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Original Post by subwaybusker:

i believe in parallel universes - that is when people die they live in another dimension, like sort of...on top of us, you know what i mean? now, normally we can't see them, but due to certain glitches in the "system" aka the universe, we sometimes come into contact with these beings, which we refer to as ghosts.

So I just finished reading some books in which some of the characters travel from one realm to another, seemed akin to parallel universes to me (though it wasn't, but I'm not smart enough to explain why not).

And then I searched the lounge for a previous thread on parallel universes, and found the above quote in a thread about ghosts.

Then I tried to find a simple explanation of parallel universes and this was the closest I got.

Seemingly, some physicists think there are parallel universes, and because of infinity, and statistical probability, they think there are bound to be other people out there somewhere, even if we can't get to them. (tell me if I'm wrong here, I'm just doing my best to summarize)

Is it possible that hell is just a really nasty parallel universe that someone somehow visited and came back here to tell us about it?

Or likewise, could heaven be a really awesome parallel universe that people wished they could stay in?

Do you think parallel universes are likely to exist? Do you think they might explain some things that haven't been explained yet, like ghosts?

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It would be nice if it did. I would be very comforting to know our loved ones are "alive" somewhere else living their lives.

And then I hope they're all in the same place so I can see them again!

I love the theory of multiple universes...it intrigues me.

I think it highly unlikely that we are the only life forms that exist in human shape.  Space is far too large to have us as the sole inhabitants.

I believe in ghosts.  (I am 100% certain my Mom came to me about 10 days after she died.)  Thus, if there is another plane of existence for them, why not a completely parallel universe(s)?

Cracks in the space time continuum to allow for slips from one to the other wouldn't surprise me at all.

 

I do think it's possible. We are, I believe, aware of only a small portion of what we describe as 'natural law'.

the example of how two universes might interact with each other in one of the links above was if you imagine unfurling a sheet over a bed and flapping it to try and get it to lay flat. Where the sheet touches the bed during the flapping would be how the two universes would touch each other with no catastrophic reaction... or something.

Maybe one of our sciencey members will stop by and shed some light on it.

 

People who believe we are the only living beings out there in this entire universe are downright silly.

For me, in my head, there just has to be more, our existence is pointless otherwise.

So yes i do believe, that there is a place our souls go when our human form is dead.

Awww, man.  I'd love to participate here.  Too bad my brain is mush.  It literally feels like I could stick a finger into my squishy little brain.  

I'll try again tomorrow. 

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Do you think parallel universes are likely to exist? Do you think they might explain some things that haven't been explained yet, like ghosts?

I think it's possible that parallel universes exist, but I would have to read up more on the theory and science behind it to have a more informed opinion.

I have no idea if they would explain "ghosts" - I've never been one to think that just because a theory can explain something that it actually does.   They would have to determine a definition for ghosts, with demonstrable and measurable characteristics, and validate it with repeated observations, to have any kind of hope of tying their supposed existence to any scientific theory.

Plus, most instances I've read of ghost sightings can be easily be explained with known scientific phenomena.

*buzzkill exits*

Original Post by roxysparkles:

People who believe we are the only living beings out there in this entire universe are downright silly.

I do wonder why we've seen no evidence of other living beings. Are we the first humanoid life forms in the universe, or the last? Or are we so technologically backward that we simply can't spot them yet?

Or is it more that there is only room for one humanoid species per galaxy? That would make sense when you consider our tendency to expand to fit our environment...

I don't know.  I've never really believed in ghosts, but have always enjoyed ghost stories, ghost tours, and I'd love to go ghost hunting.  It's really hard for me to say that I don't believe in them because I've never seen one, because I believe in God, and obviously haven't seen Him.  I guess I'd be open to the possibility that ghosts exist.

Original Post by kathygator:

Or are we so technologically backward that we simple can't spot them yet?

Or we're not really here:

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in.  However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds.  Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero.  From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination. (Douglas Adams)

Seriously, it's not like we have the means to go out and find them.  Space is really really big, and, even according to the awesome information we have from Hubble, is mostly empty. 

I know what I want to say...I think....Undecided...possibly not enough coffee today...when I start to think of parallel universes and whether we are where WE think we are...

 

WOAH.  head rush.

 

As for ghosts/spirits...deffo believe.  My Bamma (gramma) visits me whenever I'm in the middle of some personal or familial crisis...a squeeze on the shoulder...whiff of her perfume...it's extremely comforting.  When I cannot find a special personal item (wedding ring...daughter's fave movie... etc), I can kinda meditate and it's like I hear her voice in my head or I see a picture of where the item is.  It doesn't seem to work with necessary items like car keys or chequebooks...only items that have a special heartfelt meaning to me.

Anyone ever capture orbs (balls of light energy) in photos?  Anyone else out there ever SEEN them with the naked eye?

Coolcool thread.

Original Post by tamji:

Anyone ever capture orbs (balls of light energy) in photos?  Anyone else out there ever SEEN them with the naked eye?

I saw a blueish-white ball of light about, I don't know, within 8 feet of me. It was hovering at about eye level if I were standing up. And after a few moments, it moved across the room toward the window and when it hit the window, I heard a pop and then it was gone.

(I do have a floater in one eye, but it doesn't look like that - I know what it looks like, so it wasn't a floater.)

*nods furiously*

yep.  exactly.  I googled a few years ago and found out that different coloured orbs mean different types of energy.  we had a black orb (seriously) like the size of a large housefly that would float in the air about my shoulder height (I'm 5'5") from the wall the stove is against over to the window and then just *poof* disappear.  It would travel in a loopy lazy kinda flight.  No noise.  Windows all closed.  Distance travelled was about 6 feet.  I thought I was going bananas when one of my daycare toddlers who was about 3 at the time said "wow...yookit dat!"

Surprised

one site suggested that a black orb would be a small energy, such as a pet.  We had just lost our beloved pet rabbit Max, who happened to BE a black rabbit....we'd been playing in our ezee set pool - you know, those kind with the blowup rings around the top, you just fill it and voila instant pool - anyway, he'd been hopping all around the pool all afternoon like a dog, he was very curious.  That night we went out for dinner and he never came inside before we left...not too strange, he had an open hutch in the backyard and it was summer...he would just scratch at the door to come in/go out.

Anyway, we got back from dinner and still no Max.

The next morning, we found him in the bottom of our pool Cry.  I never in a million years thought a rabbit could make the 3.5foot leap...we were just sick, picturing him paddling around for hours, not being able to get out......anyway, so I think that's who was visiting us....it wasn't scary to see the orb...

wow sorry for rambling....

Seemingly, some physicists think there are parallel universes, and because of infinity, and statistical probability, they think there are bound to be other people out there somewhere, even if we can't get to them. (tell me if I'm wrong here, I'm just doing my best to summarize)

The continuum theory maybe it's called???? We are all energies and even though our bodies die our energy may live on for a certain amount of time.
I think I listened to a podcast on it once..it was really intriguing

There was a good Radio Lab about The (Multi) Universe(s)

Eureka!  How many parallel universes exist?  42!

Now 42 works as an asnwer and parallel universes could be the question!

(If you've not read Hitchhiker's Guide and the rest, then you'll have no bloody clue what I'm talking about.  Ask the mice.  They can explain it all.)

 

 

Original Post by kathygator:

Original Post by roxysparkles:

People who believe we are the only living beings out there in this entire universe are downright silly.

I do wonder why we've seen no evidence of other living beings. Are we the first humanoid life forms in the universe, or the last? Or are we so technologically backward that we simple can't spot them yet?

Or is it more that there is only room for one humanoid species per galaxy? That would make sense when you consider our tendency to expand to fit our environment...

To be fair, we haven't looked very far.  The distance that we're able to look is miniscule compared to the amount that's actually out there.  Also, I watched a documentary in which they said that the images and signals that we get from other planets/galaxies/whatever are from years ago in the past -- like 1,000 years.  It takes time for it to travel to us.  So though we may have viewed/listened to a spot and heard nothing, 1,000 years have passed since, and there may be something there now.

There's a documentary series called Through the Wormhole that's hosted by Morgan Freeman and each episode, they touch down on certain topics.  It's absolutely fascinating.  So far I've watched one about time travel (which they say IS scientifically possible to travel to the future but we don't have the technology to do it) and I watched one about dimensions of the universe.  I highly recommend everyone check out the series.  If anything else, they're very entertaining.

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I have heard that "the other side" is about 3 feet above ground. that could explain why ghosts look like they are floating. I definatly believe in ghosts and in a heaven which i think is the same as the other side or at least a pathway to it

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