Sociologists have described a pre-modern social reality, a modern social reality and post modern social reality. They have always acknowledged that what we touch, smell and feel is part of our reality. However, for sociologists, there has always been more. It seems that other sciences are just starting to catch up. What do I mean by that? I mean that there is another world, social reality that is much bigger and deeper than the one we think of as real. It exists in us and through us. It exists in symbols, signs and meaning. You see, for the 'true' sociologist like myself, there is no other reality. The world as we know it exists because we agree that it does.
I applaud those leading physicists out there today that are finally getting on board with that fact. For them, there has to be more and I understand why. They need a source for agreement reality as in why and what for? That is why they believe that our reality is a projection—sort of like a
hologram—of laws and processes that exist on a thin surface surrounding
us at the edge of the universe. Although the notion seems outlandish,
it’s a long-standing theory that initially emerged years ago from
scientists studying black holes; recently, a breakthrough in string
theory propelled the idea into the mainstream of physics. What took
place was an intriguing discussion on the cutting-edge results that may
just change the way we view reality.
Now, as I am blending what they say and what I say into my version, you will see that this is the way it all works in social reality and in the holographic universe. Which means that we have yet to brush the surface of this and where it can take us socially. Keep in mind, that whatever is out there, comes from what is in there and that is a huge place ~ the social imagination.
One of my favorite books to read that, in my opinion describes this social phenomenon, what I call social reality - a process of agreeing what is... through popping and pushing as in coming and going or 'out and in /in-out' of the social imagination a ~ push and pull activity of the social imagination ... is the book by Douglas R. Hofstadter - Godel, Escher, Bach: and Eternal Golden Braid. If you ever get a chance to read it, go to chapter 5 "Recursive Structures and Processes".
I can also recommend reading Charles H. Cooley a sociologist who wrote "Human Nature and the Social Order". He writes as does Hofstadter on 'reality'. It is a pushing and popping event in the social imagination in a process Cooley calls the Looking Glass Self. He concludes that the locus of society exists in the mind.
source ~ http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/programs/holographic_world/