Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Coincident Multiverse, part II

 The existence of multiple universes in immediate proximity to this universe, interpenetrating one another, is the coincident multiverse. In order to understand why there is physical evidence for this, we need to understand the nature and behavior of subatomic particles, notably, the particles that form quarks, which are called gluons— because, presumably, they glue particles together.

Gluons, like some other elusive particles that display seemingly impossible ( that is, inherently inexplicable) behaviors— for example, electrons and photons— appear and disappear in what is, for all intents and purposes, an infinite number of times in every second.

Now, to appear is to exist — and to disappear is to cease to exist — and this defies the logic of the physical universe, since something that exists cannot cease to exist and then reincarnate itself instantaneously, at least not as far as we know. If these particles are, however, moving between universes in the multiverse, all of which are coincident, the particles do not need to travel any distance in order to manifest in other universes — when they leave this one, they simply manifest their presence for a brief fraction of a nanosecond inside a directly adjacent universe, where they serve exactly the same purpose and may well even serve the same set of laws — after all, given the theory of the multiverse, there is no inherent barrier to the idea of an infinite number of universes with the same laws as ours, is there?

 I think readers will agree that both the physical and metaphysical implications of this idea are profound. In the first place, it neatly explains where subatomic particles "go" when they cease to exist, by preserving both their character, energy, function, and purpose in a comprehensible context. If this theory of mine is correct, many of the inexplicable energy interactions that take place in subatomic particles can be explained simply by invoking their interaction with fellow particles in other universes, upon which they arrived back in our universe according to the changed state which is lawfully invoked by those interactions. In this way, there is in fact a form of communication between various universes; they are interdependent as well as being coincident, because the phase changes in subatomic particles in each universe affect the outcome of the phase changes in other universes, causing them to manifest in apparently inexplicable — but in fact inherently lawful — ways.

If this is correct, it means that many of the mechanisms that can't be explained in standard physics models and in quantum physics remain inexplicable only because the lawful interactions governing them lie in adjacent universes — with the reciprocal being true for us, as well.

If this is correct, it ought to be possible to test the idea scientifically by constructing a hypothetical alternate universe in which particles are acted on according to lawful principles — principles, in other words, understandable in this universe — which, although they are invisible to us, lawfully produce the changes that we see in this universe which can't be explained.

This has a number of metaphysical implications which I will get to in the next essay; for now, suffice it to say that the idea links physics and metaphysics in an interesting way. For now, I'd like to continue by pointing out that the idea of the coincident multiverse may well help explain long-standing questions in physics, such as the location of dark matter. If the manifestation of dark matter — that is, the invisible forces that seem to make up most of the mass in this universe— arises as a result of interactions in the coincident multiverse, it may well be possible to arrive at determinations about the nature of other coincident universes based solely on the amount of their mass that affects our own.

There are a lot of ideas to play around with here, but the basic concept is that many of the unseen (and, to some, supernatural) forces expressing themselves in both the quantum and  standard model can be explained by the coincident multiverse.

 In the next essay, we will discuss some of the metaphysical implications of this idea.

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