OUT THERE IDEAS: Black Holes Are Holograms

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Those exploding black holes (at least in theory — none has ever been observed) lit up a new strangeness of nature. Black holes, in effect, are holograms — like the 3-D images you see on bank cards. All the information about what has been lost inside them is encoded on their surfaces. Physicists have been wondering ever since how this “holographic principle” — that we are all maybe just shadows on a distant wall — applies to the universe and where it came from.

via New York Times

Karl Pribram, neuroscientist and pioneering theorist of the holonomic brain model that extended physicist David Bohm’s theory that without our ‘lenses,’ the universe would appear a hologram, discusses how our processing makes correlations to make a ‘space-time image’ in our holographic universe:

If you didn’t have telescopes what would you see? You would see a hologram. So not only the lenses of the eye, but all the lenses that we use to look microscopically, telescopically, we would see nothing but holograms. Because light bounces all over the place. Like coming in here, you diffused it even more by giving several sources, and that all has to be gathered and focused to make a space-time image. In acoustics, this is very well-known because if you build a concert hall and it has to sound just right, and people come in with their hair and clothes and so on, it’s a dead sounding concert hall. Because everything is refracted and absorbed and this and that. So you’ve got to have reflectors and so on and so forth, so you’ve got to build your hall to be much more reflective. That doesn’t mean that objects don’t exist, that stars don’t exist, you know, you can’t take it to the holographic universe being every and all, a total explanation, anymore than you can take brain function as being a total explanation. It’s one of the processing steps that we have, that we use, and a very powerful one. That’s why you don’t want to lose it. Its power is in making correlations. We’re so good at making correlations.

More on Holograms from Sputnik Observatory:

Karl Pribram, “Channels Everywhere”

Colin Andrews, “Holographic 3D Info”

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