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  1. #1 Is reality a mere collapse of the infinite possibilities? 
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    I have been wondering about reality. At any moment we could be doing anything but at that time we are doing just one possibilty out of that infinite amount of possibilities.

    For instance, as a christmas comes people get presents of course.Lets just say Bobby is opening presents and he comes across 2 presents of identical wrapping and shape(box). We'll just say these are labeled A &B. Before Christmas day Bobby was curious and looked around his mom's closet and saw he had an action figure and a remote control truck. When he was about to open a box he really wanted the truck automatically, so he could play with it.

    Eliminating outside forces, does Bobby have control over the outcome of what is inside the box because of his intentions. I know its a 50% chance he is gonna get the truck out of the box and another 50% chance he wont. Lets just say he opens it and he gets the action figure. Does that create a seperate realm in which Bobby gets the remote control truck first?

    What I am really asking is ....

    Does human intention play a role in the outcome of a situation? And in that situation is a seperate (opposite or other outcome) realm of possibilities occur?


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    I wonder sometimes if future and past are constantly battling over what version of reality will reign at any given moment. And.... at the same time... there is only ever one version that actually happens.

    So, even if time travel is possible, you can't change the past. The only places you could travel to or interact with would be those moments that (from your perspective) still haven't been determined yet. Those moments where there are still infinite possibilities, or at least more than one possibility.


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    Quote Originally Posted by I_AM_LEGEND08
    I have been wondering about reality. At any moment we could be doing anything but at that time we are doing just one possibilty out of that infinite amount of possibilities.
    If that was the case then everyone lives forever in some other universe, realm, or whatever. Did I just make a case for heaven
    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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    I'm still interested in this as a way to explain the limits of time travel. Do you have any more to add, Legend?

    So far the way I have it is that, the known present and known past are collapses of the infinite possibilities. It's only when you become aware of something or aware of the effects of something that the possibilities have collapsed relative to you.

    By this theory, a time traveler who knew you were in an accident yesterday, but didn't know whether you had survived it, could go back in time and make sure you survived, but they could not go back in time and prevent there from being an accident.
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    At first in my thinking I never came across the subject of time travel. In what you said sounds very logical yet intriguing. What interested me about this was that any moment there are numerous amounts of possibilities, and well I wondered if the universe branched of into other realms or a parallel universe. Back to my example of Bobby at Christmas, at that very moment before he opened th box(not knowing what was inside) that was one branch of reality. At that instant the box was opened and the Bobby REALIZED it was a RC truck, the universe brached off into two seperate realities. As you can see no one can ultimately change the past otheir liking. Because in the end the past of someone is ultimately where these different braches of reality become parallel or intersect at some level of space and time. One would have to go back in time in so many different directions, which would cause other branches to be formed. A possible solution would be to find where the desired branches of reality come together to form the wanted outcome(present).

    Lets say for example Bobby broke his RC truck within five minutes of opening his presnt. If he was to go back to the present opening, which is like a fork int eh road. He couldn't go to the road that leads him to opening the action figure first, that would mean that the branch of opening the RC truck first would be negated or destroyed. By destroying a branch one may set off a chain reaction. That is why it would be difficult to even fathom changing the past.
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    I suppose I take it as having reference to two things. Even a time traveler who travels every day and has long forgotten what year he/she was born still has a concept of past and present. It's their own past, and their own present. So we have absolute time vs. one's own time.

    I would define one's own future as those areas/events of space/time which still haven't been determined, and still have infinite possibilities. A time traveler can only travel to areas/events where this is true.

    As for absolute time, if I saw in prophetic vision who would win tomorrow's lottery, that moment would be in my past. It's in the universe's future, but my past.
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    Yes.

    Reality is the collapse of the realm of infinite possibilities.

    What we perceive around us is the logical result between the mathematical parameters of zero and infinity each for space and time.

    Plato/Socrates were great examples of how to try to grasp that concept.
    Does a theory of everything therefore need to be purely theoretical and only account for the known laws and forces in handling the improbability of fortune telling?

    the www feature below can explain it better.
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