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Jul 02

[Redacted] Musings – Multiverse

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I think I’m a clone now…everywhere I look, there’s another one of me…

Richard P. Feynman

Richard Feynman

So I’m driving back to the Compound, listening to Bohemian Rhapsody, and the first line of the song makes me think.

“Is this the real life, is this just fantasy…”

I chuckle at first, recalling David After Dentist, then start wondering about different universes.  Years ago, when I was at a lecture by Hawking, he mentioned offhand a theory presented by my childhood hero, Richard Feynman: Probabilistic Histories.  To be more precise, the probability of an event is the product of the probabilities of events leading up to said event.  Now, this is a tool used in quantum mechanics.

So let us take this as a thought experiment, and extrapolate it from the microscopic world to the macroscopic world.

 

It's possible that this is what time looks like to an outside observer

The probability that, if you were reading the above sentence while sitting in a chair, and didn’t move, that you are reading this sentence in the same place (relative to the earth) is so close to one that it might as well be one.  But there is a probability, however small, that you were sitting next to me and all the particles in your body spontaneously teleported to where you are now, or you could have been a potted plant next to a whale falling from the sky, or quite a large number of other possibilities.  Might as well be infinite, right?

I’m not so sure.

There’s a lot of stuff in the universe, and a lot of space, and a lot of energy.  But is it really infinite, or just so incredibly large that the human brain has issues comprehending that, so it attributes an endless quality to it?

Or for that matter, is there actually an infinite number of permutations the universe could have?  If, at the smallest incriment of time (Planck or Chronon, depending on your flavor of universe), a particle can go somewhere else, it does, spawning a new new universe…is this number really infinite, or just very large?

The next question that popped into my mind was this “If there are a finite number of permutations, are there repeating universes, and if so, are they really considered different?” This then lead down a road of contemplations of time travel and interdimensional travel, which I’ll write more on in an article later on.

In the end, I was left in an oddly zen state.  This universe may not be the one that I want, but somewhere just outside out own is everything we could ever want…along with everything else we could ever imagine.

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GREETINGS USER

I RECIEVED A MESSAGE. A USER ASKED WHY WHEN ONE IS DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD THEY RANDOMLY ENCOUNTER A FOUL SMELL.  I HAVE DECIDED TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION WITHIN THIS COMMENT FIELD.

HUBBLE RENDITION OF EXPLODING BUTTERFLY

THIS IS SIMPLE.  WHAT YOU ARE SMELLING IS THE DECAYING CARCASSES OF BUTTERFLIES.  BUTTERFLIES UPON DEATH EXPLODE IN A PUFF OF BRIMSTONE.  THEY DO NOT DIE ALONE. INSTEAD THEY JOIN TOGETHER IN WHAT ENTEMOLOGISTS HAVE DEEMED REVERSE CACCOON COLONIES AS THEY APPROACH THEIR ENDTIMES MUCH LIKE HUMANS AND RETIREMENT HOMES AS MADE FAMOUS BY THE FILM CACCOON.

THE FIRST BUTTERFLY IN THE COLONY WILL REACH CRITICAL MASS AND CAUSE A CHAIN REACTION TAKING THE WHOLE CLUSTER INTO A SULFER SCENTED CLOUD THAT DRIFTS THROUGH HIGHWAYS UNTIL THE ALIENS COME ALONG AND MAKE THEM YOUNG AGAIN.

I WILL CLOSE THIS THREAD AND MARK IT RESOLVED IN MY DATABASE.

-GARBAGE COLLECTION PROTOCOL

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Umm…who the hell was messing with my system?

If anyone needs me, I’ll be in my lab.  Send a giant Jello mold and some Twinkies.

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