I slept for a total of maybe 2.5 hours Saturday night. So Sunday night I got in bed early to catch up on sleep. Well fun fact about me, I tend to watch a lot of content on YouTube at night. Usually Barstool Sports, Gary Vaynerchuk, Dbz, etc. Last night was different…
YouTube has a strange recommendation for me to watch a clip of how humans didn’t start out on planet earth, sure let’s get nerdy. I’m already damn near asleep so I black out before it even ends of course. Well it autoplays similar videos after this one ends, which is usually what happens most nights since my old ass can’t stay awake most the time. On this night however, YouTube decided to go way down the rabbit hole..
I wake up at 4am due to me usually only sleeping 4/5 hrs a day, and the tv catches my eye. It’s these scientists at MIT talking about how right now there is someone exactly the same as me, in the same place, with different things that have taken place in that parallel universe. Wait… what? Now my best friend, Steven Angel, has eluded to this on the podcast before so I’m not new to the theory, but it was captivating to say the least with the visuals of what they were trying to say.
It’s Tuesday morning September 11, 2001. Most of us remember where we were that day and all the events that transpired. Now imagine the same exact day but it never happened, instead thanks to 1941 we lost to Hilter and Germany so you bought lunch with a bill that has his face and a swastika on it. The theory is that this would be happening at the exact same time. Now it was a lot to process at 4am, but just stop to think about it.
There are at least five theories why a multiverse is possible, as a 2012 Space.com article explained:
1. Infinite universes. We don’t know what the shape of space-time is exactly. One prominent theory is that it is flat and goes on forever. This would present the possibility of many universes being out there. But with that topic in mind, it’s possible that universes can start repeating themselves. That’s because particles can only be put together in so many ways. More about that in a moment.
2. Bubble universes. Another theory for multiple universes comes from “eternal inflation.” Based on research from Tufts University cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin, when looking at space-time as a whole, some areas of space stop inflating like the Big Bang inflated our own universe. Others, however, will keep getting larger. So if we picture our own universe as a bubble, it is sitting in a network of bubble universes of space. What’s interesting about this theory is the other universes could have very different laws of physics than our own, since they are not linked.
3. Daughter universes. Or perhaps multiple universes can follow the theory of quantum mechanics (how subatomic particles behave), as part of the “daughter universe” theory. If you follow the laws of probability, it suggests that for every outcome that could come from one of your decisions, there would be a range of universes — each of which saw one outcome come to be. So in one universe, you took that job to China. In another, perhaps you were on your way and your plane landed somewhere different, and you decided to stay. And so on.
4. Mathematical universes. Another possible avenue is exploring mathematical universes, which, simply put, explain that the structure of mathematics may change depending in which universe you reside. “A mathematical structure is something that you can describe in a way that’s completely independent of human baggage,” said theory-proposer Max Tegmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as quoted in the 2012 article. “I really believe that there is this universe out there that can exist independently of me that would continue to exist even if there were no humans.”
5. Parallel universes. And last but not least as the idea of parallel universes. Going back to the idea that space-time is flat, the number of possible particle configurations in multiple universes would be limited to 10^10^122 distinct possibilities, to be exact. So, with an infinite number of cosmic patches, the particle arrangements within them must repeat — infinitely many times over. This means there are infinitely many “parallel universes”: cosmic patches exactly the same as ours (containing someone exactly like you), as well as patches that differ by just one particle’s position, patches that differ by two particles’ positions, and so on down to patches that are totally different from ours.
“We are not down to a single, unique universe, but our findings imply a significant reduction of the multiverse to a much smaller range of possible universes.” -Stephen Hawkings
Obviously in our life time this probably won’t be able to be proven but my point here is
- Thinking someone just like me but with just different circumstances at this exact moment is wild. He’s probably blogging about Hillary Clinton winning the election or something wild.
- It takes a lot of open minded people to support these theories.
- YouTube is trying to get all it us secretly Woke AF!
Don’t even get me started on the theory of our entire life being a stimulation!!!