We may need to create a new category for posts about weird science. Look what we found this morning: Time travellers could use parallel dimensions to visit the past, scientists claim. It appears in The Sun, a tabloid newspaper published in London. They have an active comments section. Their journalistic standards must be very high, because their website declares:
We’re always after good stories and we pay big money for them every day. Celebrity, a human interest story, scandal or anything else that you think the good people of Britain would want to read about.
Okay, you’ve got the general idea. We’ll give you some excerpts from their “news,” with bold font added by us for emphasis. But first, take a look at their sub-title:
Physicists reveal sensational findings which could allow science fiction dreams to become reality.
Wowie — sensational findings! The news story says:
There are multiple timelines playing out in parallel universes, according to a team of researchers. The sensational claim was made by a team of physicists, who believe that the parallel universes can all affect one another.
Fascinating, as Spock would say. After that they tell us:
Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr Michael Hall, from Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics, claim that the idea of parallel universes is more than just science fiction. Fellow researcher Dr Dirk-Andre Deckert, from the University of California, helped further the researchers’ theory, which goes against almost all conventional understanding of space and time.
We looked up Howard M. Wiseman. Wikipedia says:
Howard Mark Wiseman (born 19 June 1968) is a theoretical quantum physicist notable for his work on quantum feedback control, quantum measurements, quantum information, open quantum systems, the many interacting worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, and other fundamental issues in quantum mechanics
As we’ve remarked before, too much exposure to quantum mechanics can do strange things to people. The Sun continues:
If there really are multiple, interacting universes, then it would be possible for time travellers to visit Earth, and every imaginable scenario would be played out in a parallel universe at some point.
That means there’s a universe out there, somewhere, where your Curmudgeon is a creationist kangaroo. Let’s read on:
Professor Wiseman said: “The idea of parallel universes in quantum mechanics has been around since 1957. In the well-known ‘Many-Worlds Interpretation’, each universe branches into a bunch of new universes every time a quantum measurement is made. All possibilities are therefore realised – in some universes the dinosaur-killing asteroid missed Earth. In others, Australia was colonised by the Portuguese.”
Wiseman must be anticipating some opposition, because then they quote him saying:
But critics question the reality of these other universes, since they do not influence our universe at all. On this score, our ‘Many Interacting Worlds’ approach is completely different, as its name implies.
Egad — other universes influence ours! Here’s more
According to the theory, our universe is just one of many enormous worlds, with some identical to our reality and others completely different. [Another newspaper] reports that the worlds are all real, and all on the same timeline, but interact when they essentially bump into each other.
Sounds reasonable. And now we come to the end:
Dr Hall [that’s Dr Michael Hall] believes that the group’s sensational theory fits with current scientific understanding, offering a new perspective rather than rewriting the physics rule book completely.
Okay, dear reader. We didn’t see anything about the promised “sensational findings,” nor anything that could conceivably test this astonishing “theory,” but quantum mechanics isn’t your Curmudgeon’s specialty — at least not in this universe — so we’ll keep an open mind. Let us know what you think.
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