Maybe projection explains the universe after all.

I remember saying on the first day of class that projection systems have an enormous range of applications and that as architects we limit ourselves to the finite set of uses (namely orthography and perspective). I also said that there is a limit; that as attractive as it is to proclaim a Unified Field Theory where projection explains all, it isn’t true. Projection does not explain the universe. 

I may have spoken too soon. Below is an excerpt from an article from New Scientist, outlining how the universe is a hologram projected from a distant 2D plane.

“The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and something with a pretty firm theoretical footing. It has also been surprisingly helpful for physicists wrestling with theories of how the universe works at its most fundamental level.

The holograms you find on credit cards and banknotes are etched on two-dimensional plastic films. When light bounces off them, it recreates the appearance of a 3D image. In the 1990s physicists Leonard Susskind and Nobel prizewinner Gerard ‘t Hooft suggested that the same principle might apply to the universe as a whole. Our everyday experience might itself be a holographic projection of physical processes that take place on a distant, 2D surface.”

This is not a new theory, as experiments in the early 1980s led to conjectures about the nature of our supposed 3D existence. It is an established branch of theoretical physics, a subset of string theory. Find more on the Holographic Principle (also called cosmological holography) here.


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