Maybe that déjà vu feeling of “I’ve been here before” means you are picking up signals from another universe.
Some physicists believe we are part of a multiverse, a mind-bogglingly huge collection of universes with different properties. Over at Open Culture, writer Colin Marshall wondered if déjà vu could be an everyday sign that we are living in a multiverse.
I’ve rounded up five signs we are living in a multiverse, including his excellent example…
1. Déjà vu: “Kaku quotes an analogy first made by physicist Steven Weinberg which frames the notion of a ‘multiverse’ in terms of our vibrating atoms and the frequency of a radio’s signal … And sometimes, for whatever reason, we hear two signals on our radio at once.”
2. The Mandela Effect: “Many of us — mostly total strangers — remember the exact same events with the exact same details. However, our memories are different from what’s in history books, newspaper archives, and so on. … Many of us speculate that parallel realities exist, and we’ve been “sliding” between them without realizing it.”
3. Everyday choices create daugher universes: “Quantum mechanics describes the world in terms of probabilities, rather than definite outcomes. And the mathematics of this theory might suggest that all possible outcomes of a situation do occur — in their own separate universes.”
4. Dream visits to other universes: “Our dreams are really not dreams at all, but a fascinating combination of things that are actually happening. Since time does not exist in the multiverse, when we dream, we can perceive universes displaced by billions of years (as time would indicate internally in their instances). Given just how exotic some dreams can be, it is probable that the quantum entanglement effects happening inside the brain connect it to more universes at once, each with its own laws and at completely different stages of evolution.”
5. Floating cities: “Did parallel universe open up? Hundreds see ‘floating city’ filmed in skies above China”
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