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To: sittnick
There was also a scifi short story where people found out about this and started killing themselves because somewhere else another version of them did not make the same stupid mistakes.

"All the Myriad Ways" by Larry Niven.

The story involves the discovery of parallel universes where a universe is created every time someone makes a decision. Wheat bread or rye for your sandwich? Parallel universe created right there: one where you had wheat bread and another where you choose rye. The realization that such universes are created for each decision robs a large segment of the population from the belief in right and wrong. After all if you agonize over this moral choice, what good does it do you? A parallel version of yourself will make the exact opposite choice. So there is no right or wrong. Everything will occur anyway. So, given that, why not do whatever you want? Or why not think about killing yourself and in so pondering the question, another parallel universe is created in which you actually do the deed.

50 posted on 01/15/2007 9:11:08 PM PST by PackerBronco
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To: PackerBronco; sittnick

The Niven story appears to be an imaginative rendering of Everett's Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. See post #44 above...


52 posted on 01/15/2007 9:28:38 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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