Is Reality a Hologram?

As science meets science fiction ...

At NYC science festival, the question is, 'What if we're holograms?'   AP - June 2, 2010

Brian Greene works in a world where scientific reasoning rules all and imagination leads to the most unlikely truths. Greene and other "string theorists" are exploring a possible scenario in which people and the world around us are actually a 3-D holographic projection of two-dimensional data that exists outside the accessible universe.

It's a concept so mind bending for those who don't understand the complex math behind it that many might decide it's best left to the academics. But Greene wants to build public excitement about science, even as the U.S. loses ground in some areas - and intends to bring even the most complex ideas to the masses at this week's World Science Festival, which starts June 2. The Elegant Universe and the PBS specials by the same name.

The physicist founded the festival in 2008 with his wife, Tracy Day. It's an extension of his work translating into layman's terms the fundamentals of string theory - the idea that the universe and its most fundamental forces could be best explained if everything around us were made up of minuscule, vibrating strings. Greene's attempt to explain where our consciousness might reside, if we are indeed simply projections, is intriguing and perhaps less than comforting:

"Consciousness is nothing but the physical processes taking place in the brain.

Consciousness is just another interaction of particles."





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