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This article in New Scientist blew my mind.  Basically, physicists were trying to find gravitational waves, but kept getting all this noise in their data.  And by “noise” they might actually mean they’ve figured out that we’re “living a giant cosmic hologram.”

I took a philosophy class about identity and perception once that made me reconsider my ideas about reality.  I wonder what all those philosophers we read would have to say about this?

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  1. Haven’t read the article, but the idea has been out there for a while. Amazing, though, isn’t it?

    is a pretty good summary, for Wikipedia.

    I thought this was interesting, too.

    There’s a bunch of crackpot stuff out there about it as well, of course.

    My particular crackpot idea is that the entire universe is a simulation (whatever that means in the case of an entire universe), and that is why it has the odd limitations and spooky action-at-a-distance effects that appear inexplicable to us.

    • The idea has been around for awhile, but it seems much cooler now that there’s some possible data to support it. I really have a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea.

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