The Holographic Universe Explained

  • Published on: 10 April 2019
  • We live in a universe with 3 dimensions of space and one of time. Up, down, left, right, forward, back, past, future. 3+1 dimensions. Or so our primitive Pleistocene-evolved brains find it useful to believe. And we cling to this intuition, even as physics shows us that this view of reality may be only a very narrow perception. One of the most startling possibilities is that our 3+1 dimensional universe may better described as resulting from a spacetime one dimension lower – like a hologram projected from a surface infinitely far away.

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    The holographic principle emerged from many subtle clues – clues discovered over decades of theoretical exploration of the universe. Over the past several months on Space Time, we’ve seen those close clues, and we’ve built a the foundations needed to glimpse the true meaning of the holographic principle. We’ve moved from quantum field theory to black hole thermodynamics to string theory. We’ve made a background playlist if you want to start from scratch, and I especially recommend catching last week’s episode. But this is tough material, so let’s do a review.

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  • Chris Scaife
    Chris Scaife   1 hours ago

    so the flat earthers were right after all!

  • K
    K   18 hours ago

    It’s like the video is designed to make an already complicated issue ever moreso.

  • Mike Falkowski
    Mike Falkowski   1 days ago

    I think the holographic universe is shallow and pedantic 🤔

  • Arjana Misha
    Arjana Misha   1 days ago

    Folks go watch ken wheler, theoria apophasis for a simpler explanation of the holographic paradigm.

  • cata lina
    cata lina   2 days ago

    Ok so do want to get in the whole or what's the goal?

  • Chris Holman
    Chris Holman   3 days ago

    TLDR: Too many people with too much time contemplating their navel

  • Brenda García
    Brenda García   3 days ago

    I'm here because I just discovered the article that the CIA revealed about out of body experiences, consciousness and the universe being a hologram.

  • An Pr
    An Pr   3 days ago

    There are other presenters who explain hard concepts , way better than this guy and it's understandable.

  • Rachel Brown
    Rachel Brown   4 days ago

    Is there a "Holographic Universe Explained for dummies" video out there somewhere?

  • Psychoace
    Psychoace   4 days ago

    What up guys. The cia just confirmed this.

  • Joe Hinojosa
    Joe Hinojosa   4 days ago

    When I Don't TRY to Understand THIS,it starts to make SENSE♾

  • Hi Weeds
    Hi Weeds   4 days ago

    It's strange I've never learned of this before, I suppose most of my research is surface level.Very fasinating.

  • Simulation
    Simulation   4 days ago

    This channel rocks, it takes normies like us quite a while to assimilate, but we’re slowly getting it, thanks so much!! <3 :)

  • Stassi Pryce
    Stassi Pryce   5 days ago

    Was this meant to be understood by the average human brain bc im passed the middle point of the video and it's not getting any easier to understand lol

  • Nate Robinson
    Nate Robinson   5 days ago

    This is too hard to follow. Must watch all episodes and hope I understand something.

  • ManWithNoName
    ManWithNoName   6 days ago

    This makes absolute perfect sense. Just as I suspected...😶

  • Kian Curatolo
    Kian Curatolo   6 days ago

    Hey I'm curious if anyone knows. Is there a name for the study of hypothetical spaces? For an example of what was done in this video with the construction of the brains and other non-standard spacetimes.

  • elpi B
    elpi B   6 days ago

    so what you are saying is the earth is flat.

  • Freakymadafaka
    Freakymadafaka   1 weeks ago

    I need the holographic universe explained for dummies version

  • Shortbrowniecakes
    Shortbrowniecakes   1 weeks ago

    I had to pause the video when the bananas were brought in...I can’t...this was hilarious. I’ve always loved the mention of using a banana for scale.

    UNDERHILL   1 weeks ago

    Physics is just making new words. New words which mean entire concepts and other words. It's all just words.

  • Mike S
    Mike S   1 weeks ago

    People in the comments really like to brag about being stupid.

  • *The World Teacher - Jagadguru Svāmī Vegānanda*

The fact that the external, phenomenal universe (“prakṛti”, in Sanskrit) of names and forms (“nāmarūpa”, in Sanskrit/Pali) exists solely within personal consciousness (and by extension, Universal Consciousness), is superlatively logical. If this material world actually existed as a separate reality, then obviously, it would have limits, because the nature of matter is that it has a measurable, three-dimensional finity. Therefore, if one were to travel to the edge of the universe, there would need to be something WITHOUT the boundary of the universe (some other ’’universe’’, which contains this universe). This contradicts the very concept of a universe (literally, “turned into one”).The late, great Professor Dr. Alan Watts’ response to the question: “where is the universe located?”, was: “nowhere and everywhere”.This phenomenal manifestation is composed of space, time, energy, and matter, the latter of which comprises eight elemental groups – the five GROSS elements (“mahābhūta”, in Sanskrit), which are perceivable by at least one of the five senses, and the three SUBTLE elements (“tanmātra” or “atisūkṣma mātra”, in Sanskrit), which are symptomatic of localized consciousness.N. B. Dark matter is not included in this system, as cosmological science has yet to determine its structural composition.The five gross material elements and three subtle material elements are (from most gross to most subtle):SOLIDS (AKA earth – “bhūmiḥ” or “pṛthivī”, in Sanskrit) are made of densely-packed atoms and molecules of a steady shape at room temperature.LIQUIDS (AKA water – “jala” or “āpaḥ”, in Sanskrit) are composed of moderately dense molecules (usually including at least some water) of no fixed shape.GAS (AKA air – “vāyuḥ” or “marut”, in Sanskrit) consists of rarefied atomic particles of no fixed shape.HEAT (AKA fire – “analaḥ” or “tejas”, in Sanskrit) is made of kinetic energy (which may or may not appear visibly as fire, or at least heat waves).ETHER (AKA space – “ākāśa” or “khaṃ”, in Sanskrit) is a vacuum consisting of three-dimensional space (length, breadth, and width). However, recent investigation has confirmed that empty space is actually filled with virtual particles (matter and antimatter). Thus, the explanation for the material universe being created from “nothing” (anti-matter) is plausible, according to quantum field theory.MIND (“manaḥ”, in Sanskrit) is composed of sensual perceptions, instinctual thoughts, abstract images (including memories and fantasies), and emotions. Not all animals species possess a mind, but function purely on base instincts originating from their genetic code via the nerves.INTELLECT (“buddhiḥ”, in Sanskrit) consists of conceptual thoughts. Only the very higher species of animal life possess an intellectual capacity.PSEUDO-EGO (“ahaṃkāraḥ”, in Sanskrit) is comprised of the “I” thought (in this case, the illusory, temporal self-identity). Only humans possess the self-awareness necessary to question their own existence. Read Chapter 10 for a full elucidation of egoity.Each of the FIVE gross material elements corresponds to one of the senses of the body. E.g. In outer space, where there is a vacuum (ether), one can detect light with the eyes, yet space is not tactile and cannot be smelled or tasted, nor can sound waves travel via space. At the opposite extreme, solid matter can be seen with the eyes, felt with the sense of touch, tasted with the tongue, smelt with the nose, and heard with the ear (when the solid matter is physically vibrated).Beyond these eight material elements is the TRUE self – which pervades the entire body, and indeed, which is the Universal Self (“ayam ātmā brahma”, in Sanskrit). That explains why we say: “This is my hand”, “This is my mind”. Who is the owner of the body and the mind? It is us, the anti-matter, the inextinguishable authentic self/Self (“ātmana/Paramātmana”, in Sanskrit). Ultimately speaking, the Universal Self alone is.HOWEVER, all eight elements are in fact “made” of Consciousness, since, as demonstrated previously, naught but Consciousness exists. Consciousness is the ultimate reality (“prajñānam brahma”, in Sanskrit). Just as a wedding ring depends on gold for its very existence, so too does the phenomenal universe depend entirely on ”Beingness” or “Isness”, Consciousness, and Blissful Awareness.Although The Absolute cannot be verbally-described, (otherwise, it would be an OBJECT), as a concession to materialists, Infinite Consciousness has said to exhibit three innate attributes, known as “sacchidānanda”, a compounded Sanskrit epithet, consisting of the three words “sat”, “cit” and “ānanda” – Eternal Being(ness), Existence, or Truth; Conscious Knowledge; and Perfect Peace (often translated as “bliss”. However, the term “bliss” connotes a temporal experience of euphoria, whereas “peace” is the absence of any form of temporal suffering).Because Absolutely Nothing (“Brahman”, in Sanskrit) is Infinite Creative Potentiality, it actualizes as Absolutely Everything.Attributeless Consciousness at Rest (in Sanskrit, “Nirguna Brahman”) manifests as this phenomenal universe (Consciousness in Action, or in Sanskrit, “Saguna Brahman”).In REALITY there is no separation of anything at any time (assuming that Consciousness is a “thing”, and that time is an attribute of The Uncaused Absolute).The phenomenal manifestation is eternally cyclical, because ‘coming into existence’ implies ‘going out of existence’, just as ‘black’ implies the existence of ‘white’, or as ‘rich’ implies ‘poor’. Is it possible to have something without nothing? Obviously not, because the two go together, as interrelated opposites.Similarly, despite what most believe, the outer-world is as much the Self as the inner-world. Where is the boundary of the human body? When we look at a person, we cannot see that person UNLESS we also see the background image. The two are inseparable, just as a flower and a bee cannot exist without the other. This fact alone is ample evidence that the universe is a holistic and wholistic system or entity.You who are reading these words are that Totality of Existence, the Highest Universal Principle, the Essential Irreducible Self.In common parlance, you are God (IF you only knew it!).Most of the greatest sages in history have spoken about either or both these concepts (of the Absolute Truth being either Absolutely Everything or Absolute Nothingness), such as the concept of “nirvana” in Buddhism, or in Avatar Meher Baba's book “The Everything and the Nothing” (which is highly-recommended, particularly Chapters 51 to 56, which poetically describe the Ineffable One-without-a-second ). The Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics professor, Doctor Leonard Susskind's so-called “minus first law of physics” states that information is INDESTRUCTIBLE. This is akin to the law of conservation of energy in classical physics, and proves that neither physical or psychic energy is lost. Read subsequent chapters to learn more about how this law relates to the notion of reincarnation, as well as to miraculous phenomena such as savant syndrome. The planet on which we are residing consists of animate/organic life, as well as inanimate/inorganic matter.The six stages of ORGANIC life are:1. conception/birth2. growth/development3. maintenance4. reproduction5. ageing/deterioration6. deathBritish polymath Thomas Young's famous double-slit experiment suggests that matter exists purely as potentiality or as a "possibility" until it is observed by a conscious being. This phenomenon, known as the wave-particle duality, is often discussed in advanced spiritual discourses, as it gives credence to the primacy of Consciousness. There are other aspects of the universe (e.g. the various philosophical approaches to the nature of ontological time, the accelerated expanding universe, holographic universe principle, quantum superposition, wave function, and quantum entanglement), as well as the possibility of life on other planets, the crop circle phenomenon, and the presence of the Fibonacci sequence in nature, which are beyond the scope of this document, and which do not directly relate to the most important thing in life (to find the unending peace/happiness which we humans are ULTIMATELY seeking). “Find out who you REALLY are so that when death comes…there is no-one to kill, for while you are identified with your role, with your name, with your ego, there is someone to kill. But when you are identified with the whole universe, death finds you already annihilated and there’s no-one to kill”.Professor Alan W. Watts,British-American Philosopher. “Who is the perceiver?Universal Consciousness alone is the perceiver.The body is merely the mechanism, through which perceiving takes place and from which the ego is inferred, as the perceiver of other objects.Strictly speaking, there is neither the perceiver nor the perceived.There is only perceiving, as the objective expression of the subjective functioning, of the one Universal Consciousness.”***********“You have considered yourself to be a separate 'self', only because of having regarded a 'solid' object with a name, that is a body, as yourself. But in fact, the body itself is nothing, but an insignificant, vastly intricate complex of electrical wave-patterns, a series of rhythmic functions, a throbbing field of energy and emptiness. What you actually are, then, is what everybody else is: sentience itself. Therefore, instead of being a puny self by way of an object, you are indeed everything.”***********Ramesh Balsekar,Indian Spiritual Teacher.

  • George Koutoupis
    George Koutoupis   1 weeks ago

    I get so excited that I have to pause the video every now and then to calm down

  • Sourasnata
    Sourasnata   1 weeks ago

    One thing for sure is that we are Alive. Maybe. Or we are virtual characters played by Aliens in a Game........

  • letlhogonolo sithole
    letlhogonolo sithole   1 weeks ago

    This is where Neil comes in.. i cannot understand anything past "information"