The Universe - Solved! Hardcover – January 2, 2008
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About the Author
Beyond the high-tech realm, however, Elvidge has years of experience as a musician, writer, and truth seeker. He merged his technology skills with his love of music, developed one of the first PC-based digital music samplers, and co-founded RadioAMP, the first private-label online streaming-radio company.
For many years, Elvidge has kept pace with the latest research, theories, and discoveries in the varied fields of subatomic physics, cosmology, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and the paranormal. This unique knowledge base has provided the foundation for his first full-length book, The Universe-Solved! .
- Publisher : AT Press; 1st edition (January 2, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1424336260
- ISBN-13 : 978-1424336265
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
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Moving forward, he builds a good case, referring to a lot of physics and movies that deal with the theme of Simulation -- some I had not heard of. He then gets into API, coding, and chapters 7 and 8 put it together. Of course it is hard to prove that we are in a Simulation -- like Groundhog Day or The Thirteenth Floor, but there are serious aspects to the realm we live in that DO suggest that is just what Earth is. I have info and material he doesn't go into.
He also shares about oil forming abiotically, and holograms, and he makes it very clear what the difference is between virtual reality and simulation. And there are a few clues to help spot a simulation -- Laws and constants of the Universe that change, for example.
It is a very interesting read and while he doesn't actually "solve the Universe" he really gets you thinking... but he is right: our reality isn't what we think it is. I recommend it as a primer to the subject. Then check out NIck Bostrom and then Brian Greene's latest, The Hidden Reality. You're in for a surprise.
This book begs a refutation that will likely never come-airtight arguments-great humor-home run read-cannot wait for the new book!!
Before leaving the States, I set up a lunch between these two academicians, because I wanted Dr. Kaku to be exposed to Dr. Bostrom's thinking. It worked out well, and I treated Kaku, his wife, and Bostrom to lunch at a small restaurant across the street from the Oxford Union. I was pretty sure Kaku had not read Bostrom's paper, and I was right.
Midway through the first course, I asked Dr. Bostrom to briefly explain to Dr. Kaku what he had written. He did, and, by the middle of the main course, I asked Kaku what he thought of the possibility of Bostrom's theory "holding water." He politely gave his reasons why he didn't think it was possible, stressing the improbability of being able to program all of history as we know it. The amount of variables, he said, would be so large the chances were almost zero.
We went back and forth, Bostrom repeating his thesis, I trying to convince Kaku that it could be true. Both "stuck to their guns."
Finally, during dessert, I said, "You know, it might be like the series of movies called The Matrix." Dr. Kaku was silent for a minute and then said he'd have to think more about it. And that's where the conversation ended.
In January of 2005, Michio Kaku's book Parallel Worlds - A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos appeared. In it were two pages devoted to The Matrix at the beginning of a section called "Is the Universe a Computer Program?"
He stated in a brief conclusion, "...it is exceedingly difficult for a Newtonian world to be reduced to a computer program, since there are too many variables.... But in the quantum world, strange things happen." I felt vindicated, but while I knew in my gut there was some truth to the idea, the details of such speculation remained up in the air for me.
On the evening of November 29, 2010, Jim Elvidge appeared as a guest on the international radio program Coast to Coast AM. I hadn't listened to the show in some time, but decided to stream it on my computer the next morning.
Lo and behold, Elvidge had written the book The Universe - Solved published in 2007 in which he asks the question, "Are we living in a programmed reality?" Bostrom and Kaku are both mentioned in the book. HOW DID I MISS IT?!
Well, I've got to tell you, it puts the story together in a very understandable way. Elvidge, trained as an electrical engineer, spends most of the book leading up to his conclusion in Chapter 7, but it's well worth the wait.
By explaining up front the latest expert thinking about such things as quantum entanglement, parallel universes, living in a hologram, alternate realities, computer coding, and virtual reality, he gives the reader the necessary background to understand the premise of his argument. And he treats these most complex subjects in such a way that even the least technical of minds should be able to understand them.
The book is loaded with simple but meaningful illustrations, charts, and quotes from others that add to its being "reader friendly".
I found it refreshing, for instance, to be given very concise but easily comprehensible descriptions of string theory and M-theory, quantum foam, multiple dimensions, the possibilities of teleportation, nanotechnology, altered states of consciousness, simulators and games, the big bang theory and the fine tuning of our universe.
With examples of anomalies like UFO's, "little green men", synchronistic coincidences, cases of cryptozoology, the 100th Monkey theory, and our "seemingly" endless supply of oil, we know Elvidge is leading up to the reason all these strange occurances might be possible.
He even references our increasing fascination with movies like The Truman Show to illustrate his point. And, he does this with a good sense of humor that makes for light reading....something necessary when treating these most complex of issues.
So, with all this background, his leap in Chapter 7, entitled "Are we Living in a Programmed Reality?", very well accounts for the anomalies and theories of physics into which he has given us such a clear insight in the previous chapters.
The existence of the Planck length and time, the absolutely smallest quantities of measurement according to physics, means that physical reality is not continuous. It is quantized into very, very small parts. This, then, challenges Kaku's argument that the number of variables would be too vast to make possible Bostrom's computer simulated universe. Provided there was a computer powerful enough to deal with a very large but less than infinite amount of variables, simulated reality is certainly a possibility.
Chapters 8 and 9 then go on to clarify Elvidge's thinking in dealing with how to physically program a reality. The only thing I found lacking was an index at the end of the book, which should be added if it's ever reprinted.
This, folks, is exciting, leading edge thinking, and I highly recommend you go to Elvidge's website, [...], for more information and to order the book. If you want a glimpse of what might actually be going on in our so-called "reality", you can't do any better. I think it will, to say the least, astound you as it did me, and open your mind to a whole new insight worthy of your further investigation.