The universe that we know of today might not be accurate. Recent studies show the possibility of multiverse.
In a world that appears to be tip-toeing ever closer toward armageddon, it can be difficult to escape those anxiety-inducing existential questions. I’m talking about questions on our own mortality, the concept that we are always close to a sudden death; except now, the questions that we all explored as angst-ridden teenagers have become more dystopian that ever.
Now we ponder, not just our own existence, but that of the rest of the human race. With several of the world’s foremost military powers seemingly poised to incite a catastrophic nuclear war, can’t be a surprise that many of us are feeling more than a little pessimistic about humanity’s chances of survival.
Indeed, one of our greatest scientists, Stephen Hawking, recently claimed that it would be strongly advisable for mankind to pack up its belongings and leave the blue planet we call Earth. Hawking estimates it will be necessary for us to colonize another planet in the solar system within the next 100 years if we’re to survive.
With the threat of nuclear war, potentially devastating epidemics, overpopulation and more hanging over us all, it might come as comfort to some of the more conceptual thinkers out there that scientists believe that they have found proof for the much – discussed multiverse theory, that claims we are but one of innumerable components in a series of parallel universes.
New studies purport to have found evidence – in the form of a mystery “Cold Spot” – in space that could corroborate the multiverse theory. It might sound like something out of an old episode of Star Trek, but scientists have long held suspicions that the multiverse theory might well hold some weight.
The Cold Spot was first identified in 2004, by a NASA satellite, and is a patch of cooler space than its surroundings. It has confounded definite explanation since it was first spotted; scientists think it is unlikely to have been created by the birth of the universe, but now the new study from the Royal Astronomical Study might have finally shed some light on the mystery.
As Professor Tom Shanks of Durham University – one of the authors of the new study – explains; “We can’t entirely rule out that the Spot is caused by an unlikely fluctuation explained by the standard [theory of the Big Bang]. But if that isn’t the answer, then there are more exotic explanations. Perhaps the most exciting of these is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe. If further, more detailed, analysis… proves this to be the case then the Cold Spot might be taken as the first evidence for the multiverse.”
While it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, the multiverse theory has fascinating implications; that there would be an infinite number of differently permeating universes, playing out subtly different realities to our own.Whether this serves as any kind of emollient to our existential fears or not, mulling over the possibilities probably took your mind off it all for five minutes.