I’ve noticed that the concept of a multiverse – an infinite number of parallel universes – has made its way into popular culture. I see it all over the internet, and have even overheard people casually talking about it at bars and restaurants. Not surprisingly there are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to the theory, but most are small details that layman don’t really need to bother with. There is on HUGE misconception though, and I’d like to address it. First let me show you what I mean…
Sadly even if our universe is one of an infinite set of universes, it doesn’t mean that I’m banging Emma Watson in an infinite number of universe, it doesn’t mean that I’m Batman in a parallel universe, or that there is a universe where the multiverse is incorrect.
The problem comes from the following jump in a person’s logical progression. They think if there exists an infinite number of things then all things exists, but this is a fundamental misunderstanding of infinity. The easiest example I can give is this:
There is an infinite set of irrational numbers between 0 and 1, but you will not find pi in that set. The same goes for an infinite number of universes. It could be the case that someone very similar to me is banging someone very similar to Emma Watson in a parallel universe, but the multiverse does not necessarily imply the existence of that possibility.
Sorry for the buzzkill friends, but the multiverse is pretty neat to think about even without the prospect of getting it on with Emma Watson. I will write a blog about it in the future.