Discover recently posted a sketch of an experiment that would have Einstein rolling in his grave if his body was entangled with the minds of physicists. Here’s the rub. The model of a universe that Special Relativity requires that nothing travel faster than the speed of light. Here’s more rub. Quantumly entangled particles react instantaneously across distance. Is it an effect of ether? Is it the unraveling of the standard model?
Or can we think about these experimental results in a different way? What if the universe is rendered? Here’s what I mean. Let’s say you want to stream a video off youtube. It doesn’t exist yet in your computer. You have to access the file from a server. Ignore for a moment the possibility that the file could be living on several servers, assume it lives in just one storage device. In order for you to watch that video, your computer has to be able to read the source code, decode it, and render it to your screen. There are rules that code follows each time it gets accessed, depending on what machine you have, what browser, what codecs, etc. The file is accessed from a central location.
What if the universe works a little like that? What if it gets rendered when we send a request for information? What if spooky action at a distance isn’t related to distance at all, but instead related to rules of rendering? For instance, if those entangled photons are not really separated by space, but are merely rendered in different locations, there are no broken rules. Spooky action, then, doesn’t refer to instantenous communication, but the collapse of distance. The rules of the standard model aren’t the illusion, it’s distance that’s the illusion. The rules and the distance just get rendered when we send a query.