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A Multiverse Revelation

I have always believed in the multiverse rather than the traditional single universe.

Most modern theories either require or become much simpler when multiple (uni)verses are included, from M theory to Relativity to Quantum Mechanics. All suggest multiple verses or realities.

While my belief in a multiverse goes back decades, I had a event in my life about five years back that cemented that belief.

I had a major heart attack.

The type of heart attack I had was called a “Widow Maker” because so few survive it. I had a complete blockage in the LAD. Luckily for me the people around me knew to start CPR. There was a firehouse nearby. The paramedics that had just come on duty were known for their expertise in cardiac events and the trauma team on duty at the hospital included one of the best (THE BEST in my opinion) cardiac specialists in the area.

Once my heart was restarted and a stint was put in to clear the blockage, my body temperature was dramatically lowered for three days to give all my organs a rest and improve my survival odds.

Bare with me, I assure you this will all relate to why I believe in the multiverse.

Trust me when I tell you that a major heart attack that doesn’t kill you WILL FUCK YOU UP!

For the first few days I would break down and cry for no reason at all. For a man in his fifties, this was most humiliating because it happened in front of anyone who visited me. Thankfully that only lasted a few days. Then there is the weakness. Even though I had only been bed ridden for a few days, I had zero muscle strength. Just sitting up was a choir and it took a couple months to return to normal.

While in the hospital I started noticing some strange differences. The first was my hands. My index finger had always been the exact same size as my ring finger on both hands, now it was shorter.

I didn’t know what to think except that maybe my ring fingers grew a little recently without me noticing? I’ve never heard of that happening at my age but I guess it is possible.

The next thing I noticed was a scar I carried since childhood had disappeared. When I was 13 years old a friend and I were playing with a road flare and a piece of the flaming sulfur dripped on my arm and left a nasty scar. That scar was gone. No matter how close I looked I couldn’t even detect a trace. I had just noticed it a few days before my attack as I had a habit of picking at it. It was a pretty prominent scar.

Friends started relating personal stories that I had no memory of (I just figured the heart attack turned my memories into Swiss cheese).

After I returned home there were items I owned that I had no memory of having, and items I had a clear memory of having were gone. I had to reset a lot of my passwords. Once again I contributed this to the heart attack affecting my memory.

Then I started noticing other small changes. I used to have very little problem with mosquitoes. Others would get ate up but I could go through a swarm and only get a bite or two. Now if I even attempt to go outside evening hours during mosquito season I get bitten from head to toe. Also the way cold medicines and such affect me is different. If it said “may cause drowsiness”, for me it was like taking a hit of speed. It had the exact opposite affect. Now they knock me out. There are also many other small changes that I won’t get into here.

The change that threw me for a loop and got me really believing in a multiverse happened a few months after my heart attack. I was out doing some shopping and ran into a childhood friend. For me this was beyond surprising. I clearly remembered attending his funeral years before. In fact I was there when he died. He fell off a ladder while we were painting a house and crushed the back of his head.

Now here he was standing in front of me asking how I have been. I must have turned white because he asked if I was alright. I quickly shook it off and acted as though I just hadn’t seen him in some time but that event shook me to my core.

When I got home I was convinced the heart attack took my sanity. I can understand it causing my to lose memories, but create false ones?

It just didn’t make sense.

Then I got to thinking. What if my heart attack was the cause of these apparent changes but not in the way I was thinking.

What if I was somehow remembering a universe where one of those lucky events that allowed me to survive didn’t happen and I died in another reality? What if when we die in one reality, our conscience slips into another reality in which we lived?

I would theorize that normally when it happens you would adopt the memories of the next reality, that I wasn’t meant to have these inconsistent memories. It could be that mine is a rare case, a fluke that I retained some memories of another reality.

Yes I do realize that this could all be in my head. A heart attack is a major trauma and this might be a lingering affect. Or I might simply be delusional.

For now at least I prefer the multiverse explanation. Even if I am delusional it is causing me nor anyone else harm. I know a lot of people who put faith into crazier things with a lot less evidence.

For those of you not familiar with a multiverse theory the basic premise is that any decision or event that has a possible greater outcome than one will split off a new reality.

For instance if you come to the end of a hallway and have a choice to go left or right, two realities are created. One in which you go left and one in which you go right (actually there are many more possibilities, I just simplified it to two).

As you can imagine all the possibilities that has happened since the beginning of time means the multiverse would have an infinite number of realities.

An infinite numbers of realities leaves us with another plausible theory. That everyone gets to live forever.

Think about it.

With an infinite number of realities, in at least one (actually this would also be a infinite number) we would have figured out immortality.

If when we die, our conscientiousness jumps to the next reality in which we live then eventually we make it to the one in which we are immortal.*

Or maybe I’m just full of shit.

Let me know what you think,

Paul

*I have another post planned that will go deeper into multiverse theory that I will post in the near future.

Are We All Just A Simulation?

I often wonder if our universe is real or some kind of simulation.

Is there a way to know? Does it matter?

From what I have read, the latest thinking is that the universe is indeed real. That the computational power required to simulate the universe would be more than what would be possible.

I have a couple of problems with this explanation.

1. How do we know what is possible outside our universe?

2. The computational power needed is based on the simulation running in real time.

It is possible that outside of the simulation each second could take hours, days, years or even a millennia to render and we wouldn’t notice the difference within the simulation. When watching a cartoon do we notice that each frame took hours or days to create? The more time it takes to render, the less computational power the simulation needs.

Perhaps, the whole universe isn’t being simulated at once, just a particular point of reference. Maybe just your life and interactions are all that is being simulated. Nothing exists except that which intersects with your life.

Personally I tend to lean towards our universe being a simulation.

The reasoning behind my thinking, is that our universe seems to have a frame-rate. When we look at smaller and smaller increments of time, there comes a point where instead of fading to the next moment, time takes a jump to the next frame. That frame-rate is the energy state of electrons.

Electrons dont smoothly transition from one state of energy to the next. They make a leap to the next state without any transitioning.

I believe that if the universe were not a simulation, all time transitions would be infinitely smooth no matter how closely we look.

In the end though it really doesn’t matter, does it? Simulation or not, the universe is real enough for all within it.

Let me know what you think,

Paul

Dark Matter

Dark matter and Dark energy are ways to try and explain the apparent movement of all the observable objects within our universe, and why it is accelerating. It is behaving as if it contains far more matter than we can currently detect.

Perhaps gravity can at least account for some of this missing matter.

Imagine the classic illustration of Einsteins theory of gravity that we all have seen. The stretched membrane with marbles (representing mass) creating dimples in the membrane. Now turn over the membrane. Instead of dimples, we get projections. Instead of capturing mass, these projections would repel it.

This could be the effect of our gravity on parallel *universes and visa versa. The extra mass and energy we see could possibly be the gravitational effects of mass in a parallel universe close to our own.

Maybe one day we will find gravitational lenses where there should be none?

LOL Or perhaps I am full of shit.

Let me know what you think.

Paul

 

 

 

*I use the incorrect term “universes” for simplicity. The proper term in this instance would be “verses”.

Climate Change Deniers

I have a hard time understanding climate change deniers.

Not only is the science pretty solid but it has come to the point that even the casual observer can see the changes. Who can deny that every year brings new record highs?

Some will acknowledge the change but dispute the cause. Claim that carbon emissions produced by man couldn’t possibly affect our climate, despite the historical data and computer models that correlate with the effects we are seeing today.

Most deniers claim that the science isn’t complete. That the cause(s) may in fact be natural. Beyond mans control.

Making the claim that “the science isn’t complete” indicates that they acknowledge at least a chance that the cause(s) are man made and that is what puts them beyond my understanding.

Let’s assume that the science is wrong and we take steps to dramatically reduce carbon emissions anyway. What is the worst that can happen?

Yes, it may for the short term make energy a bit more expensive and cost jobs in the oil and coal industries, but in the long term those jobs lost would be replaced by better, less dangerous jobs in the renewable energy market. We also get rid of limited pollution producing energy sources and replace them with unlimited clean environmentally friendly energy.

The best part is that wind, solar, geothermal, bio-fuels.. ..ect, are stable, globally distributed resources. Which means that their use can only get cheaper.

Even without climate change, moving away from fossil fuels still makes a lot of sense. The long term benefits far outweigh any short term hardships.

Now, lets assume the science is right and we don’t take action to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions,

We are already seeing animals like the Polar Bear becoming endangered and facing extinction due to environmental changes. Permafrost is melting, possibly releasing diseases that hasn’t been seen in thousands of years, from which we may not have a defence.

In just a few decades we will lose billions, if not trillions of dollars worth of property in our coastal cities due to rising sea levels. Our food supply will start to dwindle due to massive crop failures and interruption of our food chain. Widespread wars will break out as people fight over disappearing resources.

Within fifty to one hundred years our environment could collapse altogether making the earth inhospitable to human life.

So which seems like the more reasonable option? Take a chance on a less than ideal economic impact or take a chance of subjecting our children and grandchildren to a miserable existence on a dying planet?

I know climate change deniers love their children, so why would they take that chance, even if they see it as a small one?

This brings up another perplexing thought. I understand that there are people who accept that climate change is real and accept that the cause is man made, yet still vote for people who would do everything in their power to ensure we keep using fossil fuels,

Why?

 What issue could possibly be more important than the fate of the climate our lives depend on?

If we fuck this world up, there is no other.

There is a tipping point and once we reach it there is no return, That point is very very close (if not already here).

Perhaps there is a line of reasoning that the deniers have that I am missing. If there is please reply and let me know.

Paul