The concept behind parallel universes is not new, as it has been around for some time now, and it appears that it will not disappear anytime soon.
However, numerous scientists and experts claim that this theory is actually true.
Sean Carroll is among the numerous physicists who have weighed in on this topic, and he has made some interesting comments on the Joe Rogan Experience/podcast a few years ago.
According to him, since tiny particles like electrons and photos don’t necessarily have set location in the universe as a whole, it could be seen as proof of the existence of numerous parallel universes.
“What we have empirically are probabilities. You cannot predict what will happen next. But you can predict probability.”
“Physics is stuck trying to understand the fundamentals of nature and the Big Bang.”
“It’s time to take a step back and understand its foundations. It’s time to tackle our understanding of the quantum world.”
“We see our world, and we have an idea of what’s going on,”
“We demand our theories of physics respect that. But that’s really not the right way to think. It’s the other way around.”
Carroll wrote a book, ‘Something Deeply Hidden’, which explains the many-worlds theory and breaks down the reasons why we get the world as we do and other things of the sort.
While the entire concept might appear vague, abstract, and hard to understand at first, the more we do, the more progress we can make to uncovering its truth if there is one.
Here is what Nature wrote about Carroll’s book and his views:
“Carroll argues that the many-worlds theory is the most straightforward approach to understanding quantum mechanics. It accepts the reality of the wave function. In fact, it says that there is one wave function, and only one, for the entire Universe. Further, it states that when an event happens in our world, the other possibilities contained in the wave function do not go away. Instead, new worlds are created, in which each possibility is a reality. The theory’s sheer simplicity and logic within the conceptual framework of quantum mechanics inspire Carroll to call it the “courageous” approach. Don’t worry about those extra worlds, he asserts — we can’t see them, and if the many-worlds theory is true, we won’t notice the difference. The many other worlds are parallel to our own, but so hidden from it that they “might as well be populated by ghosts”.
For physicists, the theory is attractive because it explains many puzzles of quantum mechanics. With Erwin Schrödinger’s thought experiment concerning a dead-and-alive cat, for instance, the cats simply branch into different worlds, leaving just one cat-in-a-box per world. Carroll also shows that the theory offers simpler explanations of certain complex phenomena, such as why black holes emit radiation. Furthermore, the theory might help to develop still-speculative ideas about conundrums such as how to combine quantum mechanics with relativity theory.
Something Deeply Hidden is aimed at non-scientists, with a sidelong glance at physicists still quarreling over the meaning of quantum mechanics. Carroll brings the reader up to speed on the development of quantum physics from Max Planck to the present and explains why it is so difficult to interpret, before expounding the many-worlds theory. Dead center in the book is a “Socratic dialogue” about the theory’s implications. This interlude, between a philosophically sensitive physicist and a scientifically alert philosopher, is designed to sweep away intuitive reservations that non-scientists might have.
Nevertheless, non-scientists might have lingering problems with Carroll’s breezy, largely unexamined ideas about “reality”. Like many physicists, he assumes that reality is whatever a scientific theory says it is. But what gives physicists a lock on this concept, and the right to say that the rest of us (not to mention, say, those in extreme situations such as refugees, soldiers, and people who are terminally ill) are living through a less fundamental reality? Could it be that we have to follow Heisenberg’s lead? That is, must we rely on tools for talking about the complexities of reality that philosophers have developed over millennia to explain why the fox has such a tough time reaching those grapes?”
Watch the video below to learn more about the theory from Carroll himself: