Well, the closest thing to parallel universes in rigorous, non-startup-yogi physics, is the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, attributed to Hugh Everett. This is not a proven theory, in fact, we don’t know if it is even provable. It is just an interpretation put forth as one of the possible explanations for some of the bizarre and unsettling results of QM experiments. QM postulates that all matter, electrons, protons, cats, you and me… exist as probability fields, rather than as localized bodies. Therefore our beloved billiard balls electrons from middle/high school are actually more like clouds. However the cloud can never be seen, for it is not physical, but a probability density cloud. If we try to see the electron, the cloud vanishes and all we see is the billiard ball. The density of the cloud at a location tells us the probability of actually seeing the ball there. Yet the ball could be anywhere, and indeed is simultaneously everywhere, in the cloud, even if the cloud spans the entire universe. Imagine one electron, smaller than anything you can imagine, indivisible (as far as we know), being at every point in the universe at the same time. It is not our ignorance of the truth that the probability cloud represents, but the fundamental way nature itself behaves. Its not that you don’t know whether your cat is dead or alive, its that the cat is both dead and alive, existing as a cloud of all possibilities, and when you open the box, probability is all that separates pet from landfill. QM is the most counter-intuitive theory mankind has ever had to deal with, yet it is not something we created. It is the puzzle revealed to us by nature, one that is more bizarre than anything we want to believe and yet it has stood the tests of time and our adamant faith in our sensory perception. And so we make interpretations to reduce the majesty of nature’s puzzle into familiar, if arguably mundane, blocks. Rather than accept that the cloud is a probability wave and every time a measurement is made, God rolls a die, one may choose to believe in many-universes. That every time a measurement is made, the universes branch each one realizing a possible outcome. And all the possibilities that can happen, do happen. You however, happen to reside in one of the worlds and see only one of the possibilities, while your copy in a parallel universe wins the lottery. Thus everything that could have possibly happened in our past but did not, has occurred in the past of some parallel universe. Your existence, your past, and future is still random, but at least the lottery tickets are ‘real’ and not an unfathomable mist.
And this is where Burt comes in and says, “there an infinite number of parallel universes, each with an alternate version of you, or as the site (and HIMYM) calls it, your doppleganger. Some of them might be great painters, or musicians, or scientists. There is an infinite number of parallel universes coexisting with us in the same room, but you cannot tune into them unless you are on the same frequency. And Quantum Jumping allows you to open the same frequency.” So the goal of the program is to teach you to jump through parallel universes and talk to alternate more successful ‘you’s and they will be kind enough to teach you the ways of awesomeness. And apparently that’s pretty easy. “You don’t need to be a mad scientist to master Quantum Jumping. All you need is an open mind, and the willingness to learn.”… and $167 to get the DVD from Burt. The website goes on to claim that more that 180000 people have benefited from the ‘scientific’ breakthrough of jumping through universes to access your genius dopplegangers’ wisdom. Some of the people came through writing stellar reviews of the process…
#Suggested Reading –
The epic book about a book about alternate histories…
The Man in the High Castle. : Philip K Dick.
No connection, just one of my favourite bands and albums
“Parallel Universe” – Californication – Red Hot Chilli Peppers