ACU-LP wrote:This is awesome; proof that I'm not the only one!
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I proposed therefore that mathematically there was an infinite chance that something could exist, an infinite number of times.
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Now in hindsight (spelling?) I realise that you aren't really allowed to do arithmetic with infinity in mathematics. But still....?
Also, before it is mentioned; I know this is more philosophy than science, but I think it still counts.
As you can see....I'm not exactly normal (sane?) and had/have a lot of time on my hands.
I came to similar conclusions via a different path.
I remember sitting in a bathtub one night, when I was about 13, thinking about the implications of general relativity. I figured that if time stopped when I hit light speed, then if I were in a space ship traveling at light speed I would be in an infinite number of places at the same time. I took this to mean that I would be everywhere. Then I tried to imagine what that would look like, and realized that it would be a straight line through space and there would be an infinite number of places that I was not - I would still essentially be nowhere.
If I could be everywhere and nowhere at the same time, then they must be equivalent. That would mean that nothing and everything were also equivalent. That would mean that the seeming paradox of why anything exists is solved - nothing exists and therefore everything exists. Everything that could possibly happen has already happened an infinite number of times, is happening right now an infinite number of times, and will happen in the future an infinite number of times.
I later decided that the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum weirdness was close enough for me to feel vindicated.
Just remembered a time/universe theory of my own (unfortunately, I can't blame this one on childhood, just altered states and unbridled creativity).
Multiple bazillions of universes exist, crisscrossing each other at all points through a bazillion dimensions. The track of your life is the trace your consciousness follows as it moves from one moment to the next, generally within the same bundle of very-similar universes.
If you try really, really hard to change your world, though, through positive thinking or transcendence or whathaveyou, you can edge your life-track over to slightly more distant universe-tracks and continue your life there, where things might be better. Or worse, if you push yourself through negative thinking and decadence.
It was a lovely hypothesis; however, it rather suffered from lack of observable evidence.
Edit: the edging of one's life-track to other uni-tracks depended on one changing one's vibrations/resonance/energy/thingummy to match that of the desired uni-track. Way way too New Age to ... confess to.
theory is remarkably similar. Imagining yourself in a world different from your own alters your trajectory through the possible worlds such that you increase the probability of that difference becoming real. Religious and magical paraphernalia like crosses, pentacles, or Hebrew letters are mnemonic devices that are used to aid in the imagining of the world you are aiming for and to solidify your belief or faith that you'll get there (which apparently matters). Someone else has already written a more mathy explanation:
Now space has no preferred direction, so why does time appear to have one, i.e. forwards rather than sideways? I suggest that the minute size of our temporal horizon fools us here. If we existed as tiny blind organisms with only a single tactile sense organ and no means of detecting lateral acceleration, we would experience the world as a one dimensional line.
, hit ctrl-f and type either "Cutting Edge Theory" to get to the beginning of the relevant article or "a TOE" to skip past the overview of why general relativity and quantum mechanics don't jive.
Even if it does turn out to be a load of nonsense, there are therapeutic benefits to training your mind to tightly monitor your thoughts and emotions.
And believing in magic is more fun than not believing in magic.