Scientist are coming closer to proving gravity is an illusion and the world is a hologram.

They could have just asked me.

I'm finishing my book tour in NYC today.  Only one major embarrassment so far. The host of Bloomberg News, Pimm Fox, randomly opened my book and asked me to elaborate on a fairly unimportant page I wrote over a year ago. I had to confess on live TV that I didn't remember part of my own book. Ouch.

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Dec 26, 2013
Scott,I re read your Aug 2007 and Jan 2009 Blogs on same Idea before reading this entry.
Dec 18, 2013
I think I will believe that gravity is an illusion when I throw myself at the ground and miss.

That the universe has a 1:1 mapping to a lower dimensional surface is actually an easy conclusion that most people with a hard math background can understand but as a man who has that background I'm skeptical about what it means. When problems are simplified too much I become skeptical that important details just won't work with the model.
Dec 13, 2013

Wait'll you get a little older, and you'll forget who you are, too....

With a long project, there's a tendency to forget stuff written some time back, too. Perfectly normal, even for geniuses like us [grin].

Now, what was this thread about?
Dec 12, 2013
@jakesdad: For context, I'm not a practicing physicist but I do have a PhD in physics. My response to that report was basically, "well, duh". This is basically just refinement of the work that Everett did back in 1957. Not worthless, not uninteresting, but hardly revolutionary.
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Dec 12, 2013
I second what RayKremer said. You're misinterpreting their use of the word hologram, and at no point do they use the word "illusion" in reference to gravity.

You've picked a worldview and are now unconsciously fitting the facts you encounter to match that worldview. Don't go down that path or you're going to get uncomfortably close to founding a new religion!
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Dec 12, 2013
You're mixing metaphors Scott, when you say the universe is a hologram you mean that we are all stuck in VR computer simulations like "The Matrix". The article misuses the word hologram as an analogy for the natural universe representing complex things that take place in ten dimensions as simpler things in fewer dimensions, and they proved that the mathematical equations for both do indeed correspond to each other.
Dec 12, 2013
Wait, *FINISHING* the book tour? How did I miss this? Checking now, I don't see any announcements on the Dilbert site, and Google comes up empty with searches. Damn, I'm close enough to NYC that I probably could have made plans to be there too.
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Dec 12, 2013
@Scott -

"...didn't remember part of my own book. Ouch."

Ouch, indeed.
Doesn't make you any less awesome ... just busy.

Ever read "The Holographic Universe" by Michael Talbot? It's been on my bookshelf since the late 80s. I've never quite managed to read it all, but the concept is fascinating. (Remember Carl Sagan presenting Flatland" on Cosmos?)
Dec 12, 2013

I didn't know you are in NYC. Could you please tell me where I could potentially meet you and get my copy of the book signed by you? I would also like to share my story and how I am finally able to understand the little success that I achieved. Also, I am gifting your book to all my friends as Christmas present. And it will be awesome if you could sign those copies as well.

Dec 12, 2013
@Chuck: the word you're looking for is emergent and not only is gravity an emergent property but apparently TIME is:


honestly, I'm shocked at how little coverage this is getting compared to the Higgs & this "hologram" business!
Dec 12, 2013
I'm not an expert. But all the stuff I've read about how people think gravity "works" suggests to me that gravity itself is not real. And by that I mean that gravity is not a force that causes things to happen. Gravity is the result of other things happening.

Einstein figured out that space and time were inter-related, and that gravity seems to be the result of mass affecting the "curve" of space-time. So gravity is not the cause, it's the result.

It seems to me that when we examine the universe, we're limited by our own perceptions. Imagine a 2-dimension creature encountered something with 3-dimensions. It would not be able to see the entire 3-d object, just "slices" of the object that protrude into its plane of existence.

We're 4-dimensional creatures (with a very limited perception of time) living in a multi-dimensional universe, trying to figure it out. It seems very likely that what we perceive might simply be our brains' best hallucination of what is actually happening.
Dec 12, 2013
Kinda makes you feel like an ant who has spent his whole life crawling around on a huge sheet of graph paper, with no idea there is an upward dimension.
Dec 12, 2013
Every day older I get the more I realize that Douglas Adams was a visionary!
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Dec 12, 2013
Yeah, whenever there's a real breakthrough, there's a guy in some pub they could've asked too.

Thing is, there are millions of mans in tens of thousands of pubs, saying billions of things. How do you pick the right one to ask when there's a billion dollars riding on doing right or wrong?
Dec 12, 2013
Never mind mister Adams. Take for sure that Pimm Fox doesn´t rembembers anything on that interview yet. And, by the way. Who cares what about an hologram asked another?
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