed which has gotten me interested in hypnosis, dreams and psychology. My next steps as far as reading go will certainly be the works of Carl Jung, Emmanuel Kant and Sigmund Freud.

A wonderful piece of truth that I gathered from interpolating the understanding from an eBook called Axioms by Robert Brown, the holographic universe and from studying partial differential equations and non-linear equations is that CONTRADICTIONS DON’T EXIST. The concept of mutual exclusivity as we know is it outdated. There can be multiple solutions to the problem that are one-dimensionally mutually exclusive but can both exist simultaneously.

This morning I came up with an idea that I could only name the Reverse Occam’s Razor. According to Occam’s razor, if you have two equally valid and provable solutions, take the more simple one or the one that has fewer dependencies. That makes sense if you want to continue making more science, because you need to push forward linearly. But if you’re simply working to understand a concept, why cut anything? Keep them all and view them simultaneously as valid solutions. It’s like in The Holographic universe where they saw the spirit in the forest dying but it was also a naturally observable phenomenon.

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