When we look around us, our eyes are met with reality as we know it. We see our house, our career, our friends and family and the person that we have essentially become over time. We may be happy with this reality, or we may look upon our current state wishing we had made different decisions or gone in a different direction. When all is said and done, however, the fact is that it IS reality and that is all that we have. Or is it?
There are a number of well-known and respected scientists and brilliant minds that believe that there is more to reality than the linear belief that what is and always has been will continue to be in the future. Rather than accepting that there is one path, one past that is behind us, they subscribe to the belief of multiple realities created through the decisions that we take when faced with a crossroad. As Stephen Hawking explains in ‘The Grand Design’, “Quantum physics tells us that no matter how thorough our observation of the present, the (unobserved) past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities. The universe, according to quantum physics, has no single past, or history.”
In this book, he discusses a powerful theory about the possibility of a multiverse, in which each decision we make sets two separate versions of reality into existence. For example, if you were faced with the decision of pursuing your dream career in another country or staying at home to start a family with your partner, following this theory there would be two realities created from this one choice – one in which you go and one in which you stay. Interested?
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