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The holographic universe?

  1. May 26, 2004 #1
    the holographic universe???

    Greetings and Hi all =)

    Is there such a thing, a holographic universe? I recently stumbled upon this concept while browsing through some magazines.

    I would like to ask a few questions. Could someone please provide the answers to the following questions >>> What is the theory of a holographic universe essentially about? How is it that the universe we live in can be said to be holographic? Is it an established and proven idea?

    Im sure this is the right place to ask because this idea of a holographic universe is a cosmological question. But i am not sure if it had been asked before. If there was, could someone kindly redirect me to the thread?

    Thank you for your time =)
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  3. May 27, 2004 #2
    The holographic universe is the idea that the universe is two-dimensional rather than three-dimensional, the 3rd being a sort of illusion, just like 2d holograms can hold information about 3d objects.

    To the best of my knowledge this view comes around from entropy observations, where for example the entropy of a black hole is equal to the schwarzhild surface measured in planck lengths.

    I'm certain that it is not a proved idea and pretty certain that it is not an established idea either.
  4. May 30, 2004 #3
    The Holographic Universe

    According to Talbot's theory (and most I've looked at), the "Holographic Universe" theory is basically summed up as;

    "The reflection of the whole is encompassed within the smallest particle."

    Therefore, no electron is distinguishable from another (in fact, some Holographic theories subscribe to the disturbing conclusion that there is only ONE electron in the entire Universe!)
    Now I wouldn't go that far...

    However, Holographic Universe theory does CONFIRM FTL communication (non-locality), and does CONFIRM the retention of "memory" of each electron.

    Not a bad theory (better than most), but it still doesn't explain Dark Matter, so in the end, its useless...
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