Einstein and Bohr had a great debate at The Solvay Conference in Belgium in 1927. Here was a gathering of some of the most intelligent people on Earth.
Einstein believed that God gave us a universe of common sense reality and that we would find the one common theory that made sense of everything. Einstein believed in Realism, and to the very end, he wanted to find the Theory of Everything.
Bohr, on the other hand, believed in a new theory of Quantum Mechanics, that our universe was like Alice in Wonderland and that Quantum Entanglement did not care at all about space and time.
Einstein believed that everything is separated by space and time and he found comfort in the limit of the speed of light. Bohr thought the universe behaves differently when observed and that entangled objects can be any distance apart. Throw a pair of entangled dice, and they both end up with the same number even if one of the dice is in the Andromeda galaxy and the other is in the Milky Way Galaxy. Bohr believed we live in a world of Alice in Wonderland or what we now call Simulated Reality.
So we had two opposing theories: The Theory of Relativity from Einstein and Quantum Theory from Bohr. Only scientific experiment could tell us which of these was wrong, or if both were wrong.
Then in 2018, physicists at MIT, in the University of Vienna, and elsewhere devised a Quantum Entanglement Experiment using light from ancient quasars. They wanted to know if the seemingly far-out Bohr idea that two entangled particles, no matter how distant from each other in space and time, can be inextricably linked, linked in a way that defies the rules of classical physics and Einstein’s realism.
Using 600-year-old starlight to examine the properties of two entangled photons, their experiment proved that, if a classical mechanism caused the correlations they observed, it would have to have been set in motion more than 600 years ago, before the stars’ light was first emitted and long before the actual experiment was even conceived. The photons were Entangled.
“If some conspiracy is happening to simulate quantum mechanics by a mechanism that is actually classical, that mechanism would have had to begin its operations — somehow knowing exactly when, where, and how this experiment was going to be done — at least 7.8 billion years ago. That seems incredibly implausible, so we have very strong evidence that quantum mechanics is the right explanation,” says co-author Alan Guth, the Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at MIT. They published in Physical Review Letters.
Bohr was right. Our universe is more like computer data than matter separated by space and time. If nothing can traverse space faster than the speed of light, then instantaneous entanglement would be impossible.
Still, some researchers, like Zohar Ringel and Dmitry Kovrizhin, from Oxford University claim that computers could not handle the exponential magnitude of a Quantum Universe. Neither seems to be a creative programmer. To handle the exponential load of a vast universe, the quantum computer’s software simply stops processing where not observed, the other argument proposed by Bohr. If only we could go back in time and have a chat with Bohr. Einstein would tell us that is impossible. Bohr is probably waiting for us.
In our universe of Alice in Wonderland, there must have been an original #BaseReality civilization that built this computer simulation we find ourselves in. Perhaps Einstein would have called it Base Realism, the universe he so desperately believed in.
An original Base Reality is another far-out theory deeper down the rabbit hole. Making contact with the Base is the work of Silicon Valley Billionaires that want to live forever as described in the article Hacking the Universe. They could be on to something.