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Similarities between photography, alchemy, holographic fractals, holographic existence, singularities, and geometry.
A photograph is a real, physical thing. It consists of photons in the form of electromagnetic waves reflecting off the subject and onto film or a digital camera sensor. In contrast, an alchemical transmutation does not consist of any sort of physical change to anything. As far as we know, quantum particles do not physically exist until they are observed - so observing something changes its reality from potential existence into actual existence.
It may seem strange, but there is some evidence that non-observation of photon particles can change their physical state. This means that observation does not necessarily have to be performed by a person. It could be performed by something like an electron microscope or telescope - in which case the subject would exist whether it is observed or not.
Assuming that the holographic projection hypothesis is true, then a photograph of an object would be a two-dimensional representation of the three-dimensional object. In contrast, if you have a hologram projected onto a piece of paper and cut out a small part of it, you will not get another image - only darkness where there was light before.
If you cut out a small part of the hologram, some light will come through - but not as much. The total amount of light remains the same.
So a photograph is a representation of an object's physical form, whereas a hologram can be cut into pieces and still retain all the information needed to produce the same image. This means that if you have a sufficiently detailed holographic representation of your entire existence, then this would mean that no matter what happens to you - you will not cease to exist.
If you take this idea of the holographic universe to its logical conclusion, then it suggests that human beings are not really individuals - but rather 'parts' of a greater whole. If this is true, then no single part can be destroyed without damaging or destroying the whole.