As I’m sitting here simultaneously wondering what I need to write about for my blog post and brainstorming what I need to write next on my research paper, it occurred to me that maybe I should just write something about what I’m writing about so I don’t have to spend time writing one thing when I should be writing the next, in actuality I’ll be writing on the same thing albeit not in the same place.
Confused? Well, I am a little. You see, my research paper is on the Multiverse Theory and God. And if you think that sounds simple enough, I also have to discuss within the topic such things as Big Bang Cosmology, Chaos Theory, String Theory, and Anthropic Fine Tuning. I won’t bore you with that stuff. Relieved, right?
But I thought I could share sort of a “for dummies” version of what Multiverse Theory is all about. It’s the stuff movies and good fiction is made of, but some physicists are calling it science. You’ve seen it at work in Doctor Who, Sliders, The Chronicles of Narnia, and even versions of it found its way into Back to the Future, V is for Vendetta, and The Butterfly Effect. There are countless others, I’m sure. Stick around till the end for something really cool on this point.
What are we talking about? There are only a handful of ways to describe Multiverses, each with its own wild possibilities. First, imagine a basketball covered in bubble wrap. Each “bubble” contains everything it needs for a self-contained universe. The “ball” is ever expanding, so we’ll never be able to reach any nearby universe. There are an infinite number of them with infinite possible combinations on how the “stuff” might arrange itself. So much so that all possible combinations exists somewhere…even a universe identical to ours. That’s a Level 1 Multiverse. Just remember…they are FAR away distance wise. Remember the end of Men in Black?
A Level 2 is basically the same as Level 1, except where Level 1 takes every possible combination for arranging its matter, a Level 2 is not bound by any physical laws. So a Level 2 takes every conceivable and inconceivable way of creating their own physics. Weird, huh? They might have as many as 0 to 11 dimensions of existence. BTW…we only have 4, in case you didn’t know. This is so weird, I don’t think anyone has tried to put it in fiction.
Level 3 is the fun one. It’s the “what if” scenario, where universes are created by the branching and splitting of the current universe by each possible decision we make. What would the world look like if we’d decided one thing instead of another? Well, guess what. That world exists. There is a universe in which you made that other choice. And it was created by you at the moment you made your choice. Phineas and Ferb did an episode along these lines. In fact, this is the most popular form for use in fiction.
There’s also a Cyclic Theory, that is one universe is engaging in an infinite loop of Big Bangs and Big Crunches, continually recreating itself into something different. But that’s just not as much fun for a fiction writer.
Of course, none of this truly gets at the existence of God like they hope. Multiverse Theory is supposed to do away with the improbability of our universe to be able to sustain life by accident without the need for a designer. With infinite possibilities, nothing is improbable anymore. But in reality, it just creates more creation for God to create. It doesn’t explain why it’s all there instead of nothing being there. And if something came from nothing, then there is a necessity for God.
But the most fun part of all of this is the implications for fictional characters. According to Multiverse Theory, if something could possibly exist then there is a world in which it actually exists. So, if a fictional character could possibly exists…then there is an actual universe out there where that character truly lives and breathes. That means Winter is out there somewhere. Indiana Jones and Gandalf and the good Doctor. Dragons exist, and so do mermaids. Of course the villains also exist. Sauron and Voldemort and Jaws. Every possible combination and possibility has its own world out there as an actual universe. Because Multiverse Theory is infinite and every possibility has a chance.
It also means Star Wars really happened. In a UNIVERSE far far away. Luke Skywalker is real. Yoda is real. Darth Vader is real.
The Daleks are real. And Reevers. *shudder*