Friday, June 22, 2012

super string theory and bill murray

ok, i just had a revelation. i'm watching groundhog day right now and something just occurred to me. if you haven't seen the movie, (don't worry, i'm not ruining anything for you) you just need to know bill murray is stuck re-living the same day over and over again. he tries everything he can think of from taking advantage of his plight to going on suicidal binges until he finds the right path before it all ends. the movie never really tells why he's re-living the same day over and over. that's not the point of the movie, but still the question lingers.

so it just occurred to me that the story could possibly be shaped by the laws of Super String Theory - most notably utilizing multiple universes, a.k.a., the Multiverse. i'll try to explain. let's start from the beginning

when you see a movie, it is in two dimensions - height and width. 2D. the screen is flat. but when you see a 3D (or 3 dimensional) movie, the image appears to also have depth. the 4th dimension is time. our brains perceive time as linear, but theoretically, that is just an illusion. we'll get to that in a minute. anyway, string theory states that for every decision or random possibility that happens to you, there are infinite alternate universes to account for those other possibilities. did you decided to eat a ham sandwich or a peanut butter sandwich today? you chose peanut butter? well according to string theory, there is an alternate universe where you chose a ham sandwich. there's also a universe where you ate both. we make thousands and thousands of choices everyday and there is a universe for every possible choice.

now this will blow your mind - what if bill murray wasn't living the same day over and over again. what if somehow his consciousness stepped out of linear time, which in turn would allow him to move between different universes within the multiverse. so everyday he is living out different choices and continues to try out every possibility until he finds the right one.

what if there was a being of some sort whose consciousness was not bound by normal time and space and was able to move from universe to universe sorting out infinite possibilities for every decision until they found the right decision? that being would technically be omniscient, all-knowing and omnipresent. that being would always know the right answer. to that person/being, a day is like 10,000 years and 10,000 years is just a day.

it almost becomes conceivable, from a scientific perspective, how a God could exist just beyond our understanding and our perception of space and time. i'll leave you with a quote from the movie:

Bill Murray:   I am immortal

Rita:   why are you telling me this?

Bill Murray:   cause i want you to believe in me......Maybe the real God uses tricks. Maybe He's not omnipotent. He's just been around so long, He knows everything.

[[[if you want to know more about string theory and dimensions beyond the 4 that we perceive, watch the videos embedded below]]]


Anonymous said...

you need to get back to the beat lab.

Andrea said...

This is kind of brilliant.

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