Parallel Universes-A Thought to Help Tame the Ego
I’m sure we all do it. It’s completely natural to think about it often. My favorite place to think about it is on the beach at night with the roaring waves crashing in on the sand and the millions of stars looking down on me. I bet I think about it as much as the next person. Any open-minded human thinks about it as often as I do. Just how infinite is our universe and how big a part do we play in it? (Why, what were you thinking about?)
So let’s start taming that ego, shall we? Francois Fressin, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, gives some incredible data. In the Milky Way galaxy alone, our sun included, there are estimated to be over 100 billion stars. Almost all stars like our sun have a planetary system of some kind, and an estimated 17 billion earth-like planets orbit these stars. There are estimated to be somewhere around 100 billion galaxies in the universe. These staggering numbers are hard to make sense of, and make it very difficult to argue that we are the only form of intelligent life in the universe. And, I would argue there are billions of systems that are much more mature than our little galaxy, making their earth-like planets light-years ahead of us in the maturation game and possible development of life way beyond what we would call intelligent. I sometimes imagine we may be a stop on some sort of galactic tour where other beings would hear our story over the intercom system of their space-bus while looking out the windows and making faces of disgust and saying things like, “eww, how primitive.” But, most of this we have known for quite some time. Want to hear more to shrink that ego?
At the center of each galaxy lies a black hole, and one of the theories developed by modern equations show within each black hole of each galaxy lies another universe. Another perspective is our universe may be inside a black hole that is part of a larger universe, and all the billions of black holes in our universe may be doorways to other universes. The matter absorbed by black holes isn’t destroyed; it is actually expelled and returned to the basic building blocks used to create physical reality. In addition, for the more imaginative thinkers out there, we may soon develop ideas testing these black hole “doorways” may lead to alternate realities. Does your ego feel smaller yet?
Within the countless billions of galaxies in our own universe, lie countless billions of black holes, each may (according to this theory) contain within it another universe with more galaxies and more black holes. In truth, energy is infinite and we are all made of the same molecules as everything else. If you want to think on this a bit more, try this article at National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100409-black-holes-alternate-universe-multiverse-einstein-wormholes/