Reality—An Illusion? The Universe May Be A Hologram
The question of what is reality has been raised numerous times. If time is an illusion, your personal reality differs from the person next to you, and there is still a discussion about how humans got to Earth and why, then what is real? New York Times best-selling author Chuck Klosterman argues that everything we believe in may be proven wrong in the next century, that anything that we view as a fact must be considered a mere hypothesis. He also writes that we are probably living in a strange, multidimensional reality we do not yet fully understand. Few scientists take this idea that our reality is not what we think to a new level with a theory that everything is a hologram. That theory is supported by other scientists, and spiritual channelings, and one of the most talked-about entrepreneurs in the world Elon Musk believes that there is only “one in a billion” (chance) that we do not live in a “computer simulation.”
The Entire Universe – A Complex Hologram
“Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions (and your perception of time) in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field,” said Professor of Theoretical Physics Kostas Skenderis.
A hologram is a three-dimensional image that is encoded in a two-dimensional surface. You can think about it like a 3D movie; it looks three-dimensional to you, but in reality the screen is flat.
This is what some scientists believe our whole world is, and the theory has persisted since the 1990s. Now it comes with new evidence.
Scientists arrived at this theory by studying the “afterglow” of the Big Bang seen in the newest, more powerful telescopes. The Big Bang afterglow is cosmic radiation that is still seen today, which could be as old as 13.7 billion years from its creation. This “afterglow” or the cosmic microwave background (CMB) comes from the original moment of the universe’s creation and contains a lot of data in its “white noise.”
If the whole universe is a hologram, that means all of the information, including time is stored on a 2D surface. Therefore every experience we have may be an illusion.
Scientists say we may be able to understand this hologram more in the next five years. This research is being conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy, among other countries.
Skenderis said: “Holography is a huge leap forward in the way we think about the structure and creation of the universe.”
However, just because we live in a universe that is a hologram, does not mean we can tell the difference. So for us, it is all real.
A Word on Elon Musk and Simulation
If our universe is a hologram, is there more chance that this is all a simulation? The idea
of Earth being a “computer simulation” has been re-made popular by Elon Musk, entrepreneur famous for SpaceX and Tesla. He made a strong statement in 2016 saying that there is only about 1 in a billion chance that we do not live in a simulation, that it is likely close in resemblance to the Matrix. The theory is known as the “Simulation hypothesis.”
He says because the universe is 13.8 billion of years old, and based on calculation of how fast human technology is improving, there is a huge chance that some life somewhere in the universe has already grown to the point of being able to create artificial realities. If we are living in one, there probably are many. Perhaps even millions or billions of “fake universes” are out there.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson also agrees that there is a 50/50 chance that Musk is correct.
The way science is trying to find out if this is a simulation is by finding glitches that would be sure to exist in a video game or a Matrix. Since we have not noticed anything major up to this point, the glitches must be subtle.
Another theory is that it is an internal simulation more so than external, many game designers are more interested in this theory. It would mean that glitches should happen internally or from within us. This theory may explain why events in quantum physics act strange when observed by us.
At any rate, the first study about proving this to be a simulated reality has brought inconclusive results, but the theory lives on.
“The strongest argument for us being in a simulation, probably being in a simulation is the following: 40 years ago, we had pong, two rectangles and a dot. That is what games were. Now 40 years later we have photorealistic 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality, if you assume any rate of improvement at all, the games will become indistinguishable from reality,” Musk said in an interview.
What do you think? Are we living in a hologram or simulated reality?