Thursday, April 28, 2005

New Funda

In the 'New Funda' series, we present new perspectives on a wide variety of subjects. Some of these may come across as incredulous, but we challenge you to refute them.

New Fund 1: Mother Nature has provided windows to some parallel universes. In an 'infinite parallel universes' scenario, there are infinite copies of us, some of who are living exactly the same life as us. When looking into a mirror, or water in a pond, we see our parallel universe counter-parts. Being mirror image of ourselves, what we see in those windows are rather prosaic, in fact, nothing more than what we see around us. But that's not the problem of mother nature, is it?

Tell me what is wrong with this argument, with out bringing in 'newtonian explanation about reflection of light from a polished surface'.

Some interesting comments from readers, which surfaced over the weekend -
Anonymous said...
if there are infinite copies of each one of us..why do we always see the copy that matches us. Taking into account the law of probability, when i look into the mirror, i should see myself as rich, handsome and successful ( at least occassionally). :)
PhD says...
you are right, the universe that we inhabit would have been so much more interesting if we could see the 'alternate lives', see how our counterparts are having so much more fun than us. We would not need Hollywood anymore.
Anonymous said...
If the earth is round and of constant size, why do economist insist that glabalization is shrinking the globe and flattening it. Please reply without reference to terminal velocity, gravitation pull, e=mc2, f=ma, or any other high school physics that you remember. Any reference to globalization, outsoucing, capital markets and any other 'buzz word' that you have come across is also prohibited!
PhD says...
I take it that economist have a more abstract view of the globe, unlike the physicists.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

if there are infinite copies of each one of us..why do we always see the copy that matches us. Taking into account the law of probability, when i look into the mirror, i should see myself as rich, handsome and successful ( at least occassionally). :)

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the earth is round and of constant size, why do economist insist that glabalization is shrinking the globe and flattening it. Please reply without reference to terminal velocity, gravitation pull, e=mc2, f=ma, or any other high school physics that you remember. Any reference to globalization, outsoucing, capital markets and any other 'buzz word' that you have come across is also prohibited!

9:39 AM  

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