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World Science Festival

holographic_world-757x467I’ve recently been listening to some of the recordings of the World Science Festival.  This is a very cool gathering that happens in New York where eminent scientists get together to let the world know what is happening at the frontiers of science.  There are many excellent talks to choose from.

What I particularly found fascinating was how many of the panels included physicists and philosophers.  That in itself is a powerful sign of how close our understanding of the world around us and our consciousness is becoming.

In the talk I’ve included here, which you can also find at the World Science Festival website at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/programs/holographic_world/ , they’re not only talking about the world we know it as a hologram but it seems they are getting very close to understanding that fractals are essential to a unified understanding.

Note where Professor Raphael Bousso talks about how their growing understanding of black holes has led them to realise that the key is to unify quantum mechanics, which is about information, and gravity, which is about the shape of space and time.  Fractals hold complex information in simple codes, and our understanding of them was derived from topology, the study of shapes and surfaces.  So far they are still studying the information side of things from a linear perspective, which is, I believe, holding up the next significant breakthrough.  But when a network theory of information is developed they’ll understand better that the information on the surface of a black hole is not so much individual bits of information but networked bits, and then we’ll see another revolution in technology.

Or so I believe.  It’s going to be interesting to see what happens.