Monday, February 27, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
While reading about theoretical particle physics (a few these theories are currently under experimentation at the LHC) and, in particular, neutrinos, I started to get a bit hypomanic. This happens from time to time and, this time, I came up with a (probably bogus) theory pertaining to the Big Bang and the multiverse.
Here's a disclaimer before I get started: I haven't taken any physics classes since I was 17, and just about everything I know about particle and quantum physics were taught to me by, well, myself. So don't take this too seriously. It's mostly just a fun train of thought I thought I'd share.
Here's a synopsis of my theory:
- Chronological cause and effect aren't the original catalysts of the Big Bang because the Big Bang (effect) required a cause. This cause, in turn, required a cause itself. And thus, we enter into a problem: thinking of the Big Bang as the initial cause of the universe is places us squarely in a logical infinite loop; it's a paradox with no solution.
- There must be some other way to account for the existence of our universe.
- Implicate order is another process that might lead to an effect without a chronologically preceding cause. The concept was introduced by David Bohm, and elaborated upon by Stephen Hawking, among others.
- There are certain theoretical conditions in Einstein's theory of relativity that allow for objects traveling at velocities surpassing the speed of light that allow for matter to travel backwards in time.
- A neutrino is a particle theorized to have the ability to travel at these kinds of speeds.
- If we can harness the neutrino's theorized ability to send information back in time, attaching, through quantum teleportation, an information-carrier to a neutrino, this new universe could inherit—through our intentional manipulations of the data being sent back in time—the initial cause required to make the Big Bang (or infinitely other universes). We would thereby create our own universe through future technologies.
- Our universe, in turn, may have been caused by yet another universe created through the same process. This would support the possibility that there is a non-finite number of alternate universes existing within the same multi-dimensional space.
This theory does not, however, imply that we were created by an alternate universe: the possibilities are infinite, and the answers lie in the future.