Saturday, September 03, 2005

Not to worry, the Technological Singularity will keep us alive!

It seems that no matter what I go through, I never seem to die. I've had several close-to-death events. Despite many of the things I went through however, I still live.

One event that comes to mind would take place in the summer between 3rd and 4th Grade (IIRC). I was having serious asthma problems and went to sleep with considerably shallow breathing. At approximately 1 AM, I had very EXTREMELY shallow breathing when Dad woke me up. He then took me to a supermarket to get me an inhaler.

Now that I think of it, I think that was very, very miraculous (I assume via divine intervention) because what was Dad doing that early in the morning? How did he sense that I had serious trouble breathing?

But after doing some self-study on Quantum Immortality, I have reason to believe that I died in my sleep that night, but woke up in an alternate universe, of course not being aware of that. I don't remember what my dream was from that night but God knows if I had gone to Heaven briefly only to be told that I'll still live a full life in an alternate universe every time I "die" in a previous one, and certainly not remember such events.

I've had other close calls with death ever since, and am becoming sure that I've died those times in other universes too, but survived so that I'm alive in this one.

Here is something of note from a Quantum Immortality Wiki on Wikipedia:

"Imagine that a physicist detonates a nuclear bomb located beside her. In almost all parallel universes, the nuclear explosion will vaporize the physicist. However, there should be a small set of alternate universes in which the physicist somehow survives (ie. the set of universes which support a "miraculous" survial scenario)."

I think in all of the alternate universes that she survives in, she may have simply decided against detonating the bomb at all, or may have even chosen an entirely different line of work so that she never comes near a nuclear bomb.

Likewise, earlier in my life, I may have decided to turn right at an intersection where I otherwise would have gone straight and gotten killed by an oncoming 18-wheeler!

Now you are thinking, "But why is there still death in the world?"

To that I'd reply, "They're probably alive and well in another alternate universe. They might have been foraging on top of a hill when the tsunami struck, or in some alternate universes, the tsunami never even happened!" As soon as someone dies, they probably just leave this universe and pick up where they (more nominally) left off in another.

Now you see why there have been no widespread nuclear exchanges yet? In previous universes, we may have wiped ourselves out clean. You see, supernatural (and/or quantum) forces were at work to ensure a nuclear holocaust "never" happened. There were times in history that we EASILY could've gone through it and wipe out humanity, but it goes to show you that Quantum Immortality also (possibly) works on a GLOBAL level.

By now, you may have also thought, "But when we get old, will we still live forever anyway, from the first-person point of view?" There have been 900+ year-old biblical characters for one, there were also 150+ year-old people later in human history, and the oldest living human today (if current) is a 125 or 126 year-old woman from Brazil. Not to mention that Ray Kurzweil's dream of immortality due to medicinal advances will (hopefully) come true, or already has, even before Ray was even born (in some universes)!

You think that's unrealistic? Someone on the Mind-X Forum at several weeks ago said Frank Tipler postulated that there are "10^10^123 possible states in the universe" (or perhaps all universes for this matter). You can never imagine how much that is.

But with that many states possible, people may have even found in antiquity an easily-grown herb that universally grants immortality to those who consume it. That herb may have been formed if something different happened in nature 7 millenia ago, or may have been on Lemuria at one point for all we know. This explains the possibility that anyone who died in ANCIENT times whether of old age or anything else in our universe is thriving happily in an alternate one.

So have you ever held a gun? If so, then you've killed yourself in many universes, by accident and on purpose, accidentally discharged the gun and killed others in many others, or someone may have done the same to you. But in this universe, you were more careful while holding it, then put it back, and live the life you're living now.

Bottom line- the Singularity will not kill us. Incomprehensible quantum forces will work to keep us thriving, no matter what happens.

Quantum Immortality:
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1 comment:

  1. wait, then why don't people suddenly remember their alternate-universe lives? i realize that they would be identical after a near-death experience, but what if some other you died from some choice (s)he made years ago and suddenly beams into you? and what if your life is a statistical aberration and you are the only you left? Personally, i believe that when anything with a cerebrum dies, the shock of death leaves an imprint in the universe at the quantum level, that can't be sensed by any human sense unless the QI (quantum imprint) wills it (i.e, ghosts). the QI would appear as him/herself to other QIs, because that's how they see themselves... unless they were very confused, in which case they would be something different