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Have you ever caught yourself thinking that you exist in a parallel universe and everything is different there? However, such thoughts, when scientists, rather than ordinary people, indulge in them, can tell a lot about how our Universe works. 

So, one of the latest scientific works of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was devoted to parallel universes and methods by which one can prove / disprove their existence. But even if parallel universes exist, what are they?

Who knows what you are doing in the parallel universe

What do physicists think of parallel universes?

According to Themindunlished.com, theoretical physicist Sean Carroll expressed the view that the small-scale structure of the universe indicates the existence of many parallel worlds. Shocking comments were made on the Jeff Rogan Experience (JRE) podcast last year. Carroll says that the fact that tiny particles, such as electrons and photons, do not have a single given location in the universe, suggests that there are many parallel universes.

It should be noted that quantum physics is something that the human imagination does very poorly. For this reason, many pseudoscientists and all kinds of gurus love to mix a couple of words about quantum physics into their own ideas about the Universe. They proudly declare this at seminars and write posts on social networks. As the saying goes, if you do not understand what is happening, start talking about quantum physics. So you need to be very careful and be able to distinguish speculative statements from statements of real scientists.

The theory of the immortal universe is widespread among representatives of the scientific community

In a recently published article on the secrets of the world, we discussed quantum physics – the dance of electrons around the nucleus of atoms. This once again confirms what we already knew – at the quantum level, everything is really different. Just think about it – the empty vacuum of space is filled with tiny particles that constantly appear and disappear. Moreover, Bell’s theorem — a fundamental construction in quantum mechanics — can prove the existence of multiverses. This theorem deals with situations where particles interact with each other, become entangled, and then diverge in different directions. Of course, there are still equations, laws of physics, and laws that must be obeyed, but Carroll does not exclude the possibility that some alternative worlds may indeed exist.

In the past, Carroll put forward several innovative but controversial theories about the nature of time and the Big Bang. According to one of his hypotheses, the Universe did not arise as a result of a gigantic explosion, but is an infinitely ancient, constantly expanding Universe, in which time can flow both forward and backward. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Carroll also believes that quantum physics is not just an approximation to the truth. Now scientists are confronted with the secrets of dark matter and dark energy, and given the fact that not everything is consistent with Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, it is time to address our understanding of the quantum world.

Parallel worlds can be very different from ours, but most likely they have the same laws of physics

In 2011, physicist Brian Green wrote a book called Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of Cosmos. In it, the British physicist and popularizer of science writes that scientists cannot avoid having any version of the multiverse in their studies. Many physicists are thinking about a particular version of the theory of a parallel universe. If all this is complete nonsense, then this is a waste of time and energy. But if this idea is true, then this is a truly fantastic revolution in our understanding of the world and the Universe.

Stephen Hawking also suggested that, thanks to quantum mechanics, the Big Bang gave us an infinite number of universes, not just one. To try to prove the presence or absence of parallel worlds, Hawking, co-authored with Thomas Hertog of Leuven University (Belgium), suggested that if the multiverse exists, it should have left a trace in the relict radiation. A probe with a special detector, which Hawking and Hertog offer to send into space, will be able to detect it. 

So it is possible that Green, Carroll, Hawking and Hertog are right. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee recently announced their desire to find out whether multiverse or mirror images exist of our own reality. The New Scientist writes about this, so we are waiting for further details and hope that they will succeed soon!

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Can the Universe consciously imitate its own existence?

According to the new hypothesis, the Universe imitates its own existence in a “strange loop”. In an article published by scientists from the Institute for the Study of Quantum Gravity, it is argued that the basis of the hypothesis is the theory of panpsychism, according to which everything in nature is animated. 

The article was published in the journal Entropy and, as the authors of the work write, is designed to combine understanding of quantum mechanics with a non-materialist point of view. In other words, scientists want to understand how real we are and everything that surrounds us. Agree, this is at least an interesting question for modern science and our understanding of the Universe.

What is reality?

How real is reality? What if all that you are, all that you know, all the people in your life, as well as all events do not physically exist in reality, but are a very complex simulation? Like in the series of the animated series “Rick and Morty” when one of the characters got into a simulation and did not even notice it. Our regular readers know that the philosopher Nick Bostrom addressed this issue in the foundational article “Do we live in computer simulation?”, Which suggests that our entire existence may be the product of very complex computer models (simulations) controlled by advanced creatures whose the true nature we may never know.

I am not a supporter of this idea, but despite all the seeming madness of Bostrom’s assumption, we really don’t know what reality is. Modern science is not yet able to cognize the quantum world and understand, for example, why at the atomic level particles change their behavior when they are watched. At a time when physicists are working on building a mission that can figure out if a parallel universe or universes exists, Bostrom’s idea does not look extraordinary.

But the new theory takes a step forward – what if there are no advanced creatures, but everything in “reality” is self-imitation that generates itself from “pure thought?”

Frame from the series Rick and Morty. The moment Jerry found out that all this time he lived in a simulation

The Physical Universe is a “strange loop”, writes Quantum Gravity Research, a Los Angeles-based Institute for Theoretical Physics, founded by scientist and entrepreneur Clay Irwin. The work is based on the Bostrom modeling hypothesis, according to which all reality is an extremely detailed computer program – and they ask: instead of relying on advanced life forms to create the technology necessary to create everything in our world, is it not better to assume that the Universe itself is a “mental imitation of oneself”? Scientists associate this idea with quantum mechanics, considering the universe as one of many possible models of quantum gravity.

One important aspect that distinguishes this point of view from others similar to it is related to the fact that the initial hypothesis of Bostrom is materialistic and considers the Universe as physical. For Bostrom, we could just be part of an ancestral simulation created by posthumans. Even the process of evolution itself can simply be a mechanism by which future beings experience countless processes, purposefully moving people through levels of biological and technological growth. In this way, they generate the alleged information or history of our world. Ultimately, we will not notice the difference.

But where does physical reality come from that would spawn a simulation? Their hypothesis takes a non-materialistic approach, arguing that everything in the universe is information expressed in the form of thought. Thus, the Universe “self-realizes” into its own existence, relying on the underlying algorithms and the rule that researchers call the “principle of an effective language”. According to this proposal, the simulation of everything is only one “great thought”.

How could a simulation have arisen on its own?

Surprisingly, the answer is simple: she was always there, researchers say, explaining the concept of “timeless emergentism”. This idea says that there is no time at all. Instead, there is a comprehensive thought, which is our reality, offering a built-in semblance of a hierarchical order, full of “sub-thoughts” that extend down to the wormhole to basic mathematics and fundamental particles. The effective language rule also comes into force, which assumes that people themselves are such “emergent sub-thoughts” and experience and find meaning in the world through other sub-thoughts (called “code steps or actions”) in the most economical way (well, then) .

We do not know much, which means we must consider all hypotheses without exception

In correspondence with Big Think, physicist David Chester said:

Although many scholars advocate the truth of materialism, we believe that quantum mechanics can give a hint that our reality is a mental construct. Recent advances in quantum gravity, such as the vision of spacetime arising from a hologram, are also a hint that spacetime is not fundamental. In a sense, the mental construction of reality creates space-time to effectively understand itself, creating a network of subconscious entities that can interact and explore the totality of their capabilities.

Scientists associate their hypothesis with panpsychism, which considers everything that exists as thought or consciousness, the purpose of which is to generate meaning or information. If all this is difficult to understand, the authors offer another interesting idea that can connect your everyday experience with these philosophical considerations. Think of your dreams as your own personal simulations, the team suggests. Although they are fairly primitive (by the superintelligent standards of the future AI), dreams tend to provide better resolution than modern computer modeling and are a great example of the evolution of the human mind.

Of course, not everyone will like it, but the Universe can really have consciousness. 
At least we cannot rule it out.

Most notable is the ultra-high resolution accuracy of these mind-based simulations and the accuracy of the physics in them. They point to lucid dreaming – when the dreamer realizes that he is in a dream – as examples of very accurate simulations created by your mind that at times cannot be distinguished from any other reality. So how do you know, while you are reading this article, that you are not in a dream? It turns out that it is not so difficult to imagine that the extremely powerful computer that we can create in the near future will be able to reproduce a similar level of detail.

Of course, some of the ideas of Clay and his team in the academic community are called controversial. But the authors of the work believe that “we should think critically about consciousness and some aspects of philosophy that are inconvenient for some scientists.” We can not agree, because in science there are no or, should be no authorities. 

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The journalist predicted a cancer-free future and was healed

ABC11 American journalist Michael Perchick predicted on his Twitter account that his future would not be related to cancer. The reporter later reported healing, and the post scored 1.8 million likes.

A 28-year-old North Carolina channel correspondent said in January that he was diagnosed with cancer. However, the journalist did not somehow comment on the current state, but wrote about the future. 

“In four months, I will be the 28-year-old who defeated cancer. To the battle! ” – Perchik noted.

Many users supported his entry with comments with words of support. Some users remembered how they themselves fought with a similar diagnosis and they managed to prevail over a deadly disease. 

“I was diagnosed at the same age, two days after my 28th birthday. I’m 34 now. You will succeed, man. Kick your ass cancer,” Humphrey03Pat wrote .

In April, Perchik announced that he had completed the necessary course of chemotherapy. 

On June 5, he retweeted his January post and wrote:

“New information about my life: I was right.” 

This meant that the journalist was cured. In the comments, he met positive feedback from users. Some responded with a meme about dancing coffin carriers from Ghana, symbolizing a cancer funeral.

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Death Angel Drummer talks about meeting with Satan during a coronavirus coma

Will Carroll, a member of the Philippine-American thrash metal band Death Angel, spoke about a meeting with Satan during a coronavirus coma. It is reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 47-year-old drummer is sure he has been to hell. He fell ill with COVID-19 after a European tour of the band and was in critical condition for two weeks at a California medical center. Carroll was connected to a ventilator and was in a coma.

According to a member of the group, in nightmares, he appeared to have Satan in a female guise, who reproached him for being lazy and turned him into a monster resembling Jabba from Star Wars. After that, the drummer decided to abandon the use of strong alcohol and marijuana.

“I will still listen to satanic metal, and I still love Deicide and similar bands. As for my personal life and what I experienced, I don’t think that Satan is so cool” Carroll said. 

He explained that he was close to death, but now he feels as if he was born again.

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