The Secret of Quantum

written by Ogunwumi Abimbola

My friend had a breakup today (don’t worry, Suzy has a break up every other week; two cups of ice cream later, and we’ll be hunting for her next boyfriend 😉). Anyways, in between tears and sky-high scoops of ice cream, this was the summary of her ranting.

 “If I had known Dylan would have been worse, I would have just stayed with Jack”.

 “If I had known Ken actually liked me more than a friend, I would have gone for the dinner with him….”

You get the general idea of her bleeding heart 😜

I tried my best to relate, but like the fool that I am, as a joke, I mentioned off the top of my head, that in our vast array of multiple worlds she must have dated Jack, Dylan, and Ken. My sugar-induced friend went all wide-eyed on me, and I spent the next few hours explaining the concept of multiple worlds in quantum physics: how one version of her would have dated Dylan, another version – Ken or Jack.

“No way!” Suzy screamed, looking surprised and messy. “I had all of them?!”
“Well, technically, a version of you had one of them or maybe all of them.” 

 I went on to explain the theory of multiple worlds…

This was a theory that Hugh Everett came up in the 1950s. It was deduced from quantum physics. Specifically from the wave function. This theory claims that there is only one wave function, but when we make a decision, the other possibilities contained in the wave function do not just vanish; rather, they happen in each of the multiple worlds.

What does that mean?

It means that since my friend Suzy decided to date Dylan rather than Jack, the different versions of her would have fulfilled all the other possibilities that she didn’t achieve in this world. 🤔😬
So, in world #1 she would have dated Jack, in world #2 – both or none? There are a large number of possibilities and hence a large number of worlds. It’s uncertain if the number of worlds is finite or non-finite. 

The idea of multiple words is both amazing and mind-blowing; it implies that for every bad decision, another version of you made a better one or even a worse decision. Either way, I do not want to meet the version of myself that decided to wear that ugly orange dress to my graduation; that version must have lived through a nightmare. There are so many probabilities of what actions we would have acted out, what decisions we would have made, what places we would have gone to, and we have so many worlds accordingly.

 No possible outcome goes to waste – each action plays out in a different space. 

 How do our multiple worlds affect us?

They do NOT affect us in any way at all! We can neither see nor feel them. For all the good they do to us – they might as well be ghosts. That’s a bummer because I would like to meet the version of myself who decided to play the lottery. The most important – to meet the variant that won.😜 Maybe I’ll decide to chill a little in that world, and who knows, learn little nuggets of wisdom too. 😂

Let me know about your versions-sss of the multiple worlds…

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29 Responses

  1. Multiple Worlds is a very interesting concept, but the idea that all possible outcomes must take place is something that I would rather not think about.

  2. George F. says:

    Yeah, I knew this already but it is fun to see you writing about it…because it is “amazing and mind blowing.” Not just fiction, either. This is the theory of some of our brightest, most highly educated physicists and scientists! (And, it’s not in the Bible either…so how does the culture handle that?”) And, btw way…I met the me that did win the lottery and did invest in Apple stock when it was, like $5.00. The problem was, in this world…my circumstances changed, but I did not change. I had money but I was still me. So what did I too? Well, all the money afforded me more toys, hookers and drugs…and eventually, I bought a Dodge Tomahawk motorcycle with a top speed of 420 miles an hour, got loaded, put my biker babe in the back, and drove off a cliff into the ocean. So I prefer the humble…although sometimes wildly egotistical… me…in this universe. There’s a lesson here somewhere.

  3. George F. says:

    See…I thought everybody knew this already…but maybe not.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Yep, I kinda knew it. But I never really thought about it. I think it will be a good reminder anyway 🙂 but I don’t wanna even think about “different versions” of me 😱

      • George F. says:

        No different versions…same you, different circumstances. So you’ll behave differently because you’re responding to different stimuli. Anyway, it’s fascinating…but not something to get worked up about. LOL!

        • Victoria Ray NB says:

          Well I hope 🤞 I’m happy in each world 🙂 that’s the only matter… not sure I believe in this theory tho

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Sometimes I think that maybe the most frightening & dangerous thing in the world is …to understand how it all works 🙂

      • George F. says:

        LOL! Once you understand how it all works, the inclination would be to wipe it all out and start over. The mystery is the driving force. Like two chess players…once the victor is inevitable, one player resigns and they start a new game. Where’s the fun knowing the outcome? So dangerous…yes. Frightening? No. More like boring, let’s start over…

        • Victoria Ray NB says:

          What if you can’t start over? :)) what you just know the outcome? 🙂

  4. alexraphael says:

    Physics made sexy haha

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Exactly 😉 & then, let’s imagine that all those “versions/worlds” collided… ah, what a mess 🤪

  5. It’s all statistics which in my world amounts to arm waving, but not too vigorously when scooping ice-cream – you might splash another you behind?

  6. Very interesting!

  7. I have been thinking of multiple worlds of some time. A couple of books have hinted at the prospect with varying degrees of explicit exposure. I will be thinking more and who knows maybe a whole story on multiple worlds. I enjoyed this one

  8. Most of us are multiple personalities. When one part of you loses, the other one wins. Or is it the other way round?

    (Great post)

  9. I remember chatting with a physicists who believed in multiple worlds and that it explained some of the errors in modern thinking. Was very interesting, not a clue what he was talking about though. It’s definitely opens up so many stories.

  10. I hope the other worlds don’t have cell phones. My alter-egos are probably up to no good and I don’t want the photographic evidence floating all over the multiverse…. 😂😂🚀🚀🛸🛸🛸🛰🛰🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️🌌🌌🌌🪐🪐🏝🍕🍕🍕🍺🍺🍺

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Maybe you should write about it… place your heroes in 2 different worlds 🙂 versions of the world

  11. Simon says:

    I like this possibility too – It means somewhere I’ve done some right things lol