The Holographic Universe
The subatomic nature of reality remains quite the mystery and the discovery of “non-locality” (the fact that “dividing” reality has a limitation) is one indication that we live in a holographic universe. The term hologram used in this scenario is an abstract description or metaphor and the theory of a holographic universe implies that reality is more like an image or a software program rather than a piece of hardware or something that is solid. As stated on the Independent website: “A team of physicists have provided what has been described by the journal Nature as the “clearest evidence yet” that our universe is a hologram. The idea of the universe existing as a ‘hologram’ doesn’t refer to a Matrix-like illusion, but the theory that the three dimensions we perceive are actually just “painted” onto the cosmological horizon – the boundary of the known universe.”
“Space-time” is a term used to describe the three dimensions of space (height, width and depth) combined with the notion of time (which is regarded as the fourth dimension). Both space and time exist in relation to one another and the concept of them being interwoven is quite ancient. An old saying amongst the 16th century Jewish scholars went: “HaMakom V’HaZman Echad Hu” which translates to: “Time and space are one”. Merging the concepts of space and time into a single continuum has simplified various physical theories and provided a logical understanding of how the universe works at either the subatomic (micro-scale) or supergalactic (macro-scale) level. So what about a reality that is not measurable or directly accessible? Is our world but a sub-set of a larger reality? Both the Bible and Kabbalah claim it is and today, physicists accept that it is. Whilst physical life is confined to the dimensions of space-time and bounded by the laws of physics, our reality is but a sub-set of a larger reality. If the universe is the result of random and unguided events, how do we justify morality, the laws of logic and the uniformity in nature (the preconditions of intelligibility[i])? If the universe was merely a cosmic accident, why are the laws of nature consistent?
What is a Hologram?
The term Hologram is Greek in origin — “holos” means whole or complete and “gram” means message or writing. The essence of a hologram: every part of the “gram” (message) contains information of the whole. Holography has been made possible by the creation of the laser beam — a pure and consistent wavelength of light. A beam splitter is required to split a laser beam into two parts. The first beam (known as reference beam) hits the plate/film directly. The second beam (object beam) is aimed at the object being holographed (the assistance of mirrors to aim the beams maybe required). The laser beam strikes the object and bounces back-off the object with the image encoded within. When the object beams collides with the reference beam, an interference pattern is created on a holographic plate or piece of film (an interference pattern is caused by the collision of two waves – conceptually, think of dropping two stones in a pond and watching the ripples from each stone collide). Once a new laser (or light source) illuminates the plate or film containing the interference pattern, a 3-dimensional construction of the image is displayed (This high resolution image could be still or animated). If you were to cut the plate or film in half or quarters, each part would contain all information required to construct the whole image. Holograms are very efficient in terms of information storage; even one square inch of film can store a vast quantity of data. The efficiency of data storage that a hologram provides may offer clues as to how human brains can hold a life time of memories.
The building blocks of matter –particles, also behave as waves #wave-particle-duality. This means, there are an exceptional amount of waves around us, waves that collide and cause interference patterns. Everything we see in the physical world is composed of interference patterns which are caused by colliding these waves. Theoretical Physicist Fred Alan Wolf describes quantum physics as: “Probabilities for which actualities manifest”. Our brains behave as a filter and render a 3-dimensional model of reality inside of our heads, including the appearance of all objects (texture, colours and shades) – in one sense, these objects are not solid and don’t actually exist. In the quantum world, the terms “object” and “separation” become redundant. Replace these words with the term “relationship” — everything is connected, on the micro-scale there are no objects and there is no separation. Is reality but a persistent illusion? Do we exist within a virtual environment, like some kind of computer game? Our physical reality is similar to a piece of software that is governed by fixed laws. Reality has a persistent illusion of solidity when in actual fact, nothing is solid. There appears to be an underlying, governing hardware (or a non-physical, transcendent reality that is independent of space and time) for which our virtual reality runs off. We can’t directly access this underlying non-physical “hardware” but we do have definite evidence of its existence and also evidence of “entities” that access our space-time.
[i] Jason Lisle, The Ultimate Proof of Creation (Master Books, 2009), 42.