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hoodatsaydat

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Parallel universes
« on: September 22, 2019, 02:23:42 PM »
To my surprise I couldn't get traction on this subject in the Spiritual forum so I thought I'd try it here. Comments?
In 1957, a Princeton physics graduate student named Hugh Everett showed that the consistency of quantum mechanics required the existence of an infinity of universes parallel to our universe. That is, there has to be a person identical to you reading this identical article right now in a universe identical to ours. Further, there have to be an infinite number of universes, and thus an infinite number of people identical to you in them.

Most physicists, at least most physicists who apply quantum mechanics to cosmology, accept Everett’s argument. So obvious is Everett’s proof for the existence of these parallel universes, that Steve Hawking once told me that he considered the existence of these parallel universes “trivially true.” Everett’s insight is the greatest expansion of reality since Copernicus showed us that our star was just one of many. Yet few people have even heard of the parallel universes, or thought about the philosophical and ethical implications of their existence. Kepler and Galileo emphasized that the Copernican Revolution implied that humans and their planet Earth are important in the cosmos, rather than being merely the “dump heap of the filth and dregs of the universe,” to use Galileo’s description of our standing in the Ptolemaic universe.
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Re: Parallel universes
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2019, 02:32:54 PM »
Usually we jump from one parallel universe to another without realizing it but if we pay attention to details in our surroundings we can sometimes spot it.
When I lived in Oklahoma I was largely self sufficient but there were certain basic necessities I couldn't provide so I made a monthly trip to town to get them. Part way on the drive I would pass over a small stream and I often wondered if it was worth fishing in.
Then one day as I made the drive the stream was no longer there; in fact there was only a slight depression between hills. It was overgrown and there was no indication that it had ever been a stream. I knew at that time I had switched universes. Had I not taken particular note of the stream beforehand the switch may well have never been noticed.
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Re: Parallel universes
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2019, 02:39:30 PM »
I contend (without proof) that all of the "mes" in the universes have a psychic connection and we do not make a physical shift. The me in this universe continues on with my life here even as my consciousness shifts to the other me.
Sort of overwhelming to realize that there are an infinite number of mes in existence and they are all reachable by the present me if only I knew how to turn it on and off. The switches must have an impetus of some sort.
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Re: Parallel universes
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2019, 10:14:00 PM »


You can sometimes FEEL the “otherness” going on. I think that’s  what spurred the big “ Live in the moment/ mindfulness stuff.” It gives comfort when pondering  the whole death deal.
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Re: Parallel universes
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2019, 10:54:17 PM »
That raises another question. When I die in this universe do the other mes die also or do they go on without my awareness?
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Re: Parallel universes
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2020, 09:35:15 AM »
I know this topic is stale, Billy, but I wanted to post here anyway, and I hope you will read it.

There is an excellent DVD on this subject called "What the Bleep do we Know?" I have watched it several times and it continues to amaze me. Once in a while a used copy shows up.

Hope you are feeling well these days.

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Re: Parallel universes
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2020, 09:15:06 AM »
Yes, I've also watched it. The world never looks the same after you see it. It's too much to absorb at one sitting. You have to watch it several times before you even begin to grasp it.
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