According to various sects of religion, our life on Earth is merely an illusion or a precursor to the great beyond. And now, a group of theoretical physicists and astrophysicists are saying that they agree with this theory due to substantial evidence.
In a new study, the scientists revealed their evidence supporting the theory that everything we encounter during our life in this universe could, in fact, be a vast illusion.
Scientists from Canada, Italy, and the UK stumbled upon this conclusion during a study of irregularities in the cosmic microwave background(CMB), otherwise known as the afterglow of the Big Bang.
While this research may seem new, a theory regarding a holographic universe was actually presented in the 1990s. According to the theory, everything that composes our 3D reality is actually just another part of our 2D plain.
While the theory had been presented in the 1990s up until now, it has rarely been tested. However, due to the researcher’s discovery, new mathematical models have suggested that the theory of a possible Holographic Universe could indeed be true. And thanks to the new study, more light has come to the surface regarding the theory.
By examining large volumes of data that was collected by telescopes and other advanced equipment to study the “white noise” of the CMB and seek out irregularities, the team has begun ironing out inconsistencies between the theory of gravity and quantum physics. Due to this new information, the researchers believe they may have an explanation of the universe being a hologram.
In one comparison made by the co-author of the study, Professor Kostas Skenderis, the new theory was compared to viewing a 3D movie at the cinema.
Despite the fact that a 3D movie is not a hologram, we still feel as though the pictures we are viewing have depth, while in fact, what we are seeing is a 2D screen.
“Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions (and your perception of time) in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field. The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card. However, this time, the entire universe is encoded,” he said.
Continuing, he explained why he thought that based on the study, we are living in a hologram.
“I do think we live in a hologram, and I think if we move forward in time, say 50 years from now, then physics will look very different in the same way that physics from the 20th century now looks different. Holography is a huge leap forward in the way we think about the structure and creation of the universe. Einstein’s theory of general relativity explains almost everything large scale in the universe very well but starts to unravel when examining its origins and mechanisms at a quantum level.
Scientists have been working for decades to combine Einstein’s theory of gravity and quantum theory. Some believe the concept of a holographic universe has the potential to reconcile the two. I hope our research takes us another step towards this,” Professor Skenderis said.
While it may seem strange to believe, isn’t it fascinating to think that we could actually be living inside of an illusion? Furthermore, isn’t it all the more amazing that there could indeed be something bigger and better waiting for us on the other side? Of course, such theories are nearly impossible to wrap our minds around, however, if we are living inside of an illusion, what greater time than now could there be to prepare for the real life lying ahead?