Parallel Worlds (Univers parallèles)
Parallel Worlds (Univers parallèles) (Photo credit: Gilderic Photography)

Imagine a whole world parallel to ours in which another you exists.

In this parallel world, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a president; the Twin Towers still stand and, oh yeah, there are daily flights to the moon.

However, to get to this alternate universe, one has to rip open the membrane of our reality and that of the other.  And the ripping causes all manner of destruction on the other side.

This is the gist of one of the main themes in “Fringe”. Dr. Walter Bishop, desperate to save his son Peter from a deadly genetic disease, uses a window which shows him his counterpart in the alternate world. Dr. Bishop’s son dies; however, the other Peter does not. Having seen the other Dr, Walternate, create a successful cure, Walter breaks the membrane, kidnaps the other Peter, brings him over to our side, cures him and then all hell breaks loose.

How close to truth is this story-line? Let’s find out.

English: Level II Multiverse: every disk is a ...
English: Level II Multiverse: every disk is a bubble universe. Universe 1 to Universe 6 are different bubbles, with distinct physical constants that are different from our universe. Our universe is just one of the bubbles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the early 1980’s a new theory came to light called the Inflation Theory. I won’t attempt to explain the whole idea; however, according to this theory we reside in a bubble universe. No matter how fast or far we travel in our universe, we will never get to the end of it. And there are, theoretically, other bubbles as well. These bubbles are other universes which together are called the Multiverse.

There is a belief that copies of each of us exists in these alternate or parallel universes and our decisions are different in each. In other words, in one universe, you decide to go to college, and in another you decide to go into the Marines. The outcome of each possible decision exists in one of the universes.

Physicist and author Brian Greene posits that each universe is an actual membrane. In “Fringe”, Walter Bishop finds a way to tear a hole into the membrane and walk through to the other side. Definitely a tale of just because we can doesn’t mean we should. The ensuing result, is other rips through the membranes which cause issues for the other side.

Is it possible to actually travel through our membrane to another? Come back next week and I’ll tell you what scientists have discovered.


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