Grouse-Free Blogging

Posted: 2016/08/16 in Odds & Ends

In this age of internet trolls, partisan vitriol, and just plain bad manners, I no_grouseam trying something different—no crabbing, grousing, complaining, trolling, trashing, piqued commentary, or outright bitching.  Since I’ve always had a cynical streak, this may be as difficult as [nasty criticism deleted].  However, I’m getting tired of venting my spleen and sniping at stuff that bugs me.  Besides, this give me more space to wonder about the world a little, entertain interesting ideas, and appreciation the good stuff that’s always around us. So . . . it begins . . .

While on the road frMMAF(low rez)om a gig with my Celebrate Recovery praise band, the Voice In the Wilderness, in Bronson, MI, I was musing about the classic science fiction trope, Parallel Universes.  Current cosmology and theoretical physics has several conceptualizations of the Multiverse, but these need not involve any parallelism. Sci-fi, on the other hand, has a number of well-worn parallel universe schemes, and they almost all have the following characteristics:

  1. All universes contain the same people, if not the also the same places and things. Thus you and I have parallel you’s and I’s just like everyone else.  However, the you and I in other universes are likely doing very different things.  While being a pastor here, I may be a urologist in another universe, and a hairdresser in yet another.
  2. Physical laws may or may not be the same for all universes. Thus you and I could be juggling suspension bridges in one universe while walking a backward timeline in another.
  3. There are infinite parallel universes.
  4. If you meet yourself from a parallel universe, it is likely you will go insane for no particularly good reason.

I suspect that if there is such a thing as infinite parallel universes then they are parallel only because you and I are exactly the same and doing the same things in all universes. If, in fact, I am functioning as a urologist prescribing Viagra in another universe, then it cannot really be a parallel universe.  If my reasoning is sound, then there are infinite instances of me writing this blog and infinite instances of you reading it, all at the same time and in the same place.

This sounds almost infinitely dull.  I am quite content with just one universe.

If you’re still reading, then congratulations on your waste of time, and a waste of time is something we all need once in a while.

More Mental Meanderings, Appreciations, & Fabulations to come . . .

 

 

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