Everyone remembers The Matrix: the 1999 science fiction classic about a world where machines have placed the majority of humanity in a pseudo-reality. The story itself isn’t entirely original as it takes its premise from an old thought experiment called the “Brain in a Vat,” but the film certainly has brought up the questions philosophers were debating to the mainstream public.
And it appears that these questions will continue to plague us as new evidence suggests that not just our world, but our entire universe may be a mere projection from the real world.
Soon after he published his Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein began to postulate that gravity was not an attracting force, as Sir Isaac Newton had proposed, but instead a distortion in space-time. Space-time is our currently accepted model of reality wherein there are 3 dimensions of space (length, width, height) governed by the fourth dimension of time. This distortion would be the reason two parallel moving objects could meet. Unfortunately, Einstein’s theory faltered when applied to quanta (smallest amount of anything) due to the fact that it caused singularity (made the results indefinable) since quanta could not distort spacetime.
What does Einstein’s gravity have to do with our universe being a hologram? For starters, physicists have been trying, for years, to connect his idea with quantum mechanics. String theory was developed as one such solution, the idea being that vibrating one-dimensional strings, not quanta, were the smallest building blocks of everything. Though these strings exist in a 10-dimensional universe (9 space and 1 time), physicist Dr. Juan Maldacena proposed that these were all holographic projections of the “real” universe where there was no gravity.
Japanese physicist Yoshifumi Hyakutake and his colleagues have recently published two papers which provide more evidence to support this Matrix theory. I can’t exactly go into the details of the papers since they haven’t been made available online (and I doubt I could explain them accurately anyway), but they have been verified by the science community nonetheless.
While I’m sure many are disappointed that rogue A.I. aren’t responsible for our world being fake, it is fascinating to know just how many other cosmos there are. In his book, The Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot proposed that this may even be the reason for paranormal phenomenon observed on Earth.
Whatever the case, it’s clear that we are not alone.
This article is part of a series of reports by the YPV community aiming to raise awareness about the importance of science in our society and the need to substitute defense spending with funding for it.