Should You Turn Right or Left?
Ever wonder what would have happened if you’d made a different decision about something? It doesn’t even have to be some huge, momentous decision like getting married or choosing a profession. Could your life have been – or be now, different based on something as simple as deciding whether to go left or to go right?
Let’s take that thought a little bit further. What if someone told you that thinking that decisions are limited to only one choice – “this or that” – isn’t the case?
You might think that this “someone” was some kind of nut. Actually, there is a good opportunity that you’d be having a conversation with a Quantum Physicist.
The theory of parallel (or multiple) universes was first proposed by a physicist named Dr. Alan Guth. But Guth’s work was influenced by previous and concurrent discoveries and theories of other physicists.
Physicists had been trying to pinpoint the exact location of an atomic particle. That may sound like a difficult thing to do, and it is certainly complex – but the goal isn’t that much different than trying to pinpoint the exact location of your car in the mall parking lot.
Except they couldn’t do it. When the scientists tried to discover the exact coordinates of the particles’ location they found something very strange – they discovered that atomic particles have the ability to exist simultaneously in more than one place at the same time.
Remember looking for your car in the parking lot? You can’t remember where it was because you kept deciding whether or not to take a space up in the front, or maybe one in the in the back. And then you decided against what you thought would be a good spot because the car next to you had so many dings you figured they might hit you on their way out.
What if in the process of trying to find your car after parking it, you just kept finding it over and over again in different parking spaces, but at the same time? At first you think that maybe they aren’t all yours. Maybe they’re just the same model, but all belong to different people. So you start to examine the cars more carefully and find something to be really strange.
They are all indeed your car, but they are all slightly different. For instance, you observe that in one car you left your phone on the seat even though that same phone is in your hand at the very moment you are looking into your car. One of your car’s interiors is pristine, while another still has the MacDonald’s bag from yesterday’s lunch on the dash.
This is basically what happened to the scientists trying to pinpoint the location of particles. Particles not only existed simultaneously in one place, but they differed in some way from each other, but were still recognizable in some way as the same particle.
Learn more about parallel universes from Burt Goldman – the author of Quantum Jumping method
What’s Going On?
Different – and yet the same – at the same time. Mind boggling for sure. But physicists being physicists kept working to try and understand what was going on.
Physicist Werner Heisenberg’s research indicated that just the simple act of observing a particle affects its behavior. Not surprisingly, this is called the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Physicist Niels Bohr’s research seemed to indicate that Heisenberg was not only right but, because of this Uncertainty Principle, particles exist in all possible states of being at once. This is called the Copenhagen Interpretation (Dr. Bohr is Danish.)
But physicist Alan Guth was the first person, outside of science fiction writers, to suggest the idea of parallel universes. And he did not pluck this theory out of his imagination. You might say he plucked it out of the starry night sky. Interested in discovering the origin of the universe (this one, the one we appear to be living in) Guth agreed with other scientists that it was the result of what’s come to be called “The Big Bang”. But Guth’s research went against the commonly accepted (at least by physicists) notion that instead of gravity keeping things together and forming this one universe, there was a sort of “reverse gravity” that began to pull things apart.
Since we know that our universe is expanding Guth’s idea seems definitely plausible. But Guth postulates that this reverse gravity – or “false vacuum” – formed not only the “bubble” of particles that became our universe, but that when this false vacuum started to decay it produced limitless numbers of particles that, in turn, formed a limitless number of bubbles – and therefore a limitless number of universes.
OK – so we’ve got tons of universes out there – what does that have to do with you?
Good question, and it brings us to Hugh Everett and his Many Worlds Interpretation. Dr. Everett’s work suggests that, when a particle is observed, say you try to measure it – it actually splits into more than one reality. A separate reality to accommodate every possible measurement. Easy to understand how Everett’s theory came to be called the Many Worlds Interpretation.
But let’s get back to you.
So far we’ve been talking just about atomic particles. Little tiny things – and it just so happens that all matter, including you, is composed of these little tiny things. Which means, of course, that Everett’s Many Worlds Interpretation applies to you just as much as it does to an atomic particle.
This means that a separate world exists to accommodate any possible outcome for every decision or life experience you have. For instance, if you almost died on the operating table, in an alternate, or parallel, universe you’re dead. If you got pregnant and had to quit college to help support your family, in another universe you’ve got your Ph.D. And a decision as small as whether to go left or to go right could have determined the outcome of whether you got pregnant in the first place. Turn left and bump into your future mate. Turn right and just keep walking.
We think of ourselves as a singular being – there is just one “You”. The math and science of physics seems to indicate not just one, but an infinite number of you(s).
Which begs a question. A big question, with huge implications.
If there exists an infinite number of you(s) because the universe splits with every decision and experience you have, it would seem that, on the one hand, an outcome of that would be a limitless number of separate states of consciousness who are not aware of and cannot communicate with each other. At the same time, an equally possible outcome, is that there is, on some level, in some world, one state of consciousness that is aware of and can communicate with all the other you(s).
If you could communicate with that one state of consciousness that is aware of all the infinite number of you(s) it seems that a possible outcome (and therefore one with its own universe) would be the ability to incorporate and employ characteristics of those separate, infinite you(s) we desire but do not seem to be capable of expressing in the universe in which find ourselves.
Now, wouldn’t that be something. But rather than wait to have this proved by yet another physicist – maybe a more effective way to live would be to assume we can access the energy, talents, and skills of all our infinite you(s) and let this assumption mediate the means to achieve what we only think of as the unachievable.