Members of Echa and Science world, it is no longer news that there are theories that claim that the universe may be a giant hologram. These theories are called holographic theories, and they have been around since the 1990s.
Holographic theories make the bold claim that our perceived 3D (plus time) experience of the universe is a holographic projection of a 2D reality. And according to recent reports, there are findings from the microwave background radiation that seems to prove the theory.
The holographic theory is been viewed as a possible solution to the problem of quantum gravity. The proponents of the theory envisage that it could solve the unification problem of physics.
Now, according to the holographic theories, the early phases of the big bang was the holographic phase, where space and time were still being formed. However, at a later time, we had the geometric phase where Einstein field equations become relevant.
The holographic principle is also found in string theory where it is applied in the investigation of the quantum nature of gravity. Gravitons which are particles like photons are assumed to carry or mediate the gravitational interaction. In the holographic principle, gravitons are seen as vibrating strings that “make up the holograms of events that happen in 3D space within a flat cosmos.”
However, we still have to ask ourselves: are these holographic theories true? Can the universe be a hologram? Like I sometimes say, we have to become very philosophical about our theories and seek more than anything else to understand the true existing nature of the universe.
This is why this blog is very important. In this blog, we explicate scientific truth. And we are concerned about holographic theories and if they have any relevance for science. Now, in this blog, we have The Theory of the Universe, and from the expositions of this theory, holographic theories are not true. They are a step too far. We must be very careful how we reduce our experiences of the universe to illusions.
Yes, we may have designed or invented technological holograms, but we must know that they do not have a replica at the fundamental operations of the universe. The universe is not a giant hologram, and our 3D experiences of the universe are not illusions.The universe is not a giant hologram, and our 3D experiences of the universe are not illusions.Click To Tweet
This brings me to a very important point. Some holographic theories deny or seek to refute the real existence of time. I do not subscribe to this move at all. In fact, it is because of this proposition against the existence of time that I was prompted to write this article. We should never deny or reduce the reality of time and even of space. These entities are real, and they constitute the bedrock of reality!
If time is not real, what else is? I understand that our desperate search for the theory of everything has made us wander in our imagination, but this can no longer continue. We will now propose scientific ideas within the boundary of truth.
Concerning space and time, post-modern physics is reassuring us of their existence and also exposing the true nature of space and time to us. While the holographic theories divide reality into two levels, 2D and 3D, post-modern physics is teaching us to divide reality into the two levels, the physical universe and the metaphysical universe.
So, in the holographic theories of modern physics, our 3D experiences of the universe are projections of the 2D flat universe, but in post-modern physics, our physical perceptions and experiences of the universe are approximations of the metaphysical nature of the universe.
A holographic image… Pixabay
One good thing about holographic theories is that they indicate or represent our suspicion of the inherent elusiveness of reality. They represent our suspicion that our experiences of the universe may not conform to the true nature of reality. This I agree, but holographic theories are not the way to capture the elusive nature of reality.
Nature is really subtle, I mean very subtle, and our holographic theories really underestimate the subtlety of nature. They cannot reveal to us the “deceptive” nature of reality. General relativity was the end of physical theoreticizing, and we no longer need any other kind of physical theory to capture the elusive nature of reality, we now need a metaphysical theory.
The true hidden way of reality is metaphysical. It is not hidden in holographic theories or in high mathematics and extensive concepts. I don’t want us to be fooled into thinking that these holographic theories can help us capture the hidden operations of the universe. They cannot in any way.
According to post-modern physics, we can call the physical universe a projection of the metaphysical universe, but it’s not in the way that the 3D experience is a projection of a 2D reality as proposed by holographic theories. Understanding how the physical universe is an approximation or a “projection” of the metaphysical universe is what we need to capture the subtlety of reality and not any 2D and 3D relationship.
Space at all levels is 3 dimensional, whether in the physical universe or in the metaphysical universe. This is important, for it shows us that our notion of 3D space is preserved in the true description of the laws of the universe.
We don’t need to touch or refute this our common notion of the dimensions of space in order to understand the universe. This is a very important achievement of post-modern physics which is a revolutionary departure from the 4D (plus time) mathematical structure of other proposed unified field theories since Kaluza-Klein.
The notion from holographic theories that the universe is a programmed physical simulation and not a purposeful metaphysical place must be discarded. We must make this necessary shift in our mental perception of the universe. We should not reduce the universe to a giant computer machine which it is not.
Gravity, light and every other phenomenon of nature cannot be understood or deciphered using the holographic theories. These phenomena are real, and they only become approximations or “illusions” when we analyse them within the purview of physical science. Their true nature or operation is hidden in metaphysical science and not in some 2D substrate or version of reality.
In other words, we would better come to the truth by realizing that our physical experiences of the universe emerge from the metaphysical base of the universe, and not from holographic theories which claim that our 3D experiences of the universe emerge from the 2D version of reality. I want you to see how post-modern physics changes the way we go about discovering the laws behind the laws.
Furthermore, holographic theories are based on the singularity interpretation of the big bang which posits or maintains that the universe was birthed from a singularity that existed at the beginning of creation.
This holographic description of the universe based on the singularity interpretation of the big bang does not find any relevance in post-modern physics. In post-modern physics, we find the commonality interpretation of the big bang. So, the holographic theories do not fit the true cosmological description of the universe. This also extends to general relativity which it seeks to maintain.
So, even the description of how the early universe was a hologram does not find its way into post-modern physics. The commonality interpretation of the big bang or the early universe does not accommodate our holographic theories.
Also, in post-modern physics, our investigation of the microwave background radiation will be within the context of the commonality interpretation of the big bang which rightly accounts for the homogeneous properties of this radiation. This time calls for deep reflections about the way we do science and go about searching for the final theory.
Some of us are realists and we still believe in the existence of scientific truth. So, more than anything else, we would want our theories to come closer to the truth as is possible. This is why this article is important. It informs us that holographic theories do not come close to the truth about the universe. They are not fundamental theories in any sense and so should be seen as such.
Moreover, holographic theories present to us a bold revelation that at a fundamental level the universe is flat and that the curvature of the universe (as even predicted by general relativity) is a result of the 3D projections of the flat 2D level of reality.
Holographic theories are one of the theories maintaining that reality is Euclidean, and even if they do not come boldly to confront general relativity, they inevitably will at some point. Post-modern physics, while not proving holographic theories, corroborates the point the universe is flat or Euclidean but with a profound twist to it.
The profound twist comes from the fact that in post-modern physics, while the assertion that the universe is flat has physical geometrical consequences, the one most important to understand is the experiential content of the assertion. Most times, in post-modern physics, when I talk about the flat or Euclidean nature of reality, I am referring to the experiential and not the geometrical presentation of reality or the universe.
In post-modern physics, a beyond-physical-geometrical meaning is giving to the assertion that the universe is flat. We only represent it geometrically or physically so that we can have a picture of the true experiential nature of the universe. Euclidean laws are beyond mere physical geometricizations, they are experiential.Euclidean laws are beyond mere physical geometricizations, they are experiential.Click To Tweet
We don’t just observe and make geometries when we move, we also internally experience geometry. This may be hard to understand if you are not familiar with the way post-modern physics changes how we do and understand physics itself. So, while holographic theories maintain the flatness of the universe at an externally geometrical level, post-modern physics maintains the flatness of the universe at an internally experiential level. You have to understand these distinctions.
In other words, in holographic theories, we have the geometrically flat universe, but in post-modern physics, we have the experientially flat universe. Both are really different ways of looking at Euclidean laws or “geometry” in a broader sense. It is important that we now understand how the universe is flat at an experiential level. It is all tied to gravi-electromagnetic orthogonality which is an important axiom in post-modern physics.
The experiential nature of the universe, which holographic theories, being physical theories, cannot capture, reveals to us a flat experiential geometry. Also, while holographic theories maintain that the curvature of the 3D universe emerges from the flat 2D universe, post-modern physics maintains that the externally geometrical universe emerges from the internally experiential universe.
We are just looking at the experiential foundation of Euclidean laws. So, when I inform you that the universe is flat or that the universe is Euclidean, I want you to know that it goes deeper, beyond physical geometry. Our common sensation and notion that the universe is flat come from a deep experience of the flat universe in which physical geometry cannot show.
So, to further understand this article, it is important that we distinguished between the two levels of understanding Euclidean laws by introducing alongside the concept of geometry the new concept of experientry. Experientry is a new field of study that encompasses how Euclidean laws go beyond physical geometrical descriptions, and in post-modern physics, experientry precedes geometry.
We have to understand the experiential universe! That’s where the true laws of the universe are hidden! Physical geometry is just an emergent aspect of the universe. Behind physical geometry is metaphysical experientry, which is a qualitatively new way of understanding the universe. I want you to get my treatise, all my scientific articles on this blog including my propositions in this article result from it.
Like I said, the universe is very subtle, and like Einstein once said: “Subtle is the Lord”. Physical geometry is not enough to assist us to understand the entire subtlety of the universe. We need other ideas and newer concepts. Post-modern physics brings us these much-needed ideas and concepts. Post-modern physics reveals to us the “something huge” that we have been missing about the universe.
In the end, while post-modern physics dismisses holographic theories as possible fundamental theories, it still shows us how holographic theories come close to the truth or why they seem right.
Firstly, post-modern physics agree with holographic theories that reality is elusive and subtle but differ in how it captures this subtlety of the universe. And secondly, post-modern physics agrees with holographic theories that the universe is flat but goes about it in a different manner from holographic theories.
All these are the brilliant results of the great consummation, which is a post-modern program aimed at capturing all truths about the universe, even those hidden in our wrong theories. Post-modern physics is setting aright the inverted picture we had about the universe.
Finally, holographic theories are a step too far, and due to the revelations of post-modern physics, holographic theories will remain relevant for technological accomplishments and not as any model of the fundamental theory.
Until next time.
For scientific truth!
– M. V. Echa