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## A Mathematical Answer To the Parallel Universe Question566

diewlasing writes to mention that Oxford scientists have proffered a mathematical answer to the parallel universe question that is gaining some support in the scientific community. "According to quantum mechanics, unobserved particles are described by 'wave functions' representing a set of multiple 'probable' states. When an observer makes a measurement, the particle then settles down into one of these multiple options. The Oxford team, led by Dr. David Deutsch, showed mathematically that the bush-like branching structure created by the universe splitting into parallel versions of itself can explain the probabilistic nature of quantum outcomes."
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## A Mathematical Answer To the Parallel Universe Question

• #### Yes... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:34PM (#20732315) Homepage Journal

...but this is only a valid answer in some parallel universe.

Yeah, yeah, I know it only affects physical outcomes. Laugh anyway. It's Monday.

• #### Obligatory ... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:38PM (#20732383)
But can this explain why all the men have goatees?
• #### the answer? (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:39PM (#20732415) Journal
It happens to be that the answer to life, the universe and everything in that universe is 43
• #### Re:Why is this news? (Score:2, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:42PM (#20732493)
Yeah, the article seemed to be a little lacking in the "mathematical proof" area.
• #### Re:Well if you can't believe in God.... (Score:1, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:46PM (#20732559)
Sure you can. You can believe anything you want to. Making logical sense has nothing to do with it. (reference: see all religions)
• #### Re:Parallel Universes conflict with Mind-Body Prob (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:47PM (#20732581) Homepage Journal

Think about the "mind-body problem" Okay ...

I did ... and here's my solution. Basically, there are other branches where life sucks less, and others where life suck more, etc. I'm going to find the one where life sucks less and kill my alter ego so I can take their place!!!!!!!! (Of course, that means that there's ANOTHER me in an even suckier universe gunning for me, so better be quick!)

You'd better watch out - there may be a doppelganger of you looking to do the same thing...

• #### Re:Yes... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:50PM (#20732665) Journal
In some parallel universe you simply posted a link to goatse.
• #### Re:Why is this news? (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:51PM (#20732677) Journal
The moon landing was "one of the most important developments in human history", but that doesn't mean you should report it as news on slashdot forty years later!
• #### Re:Obligatory ... (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:55PM (#20732743) Journal
Better they have goatees than goatse.
• #### Re:Yes... (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:56PM (#20732763)
And got a +5 insightful.
• #### Re:Yes... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @02:58PM (#20732797) Homepage Journal

...but in that universe, goatse is a picture of a cat going "LOL I'm all up in Schrodinger's box. I can have tuna?"

• #### Occam's razor (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @03:00PM (#20732839)
So they say they have a mathematical description of the parallel universe theory. One can construct a mathematical model that describes the geocentric solar system perfectly well, but the the heliocentric version is much simpler.

So, which is simpler?

(1) Shit happens.

(2) Shit happens. Parallel universes are created.
• #### Re:Yes... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @03:00PM (#20732843) Journal
And yet, no matter how many parallel universes there are, he still never gets laid. Where's the justice?
• #### an old chestnut... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @03:00PM (#20732849) Homepage Journal
• An engineer says that the equation approximates reality;
• A physicist says that reality approximates the equation;
• A mathematician simply doesn't care.
• #### Re:One question... (Score:3, Funny)

<nine.times@gmail.com> on Monday September 24, 2007 @03:04PM (#20732909) Homepage
I don't understand how you're using the word "ontology". Can you explain that some other way?
• #### Re:Yes... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @03:40PM (#20733423) Homepage Journal
...but this is only a valid answer in some parallel universe.

I have no idea. I didn't want to change the outcome of the article by reading it...
• #### Re:Well if you can't believe in God.... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @03:59PM (#20733737)
And the whole dark matter/dark energy thing strikes me as a load of humbug... saying there must be some undetectable, magical force acting on all the matter in the universe because the calculations we've come up with so far are inaccurate strikes me as lazy and uncreative.

It worked once before. Calculations of the orbit of the planet Uranus were noticeably inaccurate; the planet wasn't quite where it ought to have been. One explanation was that this was the result of the gravitational effect of a large amount of dark matter. This dark matter was later found and named Neptune.

• #### This is old news (Score:1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 24, 2007 @04:00PM (#20733757)
It's 2007, they are USB universes nowadays.
• #### Re:Yes... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @04:04PM (#20733829) Homepage
I'm gonna start my OWN universe. With hookers and blackjack!
• #### Re:Yes... (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @04:13PM (#20733979)
On second thought, forget the blackjack. /I love Bender.
• #### Re:Yes... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @05:36PM (#20735131)
Or maybe this. [thecheezbu...actory.com] (Assuming the deep link works.)
• #### Re:How does quantum states end up in car accidents (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday September 24, 2007 @06:15PM (#20735651)
well, here's one way. use this site [random.irb.hr]. if you get a 1, go drive head-on into someone.
• #### Re:Yes... (Score:3, Funny)

<{ten.mocrie} {ta} {kaerfshtamevissesbo}> on Monday September 24, 2007 @06:48PM (#20736067) Homepage Journal
Right here in this universe of course.

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