As you know I am always fascinated with the idea of the Matrix and the claim that we could be living in a sort of computer program or hologram. Yes I know this sounds like a bunch of malarkey, but believe it or not there is a lot of sound science behind these ideas and very soon they could answer the questions of whether or not we live in a “real world.”
I have done a bit of research on this topic as I think it is very bizarre and would be insane if found to be true. There was a study done by the University of Bonn in Germany that found what they believe to be evidence that suggest we are indeed living in a simulation. Below is from an article that states their findings, I posted it because they explain it far better than I can.
What they find is interesting. They say that the lattice spacing imposes a fundamental limit on the energy that particles can have. That’s because nothing can exist that is smaller than the lattice itself. So if our cosmos is merely a simulation, there ought to be a cut off in the spectrum of high energy particles. It turns out there is exactly this kind of cut off in the energy of cosmic ray particles, a limit known as the Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin or GZK cut off. This cut-off has been well studied and comes about because high energy particles interact with the cosmic microwave background and so lose energy as they travel long distances. But Beane and co calculate that the lattice spacing imposes some additional features on the spectrum. “The most striking feature…is that the angular distribution of the highest energy components would exhibit cubic symmetry in the rest frame of the lattice, deviating signiﬁcantly from isotropy,” they say.In other words, the cosmic rays would travel preferentially along the axes of the lattice, so we wouldn’t see them equally in all directions. That’s a measurement we could do now with current technology. Finding the effect would be equivalent to being able to to ‘see’ the orientation of lattice on which our universe is simulated.
Below is the full article if interested
So yeah that is nuts! There are a few problems with their findings though, so the jury is still out.
The other day I found another article where a team of researchers are studying something similar. They claim that the universe is a 2D projection. The funny thing about this experiment is that it is being conducted in a trailer in the middle of nowhere Illinois. Kind of funny that one of the most important questions we are trying to answer about our universe may be figured out in a trailer. Anyways…
The article is pretty short and does not have a ton of information about what they are doing other that it involves lasers. Give it a read if you are interested.
I am having a tough time understanding what is meant by a 2D hologram? I know what a hologram is but I do not understand how it relates to our “reality.” I understand the computer simulation argument better, but that does not mean that it is right, obviously. The problem with the second study is that it will take over a year to gather enough info to find reach a conclusion.
So the big questions are does it matter that we could very well be living in a simulation or a hologram? I don’t know, this feels real, so I guess on some level that is all that matters. For me it is tough to accept knowing that this could all be a simulation of some sort. If that is the case, what is the real world like? Is this simulation modeled after the “real world” or is this simulation the most fantastic fantasy simulation the programmers could make? This line of questioning opens way too many possibilities and will start to hurt your brain after a while. But I think one of the most important questions we can ask is that, again, if this is true, who or what created the simulation? Yeah think on that one for a while. Funny how all this sounds like another Matrix movie, but in fact it could very well be the truth about our universe.