Parallel Universe

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Recent discoveries in quantum physics and in cosmology shed new light on how mind interacts with matter. These discoveries compel acceptance of the idea that there is far more than just one universe and that we constantly interact with many of these “hidden” universes.(1)In 1954, a young Princeton University doctoral candidate named Hugh Everett III came up with a radical idea: That there exist parallel universes, exactly like our ­universe. (2)These universes are all related to ours; indeed, they branch off from ours, and our universe is branched off of others. Within these parallel universes, our wars have had different outcomes than the ones we know. Species that are extinct in our universe have evolved and adapted in others. In other universes, we humans may have become extinct. (3)For many years, science fiction writers have linked the notion of a parallel universe to hyperspace and time travelling. (4)Parallel universes appear in numerous science fiction works, such as Phillip K. Dick's Man in a High Castle, and have appeared as motifs in numerous films, including the Clarence Oddbody sequence in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life and in Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors. (5)This roundtable will examine the history of the idea of the parallel universe, and the confluence of thinkers from fields as varied as non-Euclidian geometry, Hinduism, romantic comedy, science fiction, and astrophysics who have wrestled with this imaginative concept. (6)A physicist by the name of Alan Guth came up with a parallel universes theory based on many observations. References to his theory are called inflationary universe or inflationary theory of cosmology. (7)Professor Guth is currently the Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (8)Many of Professor Guth’s peers believe that his theory is correct. (9)He believes that when the universe began, instead of a gravitational pull to keep things together, there was a reverse type of...
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