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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Principle Formerly Known as Determinism

… is now known as the holographic principle.

According to the holographic principle, a complete description of a volume of space–time is entirely determined by conditions on its boundary. According to classical determinism, a complete description of the future (which is a volume of space–time) is entirely determined by conditions on its boundary (also known as the present). You can think of the holographic principle as classical determinism plus future–past equivalence (also present in classical physics) and space–time equivalence. (I was reminded of this by an article in the latest Scientific American.)

In other words, attempts to link the holographic principle to mysticism make less than no sense.

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