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Parallel universes: scientists ponder evidence of their existence
Dick Pelletier   Jan 1, 2013   Ethical Technology  

A growing number of cosmologists believe that we are but one of many universes and at least one of these other worlds lies close to ours, possibly only a millimeter away. We can’t see this world because scientists believe it exists in a type of space different from the four dimensions of our everyday reality.

Researchers at the CERN Large Hadron Collider recently discovered a particle change that they hope will resolve some of the unknowns about our universe, including a better understanding of dark energy, the mysterious force that some believe, provides evidence of a 'sister' universe existing in our galaxy.

Observers have noticed strange happenings such as the Andromeda galaxy, 2.2 million light-years away speeding towards the Milky Way at 200,000 mph, which can only be explained if gravity from an invisible universe is pulling the two galaxies together. Article link.

In addition, officials at the WMAP space telescope recently discovered a force 10,000 times larger than the Milky Way, which they believe offers powerful evidence of a parallel universe lurking nearby.

In another attempt to search for parallel worlds, NASA installed the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) at the ISS to record data that might prove other universes exist, some of which could even be made of anti-matter. Sorting out this mystery has attracted worldwide interest. The AMS-02 draws support from 16 nations; and is monitored by researchers at Cern. This fascinating 16-min NASA video explains.

MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark predicts that we are living in a 'multiverse' with an infinite number of universes; and that this will one day be empirically testable, predictive and disprovable. This is not sci-fi, he says, its science. View this 43-min program, "Through the Wormhole," narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Some experts predict that one day, it may be possible to communicate with; or even visit these parallel worlds through wormholes. Cal Tech physicist Sean Carroll believes it's not too far-fetched that as the future unfolds, scientists will construct a machine that allows inter-universe communications and travel.

Consensus among many scientists has been that wormholes are so destructive that people would be torn to subatomic bits traveling through them. However, a recent paper by Utah University physicist Lior Burko raises the possibility that wormholes may not annihilate matter. This has convinced a few bold visionaries to forecast that one day in the not-too-distant future, "universe-hopping" could become reality.

Oxford University's Dr. David Deutsch believes that a copy of you may be reading this article on a planet in another universe identical to ours, except this copy of you might have just won the lottery.

Some believe that you have many twins in parallel worlds. People with the same appearance, name and memories as you exist in these other worlds, but they may be making different life choices than you.

Now think of a parallel world where time travels at different speeds. Time rushes through the centuries in this distant world. Humanity has already become a Type III Kardashev civilization boasting space colonies throughout its galaxy, and the ability to extract energy from billions of stars.

Forward technologies thrive in this futuristic Kardashev world, allowing visits to other universes and backwards and forward time travel. Could a world like this ever become reality for us? Experts say that with intelligence advancing exponentially, one day, this adventure may indeed be ours to experience.

Although the multiverse theory is still in its infancy, Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind recently predicted that by 2100, philosophers and physicists might recall how our narrow 20th century concepts of a single universe eventually gave way to a bigger multiverse of overwhelming proportions.

As this 'other world science' matures, just imagine the possibilities. You visit an alternate you who is living what you consider a more exciting life and you both agree to trade places. How wild would that be?

When might Earthlings be able to explore parallel worlds? Positive futurists believe it could happen within 100-to-200 years. And, if we factor in predicted success of today's life extension efforts, many who are reading this article will survive to experience the excitement of one day meeting their alternate self.

Dick Pelletier was a weekly columnist who wrote about future science and technologies for numerous publications. He passed away on July 22, 2014.

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