Tossing a coin for another life

In which I try to imagine whether it will be heads or tails.

Coin on a table

I don’t believe in the Multiverse, it seems a bit over complicated to me. For the  uninitiated the multiverse is the idea that for every decision that can be made an alternative universe is created. If you toss a coin there is one universe created for it landing heads and one for tails (not counting the one where it lands on its side and the one where you don’t catch it and it rolls under the sofa).

Let’s say you have you do a coin toss once a day, then you are creating 730 different realities a year. If everyone on the planet did the same then we are creating 5,110,000,000,000 universes a year. This is just human decisions over a coin toss, it doesn’t count the myriad of choices we make every day let alone over a lifetime.

Let’s throw a little chaos theory in while we are talking all physics.

That’s just a picture of Professor Brian Cox, this will give my physics a more populist bent.

For everyone of those decisions I am changing the outcome of any event, in my new reality the course of actions will rapidly veer away from the prime timeline. It’s all to do with butterflies being stamped on by dinosaurs. Stopping your grandparents from meeting can result in the non-existence of a whole family, with the ripples filtering out to change the course of history.

Take the upcoming birth of Baby #2, the following events all took place to bring this around (in reverse order):

  • Married Mrs G
  • Met Mrs G
  • R introduced me to Mrs G
  • Made friends with R
  • Got a job at Calor
  • Made Redundant
  • Had an ‘episode’
  • Fell out with people at Opticians
  • Turned down by a Princess
  • Got a job at Opticians

Throw in not passing my exams, dropping out of university twice and so forth. Then all the butterflies that flapped their wings so Mrs G made friends with the right person and the actual birth of any Baby G is a miracle. Any slight change to this sequence breaks it, the fragility of reality is such that a tiny decision is as important as big decision.

To speculate on the impact of the new multiverse is as pointless as the Giant Panda. The impact of doing well at University may have been that I was involved in a road accident in 2004, not applying for that job at the opticians could have made me a lottery millionaire.

It is not possible to plot a new history more than a coin toss ahead.

Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.

Source: The Road Less Traveled

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

2 thoughts on “Tossing a coin for another life”

  1. While I am fascinated with the multiverse idea, the thought of each indecision is pretty overwhelming. I mean there are billions of people on Earth alone, and if each person created a new universe every time they made a decision…. Yeah, it’s mind boggling.

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    1. What I think is interesting is that those who believe in the multiverse seem to only want it to work on the big decisions we make. If I think to all the decisions I make every day I still seem to go to bed at the same time and wake up the next day with my alarm. In the end each decision gets reset and doesn’t seem to have a lingering effect.

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