From the November 2018 issue

Is the universe a hologram?

We’re now exploring a whole new kind of creation myth.
By | Published: November 21, 2018 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

The perennial desire to find an answer to the question, “What’s going on here?” is taking increasingly bizarre turns. One such turn is the recent buzz that the cosmos is possibly an artificial construction.

The concept has become so widespread that it even appeared in a movie review in The New York Times May 10, in which science columnist Dennis Overbye wrote, “The news from some physicists like the late Stephen Hawking is that the universe might be a hologram, an illusion like the three-dimensional images on a bank card. Some cosmologists have argued that it is not inconsistent — at least mathematically — to imagine that the entire universe as we know it could just be a computer simulation, as in The Matrix.”

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