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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Linchpin of the Universe

"You know, it just occurred to me; if there are an infinite number of parallel universes, in one of them there is probably a Sheldon that doesn't believe parallel universes exist." 
Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper, Physicist and Future Nobel Laureate

I was watching The Big Bang Theory this morning, as I always do: begin and end the day with Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, et alii. Things seem to go so much better.

Anyhow, so there is the above quote in the episode entitled The Desperation Emanation, first aired 10/21/2010, and straight away it suddenly grabs the old attention by the windpipe.

Even though certain theories of Physics may hold that there are many universes, even an infinite number of them, "beliefs" are not necessarily infinite nor random.
Given a truly infinite number of universes, all the objects, states, facts, and states-of-affairs that are subject to the science of Physics may indeed be infinite in number, and, therefore, all phenomena have an infinite amount of slack cut to allow reality to take on every possible permutation imaginable... even many Sheldons.

However, a "belief" is not immediately obvious as being one of the objects that Physics studies.

Simply put, if there be many Sheldons, there are many Sheldon-life-histories also. We are interested in the many Sheldon histories which are annals up to a certain point, say one congruent to The Desperation Emanation.
If we have postulated an infinite set with the infinite number A of possible Sheldons due to electrons, neutrons, electricity, force, attraction, etc., we find we have yet another number of items we have neglected: beliefs, opinions, half-baked notions, dreams, aspirations, etc. which when mixed into the calculus, give us another infinite number, yet one that is greater than A. Let's call it B.

Then we are faced with another set of beliefs, opinions etc., about all of the above, giving us another infinite set - yet larger - of phenomena with a transfinite number C, and so it goes. These opinions are my opinions: the beliefs of an infinite number of me, myself, and I, and all our limitless friends.
In essence, treating mental phenomena as objects of Physics allows Reality to expand without any bounds, rational or irrational. 

The only recourse is to deny that mental phenomena are random within a many-universe schema: All Sheldons believe the same thing, no matter what universe they exist in. From this it follows that faith is not random across the span of infinite universes of string theory.
The only other alternative is to be silent, or to make belief a matter of spin, charm, up or down.

Interesting. Belief is a good harbor, a linchpin in the galaxy.

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