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A Brief Thought Experiment ~ The Holographic Principle

One thing science has taught us is reality often isn't what it seems to be. Our world is not flat. Solid objects are mostly made up of empty space. And time is relative.

Einstein's General Relativity led us to the mind-bending conclusion that singularities must exist in our universe (having since been verified as black holes). In the very same sense, one of the implications of String Theory is that the universe may be a projection stemming from the event horizon of a black hole.

This is known as the Holographic Principle

Your Reality

Put aside for a moment what the scientific implications of this are and ask yourself, "How likely are you to believe that the reality you experience is actually in two dimensions instead of three?"

Everything about your life suggests the opposite. You experience reality in three distinct physical dimensions. 

Yet when you look in a mirror, a 2-dimensional plane, you have no issue perceiving depth. If you enter certain movies equipped with a particular pair of flimsy glasses, you can experience 3D on a 2-dimensional movie screen. There's even 3D sidewalk chalk art so convincing that you have to do a double take to clarify what you just saw.

All this means is that your mind is capable of experiencing three dimensions even when only two exist. So you know you can be fooled. 

Yet you can't interact with the 3rd dimension in any of these scenarios. This is how you differentiate reality - or is it?

The Brain

Consider how you experience the physical world. Your brain takes in a number of sensory inputs and does its best to make sense of the data. 

Your eyes absorb light that send electric signals to your brain via your optic nerve. Your ears receive vibrations of sound and translate them to electric signals sent to your brain through your auditory nerve. Even your sense of touch is a massive amount of receptors sending electrical impulses to your brain. 

What you think of seeing, hearing, and touch is not at all what your brain is doing. There is no "sound" or "light" in your brain. Your brain is not observing anything.

The reality you observe around you, from your brain's perspective, is merely made up of a massive amount of electrical impulses.


You perceive depth because your brain is capable of interpreting the different bits of data it receives. This is one of the benefits of having two eyes. 

Trying covering one up for a while and looking at something you're not familiar with, like a parking lot with lots of movement. Though your brain is great at filling in the gaps due to a lifetime of experience, it doesn't take long to notice that even though its slight, what you perceive with one eye is not exactly the same as with two. 

This doesn't suggest that reality changed - only your perception of reality changed.

Of course, depth isn't solely about vision. You can distinguish three dimensions with your eyes closed just by feeling around.

But how would you know the difference between your muscles, tendons, and sensors working together to push on your finger versus the feeling of pressing your finger into a wall. Either situation would require the same receptors sending information to your brain about what you are experiencing.

If you find this hard to imagine, consider wearing a virtual reality suit programmed to push back on you when you reached an imaginary wall. We may not have the technology yet to do this so convincingly as to be equated with reality, but does your brain?

The fact is, you have no way of knowing if you are experiencing reality in three dimensions or only in two dimensions giving the appearance of three.

So What's the Point?

Fear not. Nothing much changes in your everyday life whether you live in a holographic universe or not.

What's exciting about this possibility is that like any projection, there is ultimately a limit of clarity. Even the best digital image imaginable is a collection of pixels. 

Ultimately, you can always zoom in until the image becomes too pixelated ("fuzzy*) to even know what you're dealing with anymore. Yet what's important is that you could conceivably get down to a single pixel.

If reality is a hologram, what would it mean to identify the pixels of the universe?

More importantly, what might it be that is actually projecting the pixels?

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From the article:
"The results of such secular child-rearing are encouraging. Studies have found that secular teenagers are far less likely to care what the “cool kids” think, or express a need to fit in with them, than their religious peers. When these teens mature into “godless” adults, they exhibit less racism than their religious counterparts, according to a 2010 Duke University study. Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults."
" Another meaningful related fact: Democratic countries with the lowest levels of religious faith and participation today — such as Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Belgium and New Zealand — have among the lowest violent crime rates in the world and enjoy remarkably high levels of societal well-being. If secular people couldn't raise well-functioning, moral children, then a preponderance of them in a given society would spell societal disaster. Yet quite the opposite is the case."
More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation's history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in particular” in a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center .
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Yes I have. Someone already shared it in Secular Parenting. It's definitely encouraging. Now if we can only get religious people to understand the advantages of a secular lifestyle.

Thanks for the heads up +Dan Eastwood!
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"Venezuela was the most miserable country in the world in 2014."
Venezuela was the most miserable country in the world in 2014.
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"We are delighted to report that technology inventor Elon Musk, creator of Tesla and SpaceX, has decided to donate $10M to the Future of Life Institute to run a global research program aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity."

"There is now a broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily, and that its impact on society is likely to increase. A long list of leading AI-researchers have signed an open letter calling for research aimed at ensuring that AI systems are robust and beneficial, doing what we want them to do. Musk's donation aims to support precisely this type of research: "Here are all these leading AI researchers saying that AI safety is important", says Elon Musk. "I agree with them, so I'm today committing $10M to support research aimed at keeping AI beneficial for humanity." "
FLI catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.
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This was a repurposed Scientology commercial. 
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"Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. A new study by University of Georgia professor Edward Kipreos suggests that changes in how people think about time dilation—the slowing of time predicted by Albert Einstein—can provide an alternate explanation of dark energy."
Can Lorenz time dilation protect the universe from the big rip?

No.  This article is wrong.

And what's a guy with a biology degree doing talking about relativity?

-Ben Steber
MS, Cellular and Molecular biology and black hole model skeptic.
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"Carl Sagan, sobre dios y los dioses (subtitulado). Fragmento del episodio 10 de la famosa serie Cosmos[. En él] Carl Sagan habla sobre dios y los dioses, el enigma del origen del universo.
Subtitulado al castellano por Creareify."
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+Santiago Ochoa O sea, pensando estupideces o pendejadas.
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¿Será la dolarización la solución para Vzla?
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"Dollarization is associated with less misery."
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NOTITARDE, VENEZUELA: Mantener tres tipos de cambio solo llevará a la nación a un colapso:
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Very smart answer by Sri Nija: 
"Me: Hey god! Who do you think created you?
God: Jeez! No one created me!!
Me: So, does that make you an Atheist?
God: $&*^&$"
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Excellent answer to the question "Should atheism have an ethical component?"
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"Why I Am Not a Christian" by Bertrand Russell
Address to National Secular Society, South London branch 
Battersea Town Hall, March 6, 1927

I thought the following parts were interesting:

"... I come to certain points in which I do not believe that one can grant either the superlative wisdom or the superlative goodness of Christ as depicted in the Gospels; and here I may say that one is not concerned with the historical question. Historically, it is quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed at all, and if He did we do not know anything about him, so that I am not concerned with the historical question, which is a very difficult one. I am concerned with Christ as he appears in the Gospels, taking the Gospel narrative as it stands, and there one does find some things that do not seem to be very wise. For one thing, he certainly thought his second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all the people who were living at that time. There are a great many texts that prove that. He says, for instance, "Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of Man comes into his kingdom"; and there are a lot of places where it is quite clear that he believed his second coming would happen during the lifetime of many then living. That was the belief of his earlier followers, and it was the basis of a good deal of his moral teaching. When He said, "Take no thought for the morrow," and things of that sort, it was very largely because He thought the second coming was going to be very soon, and that all ordinary mundane affairs did not count. ... The early Christians really did believe it, and they did abstain from such things as planting trees in their gardens, because they did accept from Christ the belief that the second coming was imminent. In this respect, clearly He was not so wise as some other people have been, and He certainly was not superlatively wise.
It seems to me that the people who have held to it [the Christian religion] have been for the most part extremely wicked. You find this curious fact, that the more intense has been the religion of any period and the more profound has been the dogmatic belief, the greater has been the cruelty and the worse has been the state of affairs. In the so-called Ages of Faith, when men really did believe the Christian religion in all its completeness, there was the Inquisition, with all its tortures; there were millions of unfortunate women burned as witches; and there was every kind of cruelty practiced upon all sorts of people in the name of religion.
You may think that I am going too far when I say that that is still so, I do not think that I am. Take one fact. You will bear with me if I mention it. It is not a pleasant fact, but the churches compel one to mention facts that are not pleasant. Supposing that in this world that we live in today an inexperienced girl is married to a syphilitic man; in that case the Catholic Church says, "This is an indissoluble sacrament. You must endure celibacy or stay together. And if you stay together, you must not use birth control to prevent the birth of syphilitic children." Nobody whose natural sympathies have not been warped by dogma, or whose moral nature was not absolutely dead to all sense of suffering could maintain that it is right and proper that this state of things should continue.

That is only an example. There are a great many ways in which, at the present moment, the church, by its insistence upon what it chooses to call morality, inflicts upon all sorts of people undeserved and unnecessary suffering. And of course, as we know, it is in its major part an opponent still of progress and improvement in all the ways that diminish suffering in the world, because it has chosen to label as morality a certain narrow set of rules of conduct which have nothing to do with human happiness; and when you say that this or that ought to be done because it would make for human happiness, they think that has nothing to do with the matter at all. "What has human happiness to do with morals? The object of morals is not to make people happy.""
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