Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Many Worlds Interpretation

en:Many-worlds interpretationImage via WikipediaWikipedia:

Many-worlds is a postulate of quantum mechanics that asserts the objective reality of the universal wavefunction, but denies the reality of wavefunction collapse, which implies that all possible alternative histories and futures are real —each representing an actual "world" (or "universe").

Can someone help me make sense of this jibberish?

Sounds like the storylines in my head, if I think about it. I can take my MC down different paths, or retrace and try another. I'm sure most writers will agree that it's a really neat feeling. However, I'm more interested in the Pandora/Narnia type parallel universe for my novel.

I have a way for my MC to occassionally eavesdrop between the parallel universes, because I want the reader to keep track of time and consequence. But is it necessary? I wonder... Storyline A didn't need storyline B, until I created the opportunity. Yet I have three saved versions of my novel, so they do exists sided by side on my bookshelf.

Just babbling today...
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Matthew MacNish said...

Wow. I'm not sure I can help. But one thing that sounds really interesting about quantum physics is how scientists believe that we alter the behavior of certain particles just by observing them.

Then again, the LHC was supposed to make a mini-black hole, and that never happened. said...

It all sounds very exciting. Maybe you need to go with which one just feels right in your gut when you think/read it HAPPY CHRISTMAS :O0

Old Kitty said...

Oooh. Three parallel storylines. Wow!!! Does your MC consciously see these parallel storylines and would your mc then be able to choose? How intriguing!!

GOOD LUCK!! Take care

Sarah said...

I'm convinced of the existence of parallel universes, especially as my ex-h seems to live in one.

I could make no sense of the many-worlds paragraph but then I am sober... :)

Carolyn Abiad said...

@ Old Kitty - I’ve chosen the path for my MC. But I did see a Gwyneth Paltrow movie with this sort of storyline: Sliding Doors.


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