1. It's all about your point of view
Quantum physics and mechanics deal with how the smallest particles we know of behave. The weird thing is that at this tiny, tiny, little, weeny scale the universal laws we all know (like if I look at that light bulb when it's on – I'll see a glow) break down and nothing seems to make sense.
Because bits of matter that are smaller than an atom are affected by the way we measure them, it's difficult to predict how they will look when we try. There are lots of possible ways things could turn out. This is where it gets nuts – these tiny particles are "fuzzy".
Imagine a basketball. You have a choice of shooting one of three hoops. You pick one and shoot, and it travels up and then falls through the net. You could guess how it was going to go before you took the shot. But if your b-ball were a fuzzy particle – when you let it go it would (deep breath) TRAVEL ALONG EVERY POSSIBLE PATH BETWEEN YOUR HANDS AND ALL THREE HOOPS.
It's not until your best pal at the side of the court turned around and looked at the ball, that you would say – oh look the ball is in mid-air on the way to the middle hoop.
And this isn't just sci-fi nonsense, scientists have proved it.
What this means if you think about it is that when you close your eyes, the universe may not exist. Because if the world around us only looks the way it does because we happened to look at it – then did it exist at all before we took a peek?
Is your mind blown? Let's move on.
2. The Multiverse may be real
I love Marvel comics (and nowadays all those movies). The pages of those books are where I first came across the theory of the Multiverse. Given what we have just said with our basketball thought experiment, it could be that something might happen on the tiniest sub-atomic scale that could affect what happens on the bigger scale.
For example, the sun is shining on my solar-powered light bulbs all day long. But the sky is a bit cloudy, and I'm not sure whether there will be enough energy hitting the panel on my battery pack to charge them. I won't know until it gets dark if enough fuzzy photons struck the solar panel.
Let's say that at sun-down, the light comes on. But, due to the mysterious nature of the photons taking every possible path (and the way they travel being impossible to predict), another universe may exist where the bulbs didn't come on.
Boom! That's how the Multiverse could work. And once again, there are things in nature that we have seen, which the existence of infinite realities might explain.
3. Your brain may be a Quantum Computer
Now that we have said that the universe only looks the way it does because we decided to look at it, you have to ask yourself, what was the world like before anything existed that was looking? Did everything exist and happen in every possible way all at the same time? Maybe, is the best answer we have. (Could you work on that one please?)
There must be a link between how our brains react to what we see and think about reality itself because until we see and think about it, reality doesn't exist in the way we see it. It's a loop, like an infinity war!
And here's another fantastic thought. The human mind can out process any computer known to exist; we can pat our heads and rub out tummies at the same time, for example, which means that our brains can run many complicated programs at the same time. It needs complicated muscle control, plus feedback from your senses, and maybe even thinking about what to have for tea all happening all at once.
Perhaps the reason we can do that is down to sub-atomic particles, a mind-multiverse that we just experience as thinking? Worth a thought isn't it?
If we could truly understand what is going on and harness the possibilities, we may be able to experience the Multiverse. Even if it were inside a computer which we could interact with, we might be able to see the past, present and future, just like Enzo and the Order of Saint Nick in the Winter Family saga.
Ok, that's enough deep thought for now.
M G xx