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Question Parallel Universes - Yeh or Nay

“There is no one reality. Each of us lives in a separate universe. That's not speaking metaphorically. This is the hypothesis of the stark nature of reality suggested by recent developments in quantum physics. Reality in a dynamic universe is non-objective. Consciousness is the only reality.” Professor M. R. Franks



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Physical cosmology points to three possibilities to explain the "fine tuning" of our Universe:

1) A Multiverse of an infinite number of parallel universes.

2) God.

3) Top-Down Cosmology... The Universe is as it is because it is observed.
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Well, maybe not in your universe... but in mine I printed this article out, cut it into neat little strips and went and bought 3 dozen donuts with it.



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If each of us lives in our own universe, interaction with others who observe the same phenomena would not/could not occur.

Strike One.

If there were a superior being who created everything, it would have to have evolved such vast powers and capabilities over vast amounts of time; therefore it would not have been in existence at Creation, and so could not have been the root cause. Dawkins, paraphrased.

Strike Two.

Saying that the universe is formed by our observations is a twisted and distorted form of logic that has little to no place in reality. What we observe is what is, period. The shadow logic that says that by observing something, we change that something is only sustainable if it can be absolutely proven that we did, in fact, change it and can prove what it was before and the process by which that change took place. It also fails to take into account observation by other species which conflict with our observations. Therefore, the Universe/Cosmos - the real term is, in fact, Cosmos - is what it is regardless of our presence, and will remain so after we are gone.

Strike Three.

Are there parallel universes. Maybe, maybe not. We are in no way equipped at the moment to observe such phenomena or to intelligently interpret such observations. Frankly, however, I doubt is, since the energy involved has to come from somewhere. Additionally, parallel cosmos would mean multiple Creators to the God crowd, and that would be not only unacceptable, but totally devastating.
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Quantum theory won't let you know how many strikes you get...
There were three arguments presented and three strikes. Rational observation does let you know, unless you still believe that by counting the number of arguments you actually changed that number from what it originally was.

I am reminded of the following comment from a film: "Too many mind..."
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If there are an infinite amount of 1 dimensions in a 2 dimensional object, and an infinite number of 2 dimensions in a 3 dimensional object, wouldn't there be an infinite number of 3 dimensions in a 4 dimensional object?

We are told there are more than 3 dimensions so that would mean an infinite amount of 3 dimension? Is that logical? More importantly is that right?
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If there are an infinite amount of 1 dimensions in a 2 dimensional object, and an infinite number of 2 dimensions in a 3 dimensional object, wouldn't there be an infinite number of 3 dimensions in a 4 dimensional object?

We are told there are more than 3 dimensions so that would mean an infinite amount of 3 dimension? Is that logical? More importantly is that right?
Mathematically speaking, there are an infinite number of dimensions.

Physical evidence only exists for four dimensions: Three spatial and one temporal.
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11 dimensions I heard, but that may be different types .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-theory

This is the BBC's take on parallel universes.



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