These are my greetings from one hologram to another. No really, according to science there’s a strong possibility that you and I are nothing more but encoded information spread on a flat 2-dimensional surface throughout the universe. As a matter of fact, this theory is becoming somewhat of a fan favorite and the universe, quite obviously, has an unlimited number of fans. Yes, you already read it before and you stumbled over the occasional ‘are we living in a simulation’ videos on YouTube or Vimeo. However, do you believe it and what’s the purpose of all of that?
Nobody knows for sure and scientists like to point out that there’s an awful lot of physics involved, but sometimes the answer is fairly easy: Black Holes. There are numerous articles about these enigmatic entities that aren’t really black, nor holes. Some have argued that the universe itself originated from a black hole while other studies seem to imply that more black holes mean a higher probability of intelligent life.
That, to me, doesn’t sound like the most destructive thing in the universe, but more like a fundamental property to allow for all of this to exist in the first place.
The first thing we assume is that black holes come into existence whenever a star collapses under its own weight, breaking down and compressing its matter in an event we don’t understand yet. There we have it then, a new black hole that’s ready and waiting for anything to get a little too close. Waiting for matter to get a special spaghettification treatment and ultimately being churned up behind its event horizon.
The matter as we knew it will be gone and lost, right? That’s what Stephen Hawking pondered in the beginning, but hey, not so fast. Further speculation (because there’s no way to actually look inside a black hole) have shown, that black holes do not delete matter, the fundamental blocks of nature, but merely store and preserve them. You should always think of matter as a certain arrangement of atoms that form all things currently existing in the universe — from a moon rock to a human hair and more importantly ‘pancakes’. I know, playing the pancake card stops you from falling asleep and snoring. But think of it this way, it’s either doom or something intellectually tasty… I go for the latter and even though the guys from Kurzgesagt (German for ‘in a nutshell') have a special talent of presenting extremely complex connections in a very ‘graspable way’. Here’s my conclusion:
Black holes are able to absorb all information found in the universe and store them on their surface in unbelievably small pixels. Every time new information is passing the event horizon, the surface grows in its 2 dimensions. That means they are digitizing the information of the universe, nothing gets lost and is just saved as a hologram, hence the holographic principle. The so-called Hawking radiation that’s figuratively leaking bit by bit from the holes, is also able to read this information and carry it away.
This means, we are all just sitting on a holodeck, which is fine as it shows it’s not all doom with these black holes, just a little gloom — as the calculations behind it are pretty hard to comprehend. Perhaps, you should really better watch the Kurzgesagt video, until then — live long and keep your atoms together.