The Theory of Branching Realities (dimension Travelling Voyeurism)

I used to fantasize about going back in time—ideally with all the knowledge that I have now—to try and change the outcome of my (non-)relationship with A. I'm not entirely sure how that could happen (never mind the time travel part) and maybe it would be like Groundhog Day—no matter what I did she would end up rejecting me. But it was still a useful fantasy. But with all the time that's passed, and all that's happened in her life, and the happiness and joy that she has shared with E—I would never want to undo that. If you're at all familiar with quantum mechanics, there is this idea that all realities exist simultaneously until observation forces the wave function to collapse into a single reality. Some people believe that there is only one reality, and nothing is real until the wave function collapses. (So if a tree falls down in the forest and no one is around, there is no sound.) Other people believe that all realities exist, and we only get to see the reality that our wave function collapses upon. If you've ever watched Sliders, or Quantum Leap, you'll know what I mean. What I want to be able to do is jump between these different arcs of reality. Not necessarily to change things, but to just watch. If I could just find that particular branch where things actually worked out between me and A, and I could see how that life unfolds, I would be OK with my particular branch of reality. Wow. It's kind of pathetic. Oh well.
victorious victorious
26-30, M
2 Responses May 5, 2007

It's an interesting way of looking at it! My understanding of QM is strictly at a very superficial level, but it seems to me that in the scenario you're proposing it would be a case of displacing one observor (the you observing the desired wave function collapse outcome) with another (the you who wrote this entry in The Experience Project). What then happens to the Observor who gets displaced? It would seem that they really ought to end up observing this branch of the potential outcomes! So in reality, you'd just... be doing something really harsh to your(other)self :D<br />
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Incidentally, there are some theories that postulate no wave function collapse, which would offer you a few other options as to how it could work. <br />
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I must admit I have a situation of similiar regrets, but I have a slightly more deterministic view of (macro) reality - things work out the way they do largely because of certain major preconditions. In other words, que sera, sera. :)

That is what I have wanted for a long time now. If you figure it out let me know. Everyone needs a sidekick on those shows ;)