Our World May Be a Giant Hologram ….

For the past seven years, the German GEO600 set-up, near Hannover, has been looking for gravitational waves – ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes. GEO600 has not detected any gravitational waves so far, but it might inadvertently have made the most important discovery in physics for half a century.
For many months, the GEO600 team-members had been scratching their heads over inexplicable noise that is plaguing their giant detector. Then, out of the blue, a researcher approached them with an explanation. In fact, he had even predicted the noise before he knew they were detecting it. According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time – the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into "grains", just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. "It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time," says Hogan.
If this doesn’t blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab’s Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram."
The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and something with a pretty firm theoretical footing. It has also been surprisingly helpful for physicists wrestling with theories of how the universe works at its most fundamental level.
The holograms you find on credit cards and banknotes are etched on two-dimensional plastic films. When light bounces off them, it recreates the appearance of a 3D image. In the 1990s physicists Leonard Susskind and Nobel prizewinner Gerard ‘t Hooft suggested that the same principle might apply to the universe as a whole. Our everyday experience might itself be a holographic projection of physical processes that take place on a distant, 2D surface. The "holographic principle" challenges our sensibilities. It seems hard to believe that you woke up, brushed your teeth and are reading this article because of something happening on the boundary of the universe. No one knows what it would mean for us if we really do live in a hologram, yet theorists have good reasons to believe that many aspects of the holographic principle are true … read more …

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8 thoughts on “Our World May Be a Giant Hologram ….

  1. LAIRD

    So I am part of an aliens credit card ? I always thought that the continuous line of time and space was ‘old hat and that Space and time while relative are symbiotic and more like the tangle of wires attached to this computer [:( ]..!

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  2. Judex

    Everyday I and my Dog, Rex, see Energies in the form of a light travelling at medium speed, maybe 20 km/hr. Our earthly thinking and earthly experiences are limited. There must be something more simple, faster and lighter that we cannot feel with our human limitations. It is quite possible that there are some processes unfolding on another plane, that affect us below here.

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  3. Judex

    Kate, I am still thinking about the World being a giant hologram !I get burnt in the sun and assume that the projection of the hologram burns us by its light etc. How about getting wet in the rain ? The rain is not the projection of a hologram, but it gets me real wet to the bones !Hours or days of thinking ahead !

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  4. Ye Olde

    Ahh, hi again Kate,nice to see you again,Ran out of time before I could to comment…Quantum physics seems to be one of those sciences where seemingly clever and very educated people have an idea…what if??? and then try to think of a way to prove the most impossible and outrageous of ideas…by making it up!! :-)The truth is we dont know, and in all probability will never know how the universe works…. but then is it our place to do so? ( that’s a whole new discussion point )Judex… that’s easy.. hologram operating with the safety protocols turned off…. very real danger!Sadly I think I’m turning into some kind of Trekkie, so I will wish you well Kate,and bid you adieu.Take care my friend.One to beam up Mr. LaForge 😉

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  5. europasicewolf

    Quantum physics Kate?!! You certainly have wide ranging interests! I have just done a flying overview of your some of your blogs – you have some fascinating posts here and I look forward to padding through again for a closer inspection 😉 Have a lovely week out there in Cape Town!

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    1. Coffee With Kate Post author

      Icewolf, I am I admit, constantly curious which is probably why I have a wide range of interests. Some are long term, some are not. But the process of discovery is always fun.
      Cape Town is in windy turmoil today, the sea is choppy and windswept, every new day provides a changing landscape..
      Take care and thanks for visiting.

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