Another 'you' may be living in a parallel world, experts
By Dick Pelletier
Is there another you reading this article at this exact
moment in a parallel universe? Dr. Brian Greene, author of
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws
of the Cosmos
, believes that this freakish quirk of
nature may exist; and he discusses its amazing possibilities
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A growing number of cosmologists agree with Greene that we
are but one of many universes and at least one of these
other worlds lies close to ours, maybe only a millimeter
away. We can't see this world, because it exists in a type
of space different from the four dimensions of our everyday
As research at the CERN Large Hadron Collider
progresses, scientists are talking increasingly of a "new
physics" on the horizon, which promise to help researchers
understand more of the unknowns about our universe. This new
approach includes developing a better understanding of dark
energy, a mystery force that some forward thinkers believe
indicates that a 'sister' universe lurks in our
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. This phenomenon makes
sense logically if gravity leaking from an invisible
universe were pulling the two galaxies together.
Researchers at the
space telescope recently discovered a force
10,000 times larger than the Milky Way, which they believe
offers powerful evidence that a
may be in the area.
In another attempt to search for parallel worlds, NASA
installed the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2
to record data that may prove the existence of
other universes, some of which might even be made of
anti-matter. Unraveling this cosmic mystery has attracted
worldwide interest. The project draws support from most EU
nations; plus Taiwan, China, Russia, and the U.S.
Max Tegmark believes this multiverse model of
'many universes' is grounded in modern physics and will
eventually be testable, predictive and disprovable. "This is
not sci-fi," he says, "its real science."
Could we ever visit another universe?
, Riddles of the Universe, USC
cosmologist Clifford Johnson said he thought it OK to
discuss this in the context of fiction (see FOX TV's
), but it's also something that scientists
can explore. Some suggest that the stuff we're made of –
matter and the forces of our gravity and magnetism – are the
elements that glue us to this universe.
They don't allow us to leave our 4-dimensions of moving back
and forth, up and down, left to right; and sense of time.
Another universe may exist close by, but in order for us to
observe or communicate with it; we must first understand its
different dimensions. We might envision them as "new kinds
However, gravity seems to pervade all universes, and it may
one day become possible to communicate with other universes
through some futuristic gravitational manipulation. How
might we feel if a parallel world is discovered? Johnson
says, "It may make me feel less unique as a person, or maybe
grateful; because many things I've not found time for are
maybe being done by a copy of me somewhere else!"
Greene adds that some universes may be almost
indistinguishable from ours; others may contain variations
of all of us, where we exist but with different families,
careers, and life stories. In still others, reality may be
so radically different from ours as to be unrecognizable.
Experts predict that as the coming decades unwind, with
intelligence advancing exponentially, this 'over-the-top'
concept will one day become a proven fact. Imagine visiting
another Earth where an alternate you is living a more
rewarding life than yours, and you could trade places if you
This begs the question, "What might happen if our
parallel selves met; would we combine our differences to
become better humans, or would we compete against one
When might connecting to parallel universes be possible? With
resolve and good fortune, some experts predict this
incredible feat could be achieved by as early as 10 years;
others less enthusiastic, believe the technologies necessary
for this to happen could fall into place over the next
50-to-100 years. Stay tuned.
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