Skip to comments.Looking for Life in the Multiverse
Posted on 12/18/2009 12:07:14 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The typical Hollywood action hero skirts death for a living. Time and again, scores of bad guys shoot at him from multiple directions but miss by a hair. Cars explode just a fraction of a second too late for the fireball to catch him before he finds cover. And friends come to the rescue just before a villains knife slits his throat. If any one of those things happened just a little differently, the hero would be hasta la vista, baby. Yet even if we have not seen the movie before, something tells us that he will make it to the end in one piece.
In some respects, the story of our universe resembles a Hollywood action movie. Several physicists have argued that a slight change to one of the laws of physics would cause some disaster that would disrupt the normal evolution of the universe and make our existence impossible. For example, if the strong nuclear force that binds together atomic nuclei had been slightly stronger or weaker, stars would have forged very little of the carbon and other elements that seem necessary to form planets, let alone life. If the proton were just 0.2 percent heavier than it is, all primordial hydrogen would have decayed almost immediately into neutrons, and no atoms would have formed. The list goes on.
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I suppose the good news is it can still happen.
The main problem is getting to these other “universes”.
Albert Einstein once reportedly said “God does not play dice with the universe.”
I find it rather curious to see the histories of parallel Earths. The only problem would be running into these “toxic” universes.
All of this is dependent on the Universe being finite.
Have we gotten any proof it is finite?
We have looked very, very deep into the skies, and at the very limit of our perception, we see MORE. Every time the limit of our perception is extended, we still find the same thing.
No, but many people believe he gambles a lot with Earth.
It’s possibile that there are infinite universes, each with different physical constants, such as proton mass. We happen to be in this one just because we can be. In the vast majority of the others (if they exist), life is probably impossible because no stable, evolving, self-replicating, complex structures can form.
The mainstream size estimates haven’t grown for many years. These aren’t based upon how far the best telescope can see, but upon other things.
The coolest thing about the Multiverse Theory is it means in some universe somewhere there is a me that didn’t end this sentence with an ellipsis ...
Admittedly it can get pretty silly. And is there a multiverse of multiverses?
I think it would be interesting to see what my “duplicate”or “duplicates” is doing in a parallel worlds.
This is about as far as a secular mindset can get. Enough universes and you have a mulligan on everything. But you never transcend the blasted system.
There is nothing wrong to dream.
Gotta wake up sometime
Authors and television programs have made millions of dollars speculating on this subject.
Well that’s slightly different, a split-universe theory. For every random quantum fluctuation, the universe splits and all possibilities are ultimately played out. However, I hate the thought of a universe where certain things that could have happended, actually did. But maybe that’s offset by the possibility of another universe where I won the mega-lottery. By the way, these ideas of multiverses and split universes are just hypothetical at best, but interesting to think about.