Is there a copy of you reading this article at this precise moment in a parallel universe? Dr. Brian Greene, writer of The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of theCosmos has faith that this freakish side of nature may exist; and he debates its amazing prospects in this 3-minute TV interview. A rising number of cosmologists agree with Greene that we are but one of many universes and nonetheless one of these other worlds lies close to ours, maybe only a Millimeter away. We cannot perceive this world, as it subsists in a type of space different from the four dimensions of our normal realism. MIT’s Max Tegmark trusts this multiverse model of ‘many universes’ is grounded in modern physics and will ultimately be testable, predictive and disprovable.
“This is not sci-fi,” he says, “its real science.”
As study at the CERN Large Hadron Collider progresses, researchers are talking gradually of a “new physics” on the horizon, which has potential to help scientists comprehend more of the unknowns mysteries of our universe. This new methodology includes increasing a better understanding of dark energy, a anonymous force that some forward thinkers believe shows that a ‘sister’ universe lurks in our neighbourhood. Peculiar happenings have been witnessed by cosmologists such as the Andromeda galaxy, 2.2m light-years away speeding to the Milky Way at 200k mph. This occurrence makes sense reasonably if gravity leaking from an unseen universe were drawing the two galaxies together.
Scientists at the WMAP space telescope just found a force 10,000 times greater than the Milky Way's gravity, which they believe provides strong proof that a parallel universe may be there.
In another effort to search for parallel worlds, NASA mounted the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 at the ISS to record data that may show the presence of other universes, some of which might even be made of anti-matter. Unravelling this cosmic secret has fascinated worldwide interest. The project draws funding from most EU countries; plus Taiwan, China, Russia, and the U.S.
Could we ever visit other universe? In a new PBS interview, Riddles of the Universe, USC cosmologist Clifford Johnson said, he believed it OK to discuss this in the context of fiction (see FOX TV’s Fringe), but it’s also something that researchers can discover. Some propose that the stuff we are made of – matter and the forces of our gravity and magnetism – are the basics that stick us to this universe.
They do not allow us to leave our 4-dimensions of movement back and forth, up and down, left to right; and intellect of time. An universe may be close by, but in order for us to see or connect with it; we must first comprehend its different dimensions. We might imagine them as “new kinds of sideways.”
Nevertheless, gravity appears to permeate all universes, and it may one day become probable to connect with other universes through some revolutionary gravitational manipulation. How might we feel if a parallel world is found near by?
Johnson says, “It may make me feel less unique as a person, or maybe grateful; because many things I’ve not found time for are maybe being done by a copy of me somewhere else!”
Greene adds that some universes may be hard to differentiate from ours; others may comprise variations of all of us, where we exist but with dissimilar families, careers, and life stories. In still others, truth may be so drastically different from ours as to be unrecognizable.
Specialists forecast that as the coming decades unwind, with intelligence progressing exponentially, this ‘over-the-top’ idea will one day become a established fact. Picture visiting another Earth where another you is living a more satisfying life than yours, and you could switch places if you both agreed.
This begs the question, “What might happen if our parallel personalities met; would we combine our short comings to become better humans, or would we compete against one another?”
When might communicating to parallel universes be possible? With determination and good luck, some experts forecast this unbelievable feat could be attained by as early as 10 years; others less passionate, consider the technologies essential for this to happen could fall into place over the next 50-to-100 years. Stay tuned.