Stephen Hawking's Last Words: We Live In 'The Matrix'?

Before he passed away in March, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking had published more than 230 articles on the birth of the universe, black holes and quantum mechanics. But, ten days before his death, Hawking finished his final theory on the origin of the universe  - now published posthumously - and it offers an interesting departure from earlier ideas about the nature of the "multiverse."

As PBS reports, the new report, co-authored by Belgian physicist Thomas Hertog, counters the longstanding idea that the universe will expand for eternity.

If you asked an astrophysicist today to describe what happened after the Big Bang, he would likely start with the concept of “cosmic inflation.” Cosmic inflation argues that right after the Big Bang — we’re talking after a teeny fraction of a second — the universe expanded at breakneck speed like dough in an oven.

But this exponential expansion should create, due to quantum mechanics, regions where the universe continues to grow forever and regions where that growth stalls. The result would be a multiverse, a collection of bubblelike pockets, each defined by its own laws of physics.

“The local laws of physics and chemistry can differ from one pocket universe to another, which together would form a multiverse,” Hertog said in a statement. “But I have never been a fan of the multiverse. If the scale of different universes in the multiverse is large or infinite the theory can’t be tested.”

Along with being difficult to support, the multiverse theory, which was co-developed by Hawking in 1983, doesn’t jibe with classical physics, namely the contributions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity as they relate to the structure and dynamics of the universe.

“As a consequence, Einstein’s theory breaks down in eternal inflation,” Hertog said.

Einstein spent his life searching for a unified theory, a way to reconcile the biggest and smallest of things, general relativity and quantum mechanics.

He died never having achieved that goal, but leagues of physicists like Hawking followed in Einstein’s footsteps. One path led to holograms.

Diagram of evolution of the (observable part) of the universe from the Big Bang (left) to the present. After the Big Bang and inflation, the expansion of the universe gradually slowed down for the next several billion years, as the matter in the universe pulled on itself via gravity. More recently, the expansion has begun to speed up again as the repulsive effects of dark energy have come to dominate the expansion of the universe. Image and caption by NASA

Instead of the 'standard' description of how the 'universe' unfolded (and is unfolding), the authors argue the Big Bang had a finite boundary, defined by string theory and holograms.

The new theory - which sounds simplistically like the world of the red-pill-blue-pill Matrix movies - embraces the strange concept that the universe is like a vast and complex hologram. In other words, 3D reality is an illusion, and that the  apparently "solid" world around us - and the dimension of time - is projected from information stored on a flat 2D surface.

The Telegraph reports that Prof Hertog, from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KT Leuven), said:

"It's a very precise mathematical notion of holography that has come out of string theory in the last few years which is not fully understood but is mind-boggling and changes the scene completely."

Applied to inflation, the newly published theory suggests that time and "the beginning" of the universe arose holographically from an unknowable state outside the Big Bang.

Prof Hawking said before his death:

"We are not down to a single, unique universe, but our findings imply a significant reduction of the multiverse, to a much smaller range of possible universes."

And believe it or not, there’s actually evidence that the world works this way.

Hawking's final paper can be read in full below...

As PBS concludes, some physicists point out that the Hawking-Hertog theory is preliminary and should be considered speculation until other mathematicians can replicate its equations.

Sabine Hossenfelder, a theoretical physicist with the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, said on her blog that the ideas put forward in this paper join others that are currently pure speculation and don't yet have any evidence to support them. She makes it clear that while the proposals aren't uninteresting, Hawking and Hertog haven't found a new way to detect the existence of universes other than our own.

"Stephen Hawking was beloved by everyone I know, both inside and outside the scientific community," she wrote.

"He was a great man without doubt, but this paper is utterly unremarkable."

Here is Ars Technica's John Timmer with more details on the holographic universe.


Stackers algol_dog Sun, 05/06/2018 - 22:54 Permalink

In other words, 3D reality is an illusion, and that the  apparently "solid" world around us - and the dimension of time - is projected from information stored on a flat 2D surface.

This is how my mind came to grasp how reality really works as well. The earth is flat. It simply exist within curved reality. Same with orbits. An orbit is not a curved path. It is a straight path through curved reality.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Ahmeexnal Sun, 05/06/2018 - 23:08 Permalink

Oh FFS you are an idiot. Leibniz talked about monads way before any of these dickheads showed up. So did Spinoza, as I recall, but I don't remember exactly what his version was called. and

If you want to read more about Spinoza, go for it:

I sold all those books years ago. I will never read that crap again, thankfully.

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LiteBeeer King of Ruperts Land Mon, 05/07/2018 - 01:40 Permalink

Did notice that Hawkins can not speak? It's all a hoax.

Why would a 100% disabled man care about anything? He's having the worst hellish life.

They torture this man (and his lookalikes) by keeping him as a puppet for the masses to propagate the illusion of a universe.

Space does not exist. Solar system and big bang are invented by Jesuit Priest Lemaitre. Vatican and NASA own the biggest double telescope called Lucifer.

Jesuits were established to kill the Protestant movement. Their oath is to kill Protestants. Their goal is to discredit the Bible.

3rd commandment says to keep the Sabbath (7th) day holy. Because the Bible says that God created the earth in 6 days and rested the 7th day. Catholics have reversed and changed all of the 10 commandments. That's why they must make you to break the 3rd commandment by believing in a billion year old out-of-nothing self-created and expanding universe farce. So that you, as denier of the 3rd commandment, will disobey Father God YHWH and commit sin, and thus die in the lake of fire. Satan at his best.

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Teja LiteBeeer Mon, 05/07/2018 - 02:32 Permalink

By logical derivation, YOU do not exist. a) you speak to us only through the "Internet" (a hellish invention if there ever was one), b) space does not exist according to your claims, therefore you have no space to exist


Actually, I wonder what will happen when Simulation theory goes mainstream. There are good reasons to believe we are in a simulation, either local (ie everything we cannot reach, stars etc., is simulated) or global (up to every elementary particle being a data point in a giant simulation). The simulation might be based on a hologram, why not? Probably more efficient than a "real space" simulation.

The interesting part will happen when people start to BELIEVE (in capital letters) in SIMULATION and the SIMULATOR. Lots of space for heretics, there. Probably lots of new religious wars and such. Oh yeah.


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house biscuit mkkby Mon, 05/07/2018 - 04:14 Permalink

The Hawking Project was a hoax; that much is true

Entities like LiteBeeer are blackwashers who take something factual & important (like the Hawking hoax) & combine it with nonsense in order discredit the true bit

A tired, boring tactic

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brushhog two hoots Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:01 Permalink

LOL. People have not changed in a thousand years. "Wise men" come up with half-baked explanations for an unknowable reality and we grasp at them like starving rats. The funny thing is Hawking and others like him will turn their nose up and look down on a person who has a religious belief yet they will give total legitimacy to ideas like this with absolutely no proof, no real evidence, and no way to verify it's veracity.

Yup, humans are a funny species. Same old thing "my faith is realer than your faith".

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two hoots brushhog Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

Think "Hawking and others like him" are searching for something tangible, something provable.  Science is really just entering a phase (tech, space, physics, brain activity, nano stuff, etc, is at it's best) where much can be accomplished towards understanding in...well...everything.  They will stumble, hit and miss, waste much on grants, sound crazy but that's what it takes to advance in knowledge.  

None of it will matter to most of us long in the tooth ones but it is interesting to watch and try to grasp.

If Hawkin's was half as smart as me, he would be a lot dumber.

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brushhog two hoots Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:25 Permalink

Theres always been the promise that we are just at the point where total understanding is right around the next corner. Back in the 1700s they thought they were on the cusp of figuring everything out. Right now, they may be searching for something tangible, something provable, but they got what they always have...theories which require faith and go nowhere.

Nah. "Science" has reached its peak. The economic, physical, military and environmental realities will ensure a massive population reset and a return to a more primitive, agrarian world. In 200 years, if humans still exist at all, they'll be back to the horse and wagon [ if they are lucky ].

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two hoots brushhog Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:00 Permalink

the path to total understanding is never right around the corner.  It is a slow slog but will pick up exponentially now.  Additionally, total understanding is an individual thing and few, if any, will reach that Nirvana goal.  We may eventually have the mass of scientific data stored somewhere (like a library today) but that does not mean everyone has it.  Most don't care to have it (don't go to the library), just want to live as they see it, stuck in the drudgery.  Some would rather fish.

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TheReplacement two hoots Mon, 05/07/2018 - 11:12 Permalink

Modern "science" looks at ancient texts that prove extremely reliable about details that can be confirmed and dismisses all of those that cannot be confirmed as myths.  Until "science" can move beyond this bias it will continue to struggle just to reinvent the wheel of knowledge that was globally available thousands of years ago.  Fortunately for modern "science" there are innumerable faithful believers who will give and give and give so scientists can live very well while denying the past.

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two hoots silver140 Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:07 Permalink

do we see reality?  If our eyes/mind connection is like a camera are we only seeing an imagine of reality?  And if we have weak eyes, an imperfect processor how do we know what we see is the same as others?  Some may have more pixels in their view than others. Some have a clearer "idea" of reality.  Anyway, we, physical things, are as much reality as dirt, stars, trees, squirrels etc.  We are not disconnected from it.  Agree with your statement adding to anti-reality: imaginations thrive in it.


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old naughty Teja Mon, 05/07/2018 - 02:54 Permalink

" that time and "the beginning" of the universe arose holographically from an unknowable state outside the Big Bang."

Well, this unknowable state outside is NOT R2D2 (as depicted in the hologram pic) ? Hehehe

Simulation, hummmmm

Now i see why they need DLS, total record access !

Go see "ANON" the movie!


Don't write off Hawking just yet, he might have been turned, at the last days

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52821740 LiteBeeer Mon, 05/07/2018 - 07:48 Permalink

Further evidence that God doesn't exist from the bible itself :


If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, Let us go and worship other gods" (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), do not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity. Do not spare him or shield him. You must certainly put him to death. Your hand must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. Stone him to death, because he tried to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again."

Deuteronomy 13:6-11 (death for apostasy)

You shall not leave alive anything that breathes. But you shall utterly destroy them. 
(blood thirsty genocidal God ruthlessly slaughters Canaanites).

Deuteronomy 20:17

If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do.

Exodus 21.7

Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death

Exodus 22.19

If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property.

Exodus 21:20-21

Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.

Exodus 35.2

The head of every man is Christ and the head of every woman is the man.

1 Corinthians 11:3

And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head -- it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.

1 Corinthian 11:5-7

For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

1 Corinthian 11:8-9

Let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law. 
And if they would learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home: for it is shameful for a woman to speak in the church.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man. But to be in silence.

1 Timothy 2:11-12

A godly wife may find the path of submissiveness painful at times, but following God will always result in spiritual rewards that last for all eternity

1 Timothy 4:7-8

Samaria will be held guilty, For she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword, Their little ones will be dashed in pieces, And their pregnant women will be ripped open. 

(Blood thirsty genocidal god talking).

Hosea 13:16

Its entrails, however, and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer up in smoke all of it on the altar for a burnt offering, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD. (the creator of the universe likes the smell of burning goat meat). 

Leviticus 1.9

You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you

Leviticus 11.8

But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you

Leviticus 11.10

When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening.

Leviticus 15.19-24

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 18.22

And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Leviticus 18.32

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16

You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together

Leviticus 19.19

You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard

Leviticus 19.27

And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them

Leviticus 20:13

Speak to Aaron, saying, 'No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God.  For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb, or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or crushed testicles

Leviticus 21.17-20

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear

Ephesians 6:5

As for your male and female slaves whom you may have-- you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you.

Leviticus 25-44

Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.

Peter 2.18

Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything to try to please them

Titus 2:9

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it.. with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

Colossians 3:22

You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19:28

But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me (Jesus talking)

Luke 19:27

And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

Luke 12:10, Mark 3:29

Anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him.

Leviticus 24:16

He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Mark 16:18

Whoever curses his father or mother must be put to death. 
He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.



And the list goes on ......

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Totin 52821740 Mon, 05/07/2018 - 08:43 Permalink

Here is a Bible verse for you...

Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

In other words, you haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. That post was meaningless copy and paste drivel.

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52821740 Totin Mon, 05/07/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

Actually you've just proven you don't know what your talking about. Those quotes just mean you can't make conclusions about people that don't voice their views.   To assume they are wise because they hold their tongue  maybe be a mistake but you are correct that those passages are drivel.  

BTW  I did bible study for several years and have read the Koran from cover to cover have you?


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