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Holographic Universe

  1. Oct 29, 2008 #1
    Alright, well I'm new to this, so don't yell at me for not being very good.

    So I was reading about the Holographic Universe Theory and is it me or is it very depressing? I mean really...if that is the truth and the world is fake and imaginary, why would you ever actually want to tell everyone about it? I was just reading about it and watching a short introductory movie on it and i started to feel depressed!

    I understand that the point of science is to find the truth and that although we may not like what the truth is sometimes, but in the end, if that is the truth, is it really worth telling everyone that the universe and everything and everyone you know and have ever met isn't real? It's terrible if you think about it, if it were a widely accepted theory, there probably would have been a lot of suicides because of it... Really... in this instance... ignorance is bliss.
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  3. Oct 29, 2008 #2
    Well I don't know what you've been reading, but as I see it the Holographic Universe Theory could refer to two things, neither of which are claiming that the universe is some sort of Holodeck, as you seem to think.

    1: (Proper Science) The principle that the description of a volume of space should be thought of as encoded on a boundary to the region. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_Universe

    2 (Paranormal) Michael Talbot's book on the relationship between consciousness and quantum physics (I've written a review at http://www.chronon.org/Science/The_holographic_universe.php)
  4. Oct 29, 2008 #3
    Well, I guess I didn't elaborate enough. I don't think that what it was saying is that we're on a holodeck. What I meant was that it seems sort of depressing that (from what I've read and watched...allegedly) that we don't actually know what's going on in front of us. That we might think that we're walking into a room but really we could be walking off a cliff (I got that from What The Bleep Do We Know).

    oh and I was reading Talbot's book... i must not have understood it all that well, cuz what I got from that was that we might not actually know what the world really looks like, only what we perceive, which could be grossly wrong. Maybe I missed something...or a lot of it.
  5. Oct 29, 2008 #4


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    That movie is just a load of crap. I wouldn't put much stock in what is said in it.
  6. Oct 29, 2008 #5
    Hmm...Okay...I guess I am somewhat ignorant on the real physics behind all this stuff...I'm just getting into Physics and I like it a lot so I figured I'd expand on what I know...guess I don't know enough to tell yet.
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