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    I reckon if there is an infinite number of universes, and an infinite number of new universes created in every moment, in which all different possibilities are played out, then this is the only universe in which I am still alive.

    In every other universe, I have already suffered a horrible accident. There's no way I didn't die repeatedly today. That I am still alive is simply a statistically improbable event, but one possibility and therefore true in one possible universe, which happens to be this one.

    This is how I feel about the miracle of being alive.

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    It's the only explanation that makes sense.

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    I knew things would go downhill when they started making thc-infused porters... <G>
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    Nobody here but us chickens.

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    Never tell me the odds!

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    Hmmm... 'multi-verse', eh?

    You saying life is just a prose poem?
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    You need to take your trousers to the dry cleaners.

    There are several other hypotheses for alternate universes, one follows from the anthropic principle where the universal constants are all slightly different, giving a "landscape" of universes with different physical properties.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    It's the only explanation that makes sense.
    drunk too soon?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    This thread has already gone 7 pages, wow, hot debate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    This thread has already gone 7 pages, wow, hot debate!
    I don't know why you're surprised.

    I mean, with infinite hot-button issues every second, it can only snowball, from here.

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    Sorry.
    I was a different me before, but now I'm this one.

    Whew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    I reckon if there is an infinite number of universes, and an infinite number of new universes created in every moment, in which all different possibilities are played out, then this is the only universe in which I am still alive.
    You're a real Pollyanna today - "the only universe in which I am still alive"?

    The whole idea exists only because some people can't stand the thought of quantum mechanics producing a random outcome, so all outcomes must occur. I've always thought that a bit anal even for me.

    This is how I feel about the miracle of being alive.
    I'll go along with you on that, my friend. It's a good world in spite of its problems and we are blessed to have others to share it with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    You're a real Pollyanna today - "the only universe in which I am still alive"...
    Actually, that was yesterday. An infinite amount of stuff has happened since then. I drove to work, which was surely fatal. Went up a ladder, died on every rung.

    But it occurs to me now that as there are infinite universes in which i am dead, and infinite universes in which i have not existed, there must be infinite universes in which I am still alive. Which is why I talk to myself constantly.

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    There is only one universe created in my mind and you all are figments of my imagination.
    Be wary of your critics, at peace with your decisions, and work hard to be a better man.

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    But... but... but... What happens to Schrodinger's cat in the multiverse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Never tell me the odds!

    Peace,
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    The odds are always 50/50, whenever you are... or aren't

    If you have an infinite number of personalities within the infinite number of multi-universes, would lunch be served?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Bay View Post
    The odds are always 50/50, whenever you are... or aren't

    If you have an infinite number of personalities within the infinite number of multi-universes, would lunch be served?
    My bad.

    "Never tell me the odds!"

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    If you Google "mikovsky-werner effect", this thread is the top hit!

    We are raising the level of discourse here to unpertainable heights. Very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    Actually, that was yesterday. An infinite amount of stuff has happened since then. I drove to work, which was surely fatal. Went up a ladder, died on every rung.

    But it occurs to me now that as there are infinite universes in which i am dead, and infinite universes in which i have not existed, there must be infinite universes in which I am still alive. Which is why I talk to myself constantly.
    I catch myself walking across campus and the pretty girls smile at me. It makes me feel good.

    Then I realize, "Oh, damn, I'm talking to myself again!" You know what those young women are thinking and it's the same thing my wife is saying out loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    But... but... but... What happens to Schrodinger's cat in the multiverse?
    Schrodinger's cat IS the multiverse.

    But here is what bothers me even more. When Lew mentions dying on every rung, that's really breaking the world down into very course outcomes. It's every inch of every rung. It's every heartbeat. It's every thought. It's every.... Boy, that's a lot of universes!

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    First of all, I like being mistaken for Lew. I am thinking of changing my name legally. In fact, now that I've thought of it, my name is Lew in an infinite number of realities. Just not this one.

    Secondly, the distance which I can travel without killing myself is one Planck length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    First of all, I like being mistaken for Lew. I am thinking of changing my name legally. In fact, now that I've thought of it, my name is Lew in an infinite number of realities. Just not this one.

    Secondly, the distance which I can travel without killing myself is one Planck length.
    Sorry. I'll try harder next time.

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    In one of my multiverses Empires intersect.










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    Y'know, this distinctly resembles the theological discussions about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or the precise nature of the trinity (homoousios vs. homoiousios), except most of us realize how silly it is.

    I catch myself walking across campus and the pretty girls smile at me. It makes me feel good. Then I realize . . .
    . . . that I remind them of their beloved grandfather.
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    The only thing missing from this thread is Stephen Hawking. Or maybe it's Woody Allen.
    "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Alice

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    First of all, I like being mistaken for Lew. I am thinking of changing my name legally. In fact, now that I've thought of it, my name is Lew in an infinite number of realities. Just not this one.

    Secondly, the distance which I can travel without killing myself is one Planck length.
    Yer only an 'e' away....

    Closer than most; 'missed it by 'this much'!'
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    See my post #37, below.
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    ^ Good 'un, Tom <lol>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    . . . that I remind them of their beloved grandfather.
    Yes, that too! In my defense, I'd be a young grandfather who's child had kids WAY TO SOON, but I'm getting close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    See my post #37, below.
    I've already dealt with that objection. Not in this universe, I know, and it is a lot to keep track of, but do please try to keep up with the conversation.

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    Somewhere there is a me who always has the right reply at the right moment.
    My take is that if you poke someone with a sharp stick they'll get annoyed, if you smile and shake their hand they will be your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    Somewhere there is a me who always has the right reply at the right moment.
    Yes, but that universe is not here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    I've already dealt with that objection. Not in this universe, I know, and it is a lot to keep track of, but do please try to keep up with the conversation.
    See my post #30 above.
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    This sounds so Stephen Kingish.
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