Monday, February 4, 2013

Infinite Universes and the Ability to Traverse Them

As I was drifting off to sleep last night, for some reason I was thinking about this.

I think one could argue that the following two premises cannot be true at the same time:

  1. An infinite number of parallel universes exist, where anything that is possible will happen.
  2. It's possible to traverse from one universe to another.
We can show that both cannot be true simultaneously with a Reductio ad Adsurdem.

Simply put, if it's possible for someone, within a civilization advanced enough to produce the technology, open up such a "trans-universe portal" into my office right now, it will, because if it's possible, it therefore will happen.

Alright, nothing is happening.

Refuted! Tada!

So, either #1 or #2 is false. I'm willing to bet it's #2.

Of course, since the scope of my knowledge (and humanity's) is limited, there could be a number of factors that play a role. Maybe there's just a lot of universes, instead of infinity. Maybe the minimum time required per universe for an advanced enough species to invent the technology hasn't been reached yet.

Interestingly enough, while I "showed" that something is not possible, what I haven't done is demonstrated that something else is more likely true. Yes, creationists, that's you I'm glaring at.

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