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Parallel Universes exist and one day we may visit them, experts say

By Dick Pelletier

      

    Imagine if you could jump into a parallel universe where another you is living a far more exciting life than yours, and you could trade places if you like.

    Researchers at the powerful new WMAP space telescope recently discovered a force 10,000 times larger than the Milky Way, which they believe is a parallel universe.

    Other scientists have observed strange happenings such as the Andromeda galaxy, 2.2 million light-years away speeding towards the Milky Way at 200,000 mph, which can only be explained if gravity from an invisible universe is pulling the two galaxies together.

    A growing number of scientists believe we are surrounded by an infinite number of universes that make up what is called "the multiverse." Theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, suggests that another universe may be floating just a millimeter away on a "brane" (membrane) parallel to our world. We can't see inside it because it exists in hyperspace, beyond the four dimensions of our everyday reality.

    Oxford University's Dr. David Deutsch believes a copy of you could be reading this article on a planet in another universe identical to ours, except this copy of you has just won the lottery.

    Some physicists predict that you have many twins living in parallel universes. People with the same appearance, name and memories as you exist in these other worlds and some of them are making daily life choices different from yours.

    This begs the question, "What might happen if our parallel selves met; would we combine our gifts of different life experiences, or would we compete against each other?"

    Some speculate that a parallel world exists where there are no wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and no 9/11. In other universes, the Nazis won World War II and Japan occupies western U.S.

    A few bold forward thinking scientists predict that one day, we will be able to communicate with, or even visit these parallel worlds through wormholes. Cal Tech physicist Sean Carroll believes it's not too far-fetched that in the future, someone will devise a machine that lets one universe communicate with another.

    Other future watchers believe that tomorrow's technologies will help us create wormholes that would allow matter to pass through. People would enter a wormhole transport station on our Earth, and instantly exit into a different Earth.

    Consensus among scientists has been that wormholes are so destructive that people would be torn to subatomic bits traveling through them. However, a recent paper by Utah University physicist Lior Burko raises the possibility that wormholes may not annihilate matter, and the potential for "universe-hopping" may one day be realized.

    Imagine a future where our Earth evolved and we became a Type III Kardashev civilization, with space colonies established throughout our galaxy, and in command of awesome energy sources. In this future time, technologies could enable the creation of wormholes allowing routine visits to alternate universes. The possibilities are mindboggling.

    Will travel to alternate universes ever happen? Positive futurists believe that with determination and good fortune, Earthlings will one day develop technologies that not only enable instant travel throughout our universe, but parallel world adventures could become commonplace in this amazing future.

This article appeared in various print publications and on-line blogs. Comments always welcome.

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