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    I haven't logged on in forever, it's good to be back

    Does anyone know anything about the theory of parallel universe's? I'm doing a report on it and it's kinda hard to find any definite info.

    Anyways...I'm bored...

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    Originally posted by drizzt_fan14@Apr 12 2006, 12:09 AM
    I haven't logged on in forever, it's good to be back

    Does anyone know anything about the theory of parallel universe's? I'm doing a report on it and it's kinda hard to find any definite info.

    Anyways...I'm bored...
    hey, welcome back

    parallel universes, ey?

    watch star trek?

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    :lol: I was thinking more of a national geographic article or something..

    I mentioned the essay to one of my teacher's and he suggested watching Sliders

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    Originally posted by drizzt_fan14@Apr 12 2006, 12:57 AM
    :lol: I was thinking more of a national geographic article or something..

    I mentioned the essay to one of my teacher's and he suggested watching Sliders
    yea the whole show is about that.

    so yea anyway i was bored and had 5 minutes...

    http://www.manyuniverses.com/



    from BBC's science and nature:
    verything you're about to read here seems impossible and insane, beyond science fiction. Yet it's all true.

    Scientists now believe there may really be a parallel universe - in fact, there may be an infinite number of parallel universes, and we just happen to live in one of them. These other universes contain space, time and strange forms of exotic matter. Some of them may even contain you, in a slightly different form. Astonishingly, scientists believe that these parallel universes exist less than one millimetre away from us. In fact, our gravity is just a weak signal leaking out of another universe into ours.

    In another universe, the British could win the American Civil WarThe same but different

    For years parallel universes were a staple of the Twilight Zone. Science fiction writers loved to speculate on the possible other universes which might exist. In one, they said, Elvis Presley might still be alive or in another the British Empire might still be going strong. Serious scientists dismissed all this speculation as absurd. But now it seems the speculation wasn't absurd enough. Parallel universes really do exist and they are much stranger than even the science fiction writers dared to imagine.

    Greater dimensions

    It all started when superstring theory, hyperspace and dark matter made physicists realise that the three dimensions we thought described the Universe weren't enough. There are actually 11 dimensions. By the time they had finished they'd come to the conclusion that our Universe is just one bubble among an infinite number of membranous bubbles which ripple as they wobble through the eleventh dimension.

    Each universe may exist as a bubble with its own laws of physicsA creative touch

    Now imagine what might happen if two such bubble universes touched. Neil Turok from Cambridge, Burt Ovrut from the University of Pennsylvania and Paul Steinhardt from Princeton believe that has happened. The result? A very big bang indeed and a new universe was born - our Universe. The idea has shocked the scientific community; it turns the conventional Big Bang theory on its head. It may well be that the Big Bang wasn't really the beginning of everything after all. Time and space all existed before it. In fact Big Bangs may happen all the time.

    Of course this extraordinary story about the origin of our Universe has one alarming implication. If a collision started our Universe, could it happen again? Anything is possible in this extra-dimensional cosmos. Perhaps out there in space there is another universe heading directly towards us - it may only be a matter of time before we collide.
    and heres another text:
    From PARALLEL UNIVERSES
    by Fred Alan Wolf
    (Simon and Schuster)

    INTRODUCTION
    As Woody Allen once put it, "There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is how far is it from midtown and how late is it open." Since the discoveries of the new physics, the question of the existence of parallel universes--worlds which exist side-by-side along with our own--has taken on renewed interest well beyond mere speculation.

    Today, probably more than in any other day, we are facing a revolution in our thinking about the physical universe--the stuff that you and I are made of. This revolution, brought to a head by the discoveries of the new physics, including relativity and quantum mechanics, appears to reach well beyond our preconceived vision, based as it was on the concept of concrete solid reality. The new physics points in a new and more abstract direction- -a direction indicating the need to unify our picture of the world.

    The major problem in science today is unification--bringing together a wide disparity of ideas and concepts ranging from the tiniest subatomic matter to the grandest galaxy. Today our knowledge covers a vast spectrum of ideas. And in our attempts to unify those ideas we have discovered great gaps. The science-fiction-like idea that our universe is not alone-- that there exists in some mysterious manner alongside of ours (and this needs some explaining), other universes--is the latest concept brought forward by the new physicists in their attempt to unify our knowledge. Without the existence of these other worlds, these gaps of knowledge brought into light by the discoveries of the new physics would remain unbridgeable--incapable of being solved by previous thinking.

    When pre-modern scientific thought about the universe first began with the thinking of such giants as Kepler, Galileo, Copernicus, and Newton, the universe was imagined to be a gigantic clockwork with each hand of that clock tipped with a spot marking each planet circling in the heavens around the sun.

    Light traveled at infinite or near infinite speed making every conscious event back here on terra firma always and forever eternally now throughout the infinite universe. Five o'clock in Manhattan was also five o'clock on Saturn and on the nearest star. While durations were measurable with clocks, time, itself, was eternal and unmeasurable. It was infinite and unimaginable. At that time no one could imagine that time here and time there could have any other relation to each other than the solitary moment of now.

    And the universe was imagined to be infinite in all directions. There simply was no measure for it. There was no end to space and to try to think about infinite space was hopeless, a game for fools and poets.

    Matter played its game of following exact rules of inertia and movement called equations of motion and nothing in principle was undetermined or for that matter, left for the imagination. All the universe was a giant machine ticking off throughout all eternity and occupying every corner of an infinite space. Such was our thinking prior to 1900 AD.

    With the twentieth century, ideas of Einstein and the revolution of scientific thinking brought forward by the theories of relativity, much of pre-modern thinking was changed. Some of the gaps were closed. Space was not as infinite as we had previously thought. It didn't necessarily extend on forever, infinite in all directions. Neither was time as inscrutable as thought earlier. Instead time and space joined together and the two together became a new concept called spacetime. Events were not eternally now. A pair of spatially separated simultaneous events for one observer, became past and future events for another observer simply passing by through space and in time relative to the first.

    Matter was also thought of in a new light. It was produced by the universe itself as a knot in the fabric of spacetime. It bent space and it curved time. Naturally this changed our vision of the universe's eternality and made it possible to envision just how the universe could have begun. The finite speed of light and the concept of spacetime made it possible to question just what could have occurred when time itself was now imagined to begin and all space in the universe itself was imagined to be smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.

    However, even with relativity theory, gaps in or knowledge concerning matter and spacetime still exist. Our present models of the beginning of time called cosmological theories still carry a Newtonian mechanical tinge. They still ring of clockworks and questions about what happened before the big bang--the so-called beginning of everything--paradoxically ring in our heads. And the present models still are grappling with how to bring quantum physics into the beginning of space, time, and matter.

    With the discovery of quantum physics--the physics that governs the behavior of atomic and sub-atomic matter--more gaps in our knowledge were filled. Matter was seen in a very different light. Its properties depended on how it was observed. Thus the actions of observation play a role in the atomic world that was completely unsuspected by the pre-modern scientists. That role is now suspected to even affect macroscopic matter in subtle ways that could change cosmology and indeed our concept of just what a universe is.

    The major problem of bringing together quantum physics and relativity is still with us today. We don't know how to do it. We do know that whatever theory that manages it will be quite bizarre for those who still wish a clockwork universe. In this book we will explore one the most bizarre and promising theories to come from the minds and imaginations of today's physicists; that there must be other universes beside our own.

    Parallel universes theory was invented by physicists in the hectic period of the 1950's and 1960's. It appeared as a new way to make concrete and rational some of the bizarre findings of quantum physics and general relativity. These findings aren't comprehensible without a new vision of reality. Instead they appear as problems. Nothing in our previous thinking about the physical world will make these problems go away.

    In other words, the existence of parallel universes resolves some old and not too easily solvable paradoxes. However, as you will see soon enough, it introduces a very new and apparently paradoxical way of thinking. In essence, parallel universe theory posits the existence of worlds within our technologically-extended senses, that must connect or relate with our own.

    What is a parallel universe? Like an everyday universe it is a region of space and time containing matter, galaxies, stars, planets and living beings. In other words, a parallel universe is similar and possibly even a duplicate of our own universe. Not only in a parallel universe must there be other human beings, but these may be human beings who are exact duplicates of ourselves and who are connected to ourselves through mechanisms only explainable using quantum physics concepts.

    To see why scientists are now considering parallel universes seriously as a solution to problems in the wide spectrum of thought including modern physics and cosmology we need to consider some new and exciting ideas. Hope of reconciling the ideas contained within this broad spectrum of human knowledge resides in the existence of these other universes--universes that exist side-by-side with our own and even perhaps occupying the same space as our own in some ghostly manner. This spectrum includes:

    Quantum Physics
    Unification of New Ideas About the Universe
    Relativity
    Cosmology
    A New Notion of Time
    Psychology
    --or the effects of the human mind on all of this.

    Consequently, I have divided this book into six parts, each part relating to one of the above. The second part deals with how parallel universes unifies our knowledge and the fifth part deals with how the existence of parallel universes changes our notion of time. Let me comment briefly about the other four parts of the book.

    QUANTUM PHYSICS: BRINGING IN AN OBSERVER.
    Quantum physics deals with a vast arena of physical phenomenon from subatomic, atomic, molecular all the way up to modern computer elements such as Josephson junctions which show quantum behavior on a time and space scale well within the world of human perception. Quantum physics also indicates a new effect--the effect that an observer has upon a physical system. This effect cannot be objectively understood without the existence of parallel universes.

    RELATIVITY: RELATIONSHIPS--WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
    . Relativity, including both the special and the general theories, deals with the relationships between matter, energy, space and time. It includes many weird and wonderful conceptual ideas such as gravity being the bending of time and light particles--photons-- traveling across the universe without spending anytime on their own or going anywhere as viewed from their point of view. A careful look at these classical but non-Newtonian theories indicate that our universe must contain regions of matter that strongly distort the spacetime surrounding them. These regions-- called black holes-- were at first suspected to contain places where the laws of physics would no longer hold. Now we believe that the laws of physics hold everywhere. Consequently these singular regions turn out to be mappable and turn out to be topological holes leading to parallel universes.

    COSMOLOGY: A SEARCH FOR THE BEGINNING.
    Cosmology deals with the theory of the early universe--how all the universes first began about 15 billion years ago. This theory has gone through a number of important changes in the past years. We now realize that earlier theories of cosmology must be wrong because they fail to include quantum physics in their deliberations. By including quantum physics, we find strong evidence in the existence in parallel universes.

    PSYCHOLOGY: CONSCIOUSNESS & MACHINE INTELLIGENCE.
    Psychology deals with human consciousness and with problems associated with human behavior and the nature of observation. The parallel universe hypothesis enriches the field of psychology. For example, it may help us to understand major disorders, now appearing rampant in our society, such as multiple personality and schizophrenia. I will show how parallel universe theory explains some of the problems dealing with these syndromes.

    Psychology also deals with machine intelligence. This book will also look into the possibility that parallel universe theory promises a new kind of quantum computer--one that could not exist if parallel universes were not real. This new computer would exhibit the type of intelligence that present- day computers only mimic. Such an intelligence could make the kinds of decisions that we ourselves seem to enjoy.

    These decisions would be based on both data arising in the past and on data based on the future. In fact parallel universe theory shows that the future can influence the present just as much as the past.

    PARALLEL UNIVERSES AND COMMUNICATION WITH THE FUTURE
    The fact that the future may play a role in the present is a new prediction of the mathematical laws of quantum physics. If interpreted literally, the mathematical formulas not only indicate how the future enters our present, but also how our minds may be able to "sense" the presence of parallel universes.

    Are we pressing the mathematical laws of physics too far?

    "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and so far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality,"

    wrote Albert Einstein. Einstein was undoubtedly referring to the mathematical laws of quantum physics in that these laws only describe possibilities of reality but never reality itself. Can mathematics describe reality? I believe that the answer is yes, provided we take the new view given us by parallel universes theory. The laboratory of parallel universe experimentation may not lie in a mechanical time machine--ala Jules Verne-- but could exist between our ears.

    If the parallel universes of relativity are the same as those of quantum theory the possibility exists that parallel universes may be extremely close to us, perhaps only atomic dimensions away but perhaps in a higher dimension of space-- an extension into what physicists call superspace. Modern neuroscience through the study of altered states of awareness, schizophrenia, and lucid dreaming could be indications of the closeness of parallel worlds to our own.

    It is in the hope that these radically new and, I believe quite exciting ideas, will turn out to be evidence of truth, that I have written parallel universes: worlds within our present senses.

    Fred Alan Wolf

    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    February, 1988.

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    :huh: thanks!

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    I can ask my husband. He knows about that kind of stuff.

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