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Quantum Self: The Psychology of The Many Worlds Theory

“Understand how great is the darkness in which we grope, and never forget the natural-science assumptions with which we started are provisional and revisable things” ~William James

Imagine you are the universe, and the universe is you. Feel it: the raw stardust in your bones, the ancient heat in your blood, the infinite interconnectedness of all things in your gut. Allow the fresh intensity of the moment to transcend all moments from quantum singularity to singular perception.

Looking back, the story of you is thermodynamically layered through the push-and-pull of entropy. You’ve ascended an infinite staircase. One in which began with a singularity, and only now seems to end in a singular perception of it all.

But what if this singular perception is the illusion? What if the billions upon billions of singular perceptions—including those of other humans and animals and even insects—is but only a smaller infinity hidden within a greater infinity? What if it is less true that you are a finite being experiencing the infinite universe, and more true that you are the infinite universe experiencing itself in a finite way?

Governing this precept, the story you’ve been telling yourself is mostly fictional. It’s a multifaceted cake of hyper-delusion. Your “Self” is more multilayered masks than it is a monumental identity. Though you would probably rather the latter were true, the former is closer to the truth.

But the beauty of this is that when you embrace your multifaceted self, you get closer to connecting with the interconnected cosmos and the ever-changing, never-permanent universe itself becomes your monumental identity. You are the multiverse.

Caveat Lector (reader beware): high probability of brain pretzel ahead…

The Many Worlds Theory:

“Applying the uncertainty principle to the universe naturally leads to a multiverse” ~Michio Kaku

One way to trick yourself into perceiving reality through this kind of metaparadigm is to use Hugh Everett’s Many Worlds Interpretation of the quantum enigma. Everett came up with the idea in the 1950’s to allow cosmology to treat a wavefunction for the universe.

Many Worlds explains how an observer paradoxically creates finite substates (a universe) by simply observing the infinite reality he is immersed in. These substates are the “perceptual” reality of the collapsed wavefunction, while the unobserved (un-collapsed wavefunction) infinite reality is the “actual” Reality with a capital R.

The unobserved reality is an infinitely smeared-out wavefunction with only probable collapsibility. Whereas the observed reality is a wavefunction that has already collapsed into the perceptual reality of photons and protons and neutrons and gravity of our universe.

We can all agree on the physics of the observed reality. Whereas the physics of the unobserved reality does not exist until somehow observed. What creates the multiverse is that every possible outcome of a quantum event exists in its own universe.

The Many Worlds is the Capital-R Reality which consists of all realities, whether observed (collapsed wavefunction) or not (infinite wavefunction). The multiverse consists of all observed realities, whether they are observed by us, by different “versions” of us, or by something else.

All possible outcomes of any given state or instance from the big bang to the present moment exists somehow in its own universe. There are infinite universes branching from an infinite array of states and instances. This is the Many Worlds interpretation of the quantum enigma.

For example: We can both agree that there is an apple on the table. We can both agree how it got there, how it was grown from a tree, how the tree was grown, how time and evolution created that particular tree, and how the earth at some point in our history created an environment that could begin the evolution that led up to that tree.

But what we cannot agree on are the infinite realities where the earth never reached the point of an environment that could sustain life, let alone the tree. Or the infinite realities where apple trees don’t exist. Or the infinite realities where I ate the apple before you showed up.

All realities where the earth didn’t evolve to sustain life fall into the Cantorian Null Set relative to a living earth. All realities where the apple tree never existed fall into the Null Set relative to apple trees. All realities where I ate the apple before you showed up fall into the null set relative to your observation of the apple on the table.

But those “realities” are “elsewhere” in the multiverse. This reality, the reality where we can both agree that there is an apple on the table, is our shared perceptual reality.

The amazing thing about this interpretation is that it creates a kind of Super Anthropic Principle, where our reality exists with us in it because it just so happens to not fall into the null set of infinite realities where we do not exist.

Life, Death, and the Super Anthropic Principle: