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Post November 07, 2016, 04:16:18 PM

alternate reality VS. parallel universe

parallel universes could be different but follow the same laws of science we do, alternate realities could have different scientific laws of bound of reality i.e. magic
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Post November 08, 2016, 06:13:38 AM

Re: alternate reality VS. parallel universe

Yes, indeed...but also parallel universes might follow rules of physics that are completely different from our own rules, just think of antimatter universes whose particles have different, or opposite, qualities...

Fact is that we still know so little about universes...are they real, are they many and many? A lot of theories suggest so...After all we do know only about 30% of what represents our space...and Quantum Physics doesn't connect to the Theory of Relativity at the smallest scales known...as Einstein used to say, "I like to know that the Moon is still there also when I don't look at it...", while Quantum Physics seems to imply that particles might be different, depending on the way you look at them, and one particle once changed has the same changed qualities in every part of space, regardless of distance...

Maybe the theory of Strings might be a good solution, but it's so new, and at its first steps...

Not to say that we don't even know how gravity is trasmitted from one source to another target...where are the gravitons that many think have to be? Why don't we see or detect them...? But they must be there, somewhere, or gravity is tramitted in ways we can't even think of so far...

Too many unknown things, and this is not so bad, lot of room for many interesting Sci-Fi stories ahead of us...eh,eh :D :D :D
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Post November 08, 2016, 01:09:28 PM

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Read some Gregory Benford.
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Post November 08, 2016, 06:43:12 PM

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I recently finished G. Benford's "Cosm," and in it, a particle-collider mishap creates an entire new universe. It's able to be observed through a stable wormhole that manifests as a sphere about the size of a bowling ball.

Benford's work is outstanding, with scientific and governmental politics; excellent characterization, dialog, and setting detail; and a look at esoteric science, which, while mind-blowing, is not entirely impossible according to physics as we now know it.

This is the hardest of hard SF I've ever read, yet still makes good and full use of the human element.

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Post November 09, 2016, 04:38:52 AM

Re: alternate reality VS. parallel universe

Thanks for the suggestion...

By the way, the theory that I value most at present is the one that explains the Big Bang as a result of a short-term, though extremely powerful collision between the boundaries of two different Bubble Universes (two of many...), so our cosm has a boundary as well and possibly our galaxies will the going to meet it sooner or later (The Big Attractor someone thought of...?) in one direction or another...

This also means, possibly, that matter is an exception, the same as life, and the usual, constant state inside, or within, such Bubble Universes is just dark matter, or nothing, or darkness in ordinary terms..the same that will rule over everything once the last stars will be over one day and energy will disappears cause of black holes in billions and billions of years...

This also might mean that it's just the energy caused by collisions of matter and antimatter of the boundary of different Bubble Universes that originates everything that is within our cosm, or any cosm...which also means that one of these Bubble Universes, or two, might have galaxies inside for now, while thousands of others have not yet collided and they might ever be still untouched, and will have no galaxies or life inside, possibly now or never...who knows...eh,eh :D
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Post November 09, 2016, 02:17:57 PM

Re: alternate reality VS. parallel universe

Benford's book deals with differences in universes: after the first accidental one showed up, the mad (or just angry) scientists created another (against the advice of the scientist who got the first one). This second universe had different values for some of the constants which are necessary to our universe being the way it is. They figured out that life would be impossible in the second created 'verse.

There are only a handful of these constants, and nobody knows why they are so precise, but if any of them were different by even a very tiny percentage, we wouldn't be here talking about them.

Our ignorance is humbling. It also gives us license to speculate on the great unknowns. ;-)
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Post November 11, 2016, 12:14:27 AM

Re: alternate reality VS. parallel universe

Alternate reality versus parallel universe is an interesting study. I would assume that Alternate Reality is a subset of Parallel Universes since existence must come first before an alternate existence can be quantified. A good story might come from someone searching for the answer!

I tried to read an alternate history of the United States by Harry Turtledove but it didn’t hold my interest. However, I do like Steampunk and intent to write a story in that genre soon!
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Post November 29, 2016, 08:21:29 PM

Re: alternate reality VS. parallel universe

Wikipedia states that parallel universe and alternate reality are synomyms for each other.

Generally, I view an alternate reality is everything is the same, except for one thing that has been changed. A parallel universe, on the other hand could have an untold number of differences. The surface of the Earth may be made of tapioca and the sky a wonderful shade of brown.

I think one thing different is more fun, personally.
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