Science, reality and multiverses-1

Multiverse1Whilst browsing recently at the newsagents, a headline on New Scientist caught my eye.   It concerned the concept of multiverses, and although I did not stop to pick it up, or read the whole article, it got me thinking.

As ” alternative ” thinkers , we often assume that we somehow create our own reality as we go along, using the power of our consciousness.

Where, would you say is the science in that? Funnily enough, though, there are possible mechanisms in the cutting edge science of quantum mechanics and in some of the theories being actively researched in the physics of the universe (cosmology).

The multiverse theory hypothesizes states that  around us is not just the universe that we can see, but sets of infinite other possible universes that we cannot. Every possible combination of possibilities exist around us  in one dimension or another. We are just aware of the one we are conscious in.

There is also another more complex theory stating that for every decision that we make, we split, and one version of us goes on one path and one on its alternative. There is therefore in the universe multiple copies of ourselves following every possible path available to us. Sounds far fetched I know, but these are not new theories but have been around for many years, and are being actively pursued.

These are contentious theories, but are credible in the context of current understanding of the nature of matter. They are taken very seriously in some scientific circles. For me, the interesting aspect that they do not mention concerns what this means for the reality of mankind. If there are an infinite versions of each of us, are we conscious in all? Are we conscious in just one. Do we jump from version of reality to version of reality depending on what decisions we make?  Not only does this throw up questions about who and what we actually are, there is another concept that we take for granted which is then becomes questionable.

That I will look at next time… this space.


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