38. The 9 Wonders

In the evenings, after many years, I’ve finally decided just to draw. Who cares if it’s pretty?

So I draw a story again, like I did in my younger days, say, from 1988-1994-ish.

Finally.

It’s a story, I just make up as I go along. About a girl who can travel between parallel universes. Based on a quirky Japanese movie I once saw: The Dimension Travelers.

Why are parallel universes so fascinating to me? I don’t know. Perhaps because the notion is so ‘out there’ that it should be the stuff for science fiction only.

But since it is a notion – a set of theories – seriously considered in modern physics … perhaps that makes it all the more ‘out there’.

Real scientists take this stuff seriously?!

Yes. They do.

Now, the American theoretical physicist and string theorist, Brian Greene, has proposed nine types of parallel universes. Here’s the list:

Quilted

The quilted multiverse works only in an infinite universe. With an infinite amount of space, every possible event will occur an infinite number of times. However, the speed of light prevents us from being aware of these other identical areas.

Inflationary

The inflationary multiverse is composed of various pockets in which inflation fields collapse and form new universes.

Brane
The brane multiverse follows from M-theory and states that our universe is a 3-dimensional brane that exists with many others on a higher-dimensional brane or “bulk”. Particles are bound to their respective branes except for gravity.

Cyclic

The cyclic multiverse has multiple branes (each a universe) that have collided, causing Big Bangs. The universes bounce back and pass through time until they are pulled back together and again collide, destroying the old contents and creating them anew.

Landscape

The landscape multiverse relies on string theory’s Calabi–Yau spaces. Quantum fluctuations drop the shapes to a lower energy level, creating a pocket with a set of laws different from that of the surrounding space.

Quantum

The quantum multiverse creates a new universe when a diversion in events occurs, as in the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Holographic

The holographic multiverse is derived from the theory that the surface area of a space can simulate the volume of the region. In short: Our universe is a giant hologram of a ‘higher reality’.

Simulated

The simulated multiverse exists on complex computer systems that simulate entire universes.

Ultimate

The ultimate multiverse contains every mathematically possible universe under different laws of physics.

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Pretty wondrous, huh?

When I think of these options, and that just one of them may be real, that makes me feel a certain quickening.

It immediately causes me to break free from the normally quite dulled, everyday, grey-ish, droning, hum which is life. As it apparently just is.

Get up in the morning, eat your cornflakes. Go to work (if you have one). Don’t forget your raincoat.

Yes, that is also life. And good that it is so.

But what would we do without Wonder, too?

What would we do without 9 different parallel universes?

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