Saturday, March 28, 2009

Imagining the Omniverse - Addendum


A direct link to the above video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MptYznkv14

Last blog, we talked about the scientific fact that our universe is non-local: since this project is about imagining the patterns that exist outside of the "now" of this moment in spacetime, non-locality is a key idea to the puzzle of thinking about our universe from a timeless perspective.

Here's two of my favorite video blogs from a few months back, Dreaming of Electric Sheep, and Imagining the Omniverse.


A direct link to the above video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALkDA0mmZIA


A direct link to the above video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6D3CgF8_qk

With those two videos, we used an amazing networked screen saver created by Scott Draves, called Electric Sheep. We used the program's fluid, fractal, recursive images as a visual aid to help us imagine how the omniverse could contain all these random fluctuations, and yet within all that randomness and noise a selection pattern could arise which would view that pattern of information from just the right angle, and voilà, the wave function representing a spacetime universe and all of its probabilistic outcomes could spring into being: not with a big bang, but with a causal tree that exists timelessly, with all possible timelines already existing as per Everett's Many Worlds Interpretation. This means that what looks from our perspective to be the "big bang", "now", and the "end of the universe" are all already-existing subsets of the underlying symmetry state which I've been calling The Omniverse.

Did I lose you there? Okay then, try this. Here's a delicious little game that was just pointed out to me by guidewire.

http://www.bobblebrook.com/games/coign-of-vantage

The game comes from a company called Bobblebrook, kudos to them. In the same way that thinking about What a Flatlander Would Really See, or how Time is a Direction, or how our Holographic Universe of 4D spacetime is really a shadow of a fifth dimensional pattern (which relates to discussions we've had in Hypercubes and Plato's Cave, Flatlanders On a Line and Aren't There Really 11 Dimensions?), I would say that this game from Bobblebrook can be used to give us an intuitive way of visualizing how what looks like randomness from one perspective could be, from another perspective, a selection pattern which chose our universe from out of the Omniverse.

And not only that, the game is fun to play!

Enjoy the journey,

Rob Bryanton

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