No, when people talk about the “Multiverse” theory, they aren’t talking about music with a lot of stanzas or choruses. Odds are, they are talking about more basic issues like “how did the universe get here” and “why are there human beings.”
You can’t talk about those kinds of issues on Capitol Hill or anywhere else these days without somebody, sooner rather than later, confidently pronouncing something like “our universe is just one of many universes that are constantly evolving and forever changing.”
And hey, if Neil deGrasse Tyson believes in the multiverse theory, it must be true, right? I mean, right? Well, no, as a matter of fact, allow me to introduce Regis Nicoll and a fascinating analysis of the countless problems with the multiverse theory.
Just to give you a sample, check out this little piece of historical analysis by Nicoll that captures the basic definition of multiverse theory and points to the multiple problems with it (no pun intended), including the role of Elvis Presley:
“In 1957, Princeton’s Hugh Everett III proposed the many-worlds theory. Many-worlds starts with a controversial interpretation of quantum theory in which sub-atomic particles continuously split into separate quantum states.
“Everett imagined that each split created a parallel universe in which particles existed as mirror images of themselves. The result is that every possible state of a particle is realized somewhere.
“Taking many-worlds to its logical conclusion, cosmology consultant Marcus Chown quipped, ‘Elvis didn’t die on that loo eating a burger but is still alive in an infinite number of places.’
“The problems with many-worlds are many, including where all of these parallel universes exist, how an entire universe can be created by an infinitesimal change in a particle’s state, and the endless stream of universes created by every object in the cosmos at every moment in time.
“Taking many-worlds to its logical conclusion, cosmology consultant Marcus Chown quipped, ‘Elvis didn’t die on that loo eating a burger but is still alive in an infinite number of places.'”
Now I know there are still a few Elvis fans out there and I hate to be the one bringing the bad news, but he really did die and he isn’t flipping burgers in contended anonymity somewhere like Seattle or Muskogee or anywhere else.
But back to the point: If you care about such questions as why are we here, do our lives have purposes beyond cashing paychecks and making sure the boss gets re-elected, then I urge you, no, make that I implore you to click on this link and read “It’s Beyond Us” in Salvo, a publication with which, by the way, you, as an intelligent person with an inquiring mind, ought to know about.