Is the Universe a Hologram?

Is the universe a hologram, where 3D information is coded into 2D space? Is it true that actual reality exists on some other plane, which is hidden from us in our current state of awareness, and where secret dimensions offer possibilities for action, which are currently invisible to us? That has been the view of most of the world’s great religions for millennia, and it was the world envisioned in The Matrix and many other science fiction movies.

Now, says the journal Nature (“Simulations back up theory that the Universe is a hologram,” December, 2013) new research from well-recognized scientists offers “compelling evidence,” for the idea. Many new studies are supporting the notion that our universe may indeed operate as a hologram. Scientists are unraveling the evidence from data developed previously for string theory—“a model for how the universe works,” that was born out of theoretical physics and proposed to the scientific community as far back as the 1960s. In the 1990s, in an attempt to reconcile the law of gravity with quantum mechanics, physicist Juan Maldacena proposed string theory. Maldacena believes the universe has to be a hologram.

In The Matrix, what is thought to be the real world is only an illusion. More than a few believe that may be the way things actually are, but who can be sure—everything being an illusion and all?


Death Is an Illusion, Says Top Biologist

Life after death is real and can be proven claims a celebrated biologist. According to Robert Lanza from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the universe is a creation of our consciousness, not the other way around.

The idea is based on the principles of quantum physics, as in the famous double-slit experiment, which proves the behavior of a subatomic particle can be controlled by a person’s perception of it. When researchers watch a particle pass through a multi-holed barrier, it travels like a bullet through a single slit. When it is not watched, it moves through multiple holes like a wave. The universe only exists, he says, because we are conscious of it, so the concept of death cannot exist in any real sense. As for life after death, Lanza thinks our life becomes a “perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse.”

Lanza’s elegant new theory is explained in his recent book, Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.