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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