Chapter 3 – The Holometer (part 1)

Beyond the Rest of Us –I wasn’t going to post this until the end of the month, but there has been new press about the detection of gravitational waves with laser Interferometers, that science readers might want to consider these previous findings. As we saw in the last post, James has not moved back in time, but is being held deep underground, in a continuous astral dream, somewhere in Europe and the Professor realises their actions in the past may be to blame. Despite the appearance of a shift in time, he has been able to build the scientific machine that he was working on at Fermilab, near Chicago. This is what he described in chapter 3:
“This metal tube here seeks to measure space-time with far more precision than ever before, which as I said is exciting, but also risky. Such a discovery would change the most basic assumptions we make about the universe. In these two chambers on each side of the cellar, we have built two interferometers, L-shaped configurations of metal tubes. Since the laser paths are exactly the same length, the beam should cancel itself out. If it doesn’t that might be evidence of a small jitter in our holographic universe.”
The Fermilab Holometer or Holographic Interferometer is a machine designed to test a particular idea about how space, time, matter, and energy behave on the very smallest scales. We don’t need to know all the scientific details, but what was reported in the British Daily Mail gave a simple layman’s explanation. The Holometer was designed to find out if our world was ‘pixelated’ with an experiment that probed the limits of the universe’s ability to store information. The result published last November (see below) was under the banner headline “Good news, we DON’T live in a hologram: Radical experiment dismisses bizarre theory that our world is an illusion.” But did anyone really understand what was being discussed? After a year-long experiment the bizarre theory that we live in a hologram, was dismissed. The holographic concept has been likened us being characters on a television show who do not know that our seemingly 3D world exists only on a 2D screen. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions – but this laser experiment, has proved it was all wrong.
If space comes in 2D bits with limited information about the precise location of objects, then space itself would fall under the same theory of uncertainty. The same way that matter continues to jiggle – as quantum waves – even when cooled to absolute zero. This digitised space should have built-in vibrations even in its lowest energy state. The concept has been likened us being characters on a television show who do not know that our seemingly 3D world exists only on a 2D screen. This machine ruled out this theory to a ‘high level of statistical significance’
Phew that was a close call! The male population can go back to work to produce all those material goods and mothers can relax knowing their children are real and not on a holographic matrix. Modern science has prevailed, with the help of Government funding, to keep the status quo, taxes can be collected and politicians’ re-elected. So do physicist’s need to start re-writing their textbooks, or are these findings more complicated.
More about the Holometer on this link:

These findings will be challenged in a Guest post by William Brown, Biophysicist, to show that this experiment has not dismissed the idea that our world is holographic.