MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
It is a well-kept secret, but we know the answer to life, the universe, and everything. For those who are fans of Douglas Adams, you may think the number is 42 – the truth is that it’s not 42 – it’s 137.
This absolute number determines how stars burn, how chemistry happens and even whether atoms exist at all.
The brilliant physicist Richard Feynman said that 1/137 is a number that all theoretical physicists of worth should “worry about”. He called it “one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man”.
That magic number, called the fine structure constant, is a fundamental constant.
It is denoted by the Greek letter, Alpha.
What’s special about Alpha is that it’s regarded as the best example of a pure number, one that doesn’t need units. It actually combines three of nature’s fundamental constants – the speed of light, the electric charge carried by one electron, and the Planck’s Constant.
In the final episode of Netflix’s popular series “Stranger Things” the fate of not just the characters but the entire world, hangs on a character’s ability to remember Planck’s Constant.
Named for the German physicist Max Planck, Planck’s constant describes the behavior of particles and waves, including the particle of light, the photon.
In the “Stranger Things” episode, Planck’s Constant is the code to open a safe that contains keys that will close the gate to the “Upside Down” or the parallel universe.
When Sheriff Hopper enters the wrong code, it’s up to Dustin to reach out via ham radio to his girlfriend from camp, Suzie, to get Planck’s Constant.
Unfortunately, Suzie wants to sing a duet with Dustin, the theme from the movie “The Neverending Story”. After a musical interlude, Suzie reels off Planck’s Constant as 6.62607004, Dustin relays the information to Hopper and the safe opens.
Planck’s Constant plays a part in our very existence. The fusion reaction that takes place on the Sun fuses four hydrogen atoms into one helium atom. It is crucial to our reality – or to the existence of our reality.
Ironically, it is important for our Never-Ending existence.
Scientists noted that the code that was given in the TV Show was the Plank’s Constant of 2014 instead of 1985 and wondered if it was poor writing – or that in the Stranger Things universe, there is a glitch that somehow would thrust the characters into the future or some other dimension.
For those who are fans of the show, this might explain a few things – stranger things, but the secret numbers and codes to the secrets of our reality are constantly being measured and there are improvements to the measurement of what we call reality all the time.
Scientists are always numbers and equations and how if there is one number that is off or if there is some sort of miscalculation we may see or experience a glitch in the matrix – a paradox that could destroy our very existence.
A couple of days ago, I was told that there was a Reddit thread that I would be interested in reading because of the show we did with special guest Nick Hinton regarding the end of the world and not knowing that we have passed into another dimension because of possible problems with the stability of the Higgs-Boson or the God Particle they discovered at CERN.
Apparently there is a Reddit thread where people just discovering that perhaps they are living in a simulated reality and that the things they have taken for granted in their so-called reality have somehow glitched.
People are sharing their creepiest ‘glitch in the matrix’ moments and the answers are terrifying.
Here are a few weird examples that I picked up while reading the blog entries:
The first one reads: “I was on vacation in Florida visiting a friend; we were walking on the beach on a perfectly sunny day when everything went black for a second. I think it was weird but explained it away thinking that my eyes were playing tricks on me until he looked at me and said ‘did everything go black for a second?'”
“About two years ago, I went to pick up my husband from the ferry after work. My husband got into the car and as I was driving very slowly out of the car park we both noticed two people standing a few feet in front of our car. It looked as though they were strangers, older looking professionals, both walking to their separate cars in different areas of the car park. The man was reaching into his side bag and the lady was further ahead than the man, with her head turned to the right.
I know the exact positions they were in because they were completely frozen in place. Not moving – motionless and static.
My husband and I sat there watching the frozen strangers, not saying anything to each other and then all of a sudden it was like someone pressed play and the two strangers just continued on as nothing had happened. My husband and I promised each other that we would never forget how weird the experience was. I can’t remember exactly how long they stayed frozen like that but it was long enough to freak us both out!”
“1985. My ex-wife and I were sleeping. There was a small sliver of light coming in through the window from a streetlight, so the room and bed were dimly visible. Our black Pomeranian was at the end of the bed asleep.
I dreamt that I woke up, reached down to pet him, and he turned into a glossy black slug-like creature that opened up to reveal rows of gleaming glass teeth. I woke up to my ex backpedaling up the bed over the pillows towards the wall.
I asked ‘what’s wrong??’ She said, ‘what is that shiny black worm thing with the teeth at the end of the bed?? Where’s the dog?’
We had had the same nightmare at the same time. It gave us chills”
Most of us have had one of those moments – a moment where nothing is quite as it seems.
I recently had a glitch where I woke up with dry mouth and needed to go downstairs to the refrigerator to find a bottle of water to drink. I remember that Janine had said she had a doctor’s appointment early and so she was not in the bedroom when I awakened. I went downstairs through the front room to the kitchen.
I opened the fridge and there was no water. I darted back towards the stairs and sitting at her desk in the front room writing on her computer was Janine.
I did not see her at her desk when I went to the kitchen –and I distinctly remember buying water to put in the fridge. There was no water – and it was as if Janine just appeared at her desk. I was completely confused.
She told me that she saw me pass her by and she said I acted as if I did not see her.
I didn’t – I asked her where the water I bought was – she said that I didn’t buy any water and that we needed some.
I then walked upstairs, got ready for work, and just kept quiet about what happened.
I was not on any drugs and I was not sleepy. It was weird.
Sometimes these moments are unexplainable, which makes them even creepier. Thanks to the sci-fi franchise The Matrix, people now describe these random creepy moments as a “glitch”.
This indicates that we very well could be living in an unstable dimension or at least a simulation – the question is how this is at all possible?
The theory that we live in a simulation is not at all rare.
In an influential paper that laid out the theory, the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom showed that at least one of three possibilities is true:
1) All human-like civilizations in the universe go extinct before they develop the technological capacity to create simulated realities;
2) if any civilizations do reach this phase of technological maturity, none of them will bother to run simulations; or
3) advanced civilizations would have the ability to create many, many simulations, and that means there are far more simulated worlds than non-simulated ones.
We can’t know for sure which of these is the case, Bostrom concludes, but they’re all possible — and the third option might even be the most probable outcome. It’s a difficult argument to wrap your head around, but it makes a certain amount of sense.
Rizwan Virk, a computer scientist, and video game designer has just released a new book, The Simulation Hypothesis, that explores Bostrom’s argument in much greater detail and traces the path from today’s technology to what he calls the “Simulation Point,” the moment at which we could realistically build a Matrix-like simulation.
The truth is that there’s much we simply don’t understand about our reality, and apart from the Nick Hinton and Stephen Hawking idea that Experiments at CERN threw us into an alternate universe – there is the possibility that maybe there is a backup matrix that has been constructed where we are all playing a role in a huge electromagnetic encyclopedia that is being watched by sympathetic aliens, or scientists or even God.
The idea of simulation point is based on the concept of quantum indeterminacy, which is the idea that a particle is in one of the multiple states and you don’t know that unless you observe the particle.
Probably a better way to understand it is the now-infamous example of Schrödinger’s cat, which is a cat that the physicist Erwin Schrödinger theorized would be in a box with some radioactive material and there was a 50 percent chance the cat is dead and a 50 percent chance the cat is alive.
Now, common sense would tell us that the cat is already either alive or it’s dead. We just don’t know because we haven’t looked in the box. We open the box and it’ll be revealed to us whether the cat is alive or dead. But quantum physics tells us that the cat is both alive and dead at the same time until somebody opens up the box to observe it. The cardinal rule is the universe renders only that which needs to be observed.
One of the most common “glitch” experiences is related to something called the deport phenomenon or the disappearing person or object phenomenon.
One of the Reddit entries I read had something to do with a person that someone met that did not exist.
The experience goes like this:
“In October 2018, I developed tendinitis in my hand, so I went to see a hand specialist at my regular hospital. I remember the hand specialist really clearly. She was a really happy, talkative Vietnamese woman with straight, dark brown hair and glasses. She had a German-sounding last name, which I assumed was her married name. She was really really nice and we had a long conversation about a medical conference that she goes to. She explained that my hand issues (caused by phone usage) were the “hot topic” of the conference and that she’d probably use my injury as an example when she goes there.
Anyway, she gave me care instructions and sent me home. I was told to return if it didn’t resolve in a few weeks because then I’d need to be reexamined and sent to physical therapy.
It didn’t resolve and I went back. I had an appointment with the same doctor, but the woman who came into the room was completely different. She was a white woman with light brown hair, no glasses, a completely different face shape, and, a really dull and unwelcoming disposition. I was so fucking confused. I asked her her name, and she gave the same name the Asian doctor had. I asked if there was another doctor by that name and she told me no, it was only her. I described the doctor I had seen and she got annoyed and said she didn’t know who I was talking about.
I later went online to the hospital’s staff directory and tried to find the Asian doctor – I couldn’t. I have no idea what happened to her. I even checked my medical records to see if maybe I remembered her name incorrectly but I didn’t. Both of my visits have the same doctor’s name on them. I’ve always been confused about this and it really bothers me that I met someone who doesn’t seem to exist anymore.”
Deports or disappearing objects or people is a very frustrating glitch because it makes you feel as though you are losing your mind.
Typically, it involves an object that the person had just been using or that they invariably keep in one particular place. When they go to use the object, it is gone. The person looks high and low for the object, often getting others involved in the search, but it cannot be found. A short time later, or perhaps the next day, the person is surprised to find the object returned to the spot where it is always kept or in some other obvious place where the search should have found it.
You put your set of keys or your cell phone down in the place you always put it. You turn around a minute later and it’s gone. You and your family search high and low for it, but it cannot be found. Later, sometimes days later or longer, the object mysteriously reappears in the very place you always put it. Or, more bizarrely, you later find it in a ridiculous place, like high on a bookshelf, in a shoebox in the closet or some other spot where you’d never put it in a million years.
Some attribute this to poltergeist phenomena but others claim that there is a glitch in the matrix,
The opposite of a Deport is an Apport. Apports are usually artifacts that are brought over from another dimension or timeline. Apports can be anything from small artifacts to plants and animals that come from the other side.
But can things literally be beamed out or beamed into dimensions at will? Well of course if you see that all things in this universe are all made up of bits of information that can materialize and dematerialize in various dimensions.
John Wheeler was one of the last physicists who worked with Albert Einstein and many of the great physicists of the 20th century.
He said that physics was initially thought to be about the study of physical objects, that everything was reducible to particles. This is what’s often called the Newtonian model. But then we discovered quantum physics and we realized that everything was a field of probabilities and it wasn’t actually physical objects.
Taken at this level we learn that everything is information, everything is based on bits. So Wheeler came up with a famous phrase called “it from bit,” which is the idea that anything we see as physical is really the result of bits of information. He didn’t live to see quantum computers come into reality, but it’s looking more like that.
So if the world isn’t really physical, if it’s based on information, then a simpler explanation might, in fact, be that we are in a simulation that is generated based on computer science and information.
This could mean those highly advanced computers are somewhere in the future projecting the past to a sympathetic audience or an interactive audience that can from time to time intervene and change the course of the timeline.
If even one civilization got to the point of creating one of these high-fidelity simulations, then they can create literally billions of civilizations that are simulated, each with trillions of beings, because all you need is more computing power.
With more computing power comes more dimensions with more civilizations with perhaps doppelgangers of yourself and others in a parallel universe that could be on standby – or that could overlap creating these various Mandela effects, Déjà vu, and what we call ghostly encounters.
There is a body of thought that dreams are a stand-in for what can be called consciousness that occupies many dimensions and many worlds simultaneously.
This is part of the “possible worlds” and “alternative worlds” thought experiment.
Many of us have had dreams that have come true or have forewarned us about future events. But the big question is whether or not the dream time carries us into the various simulations that exist in the matrix? Are they key to the different worlds that exist within worlds and realities?
A very big question is, can any of these worlds interact with one another? Can signals be exchanged between worlds?
The old saying goes “When we think of what dreams might come when we have died, it causes us to stop and think.” The passage deals in past lives, and lives we have not lived yet but most certainly will in dreams when they come.
Many stop and observe that perhaps they have lived before or have encountered a twin of themselves in the future or some other form of superposition.
If no interaction is possible, then individuals are world-bound, and even though we have copies of ourselves in other worlds, they are mere counterparts of the individuals in the parent world.
However there is no way to tell if we are living in the parent world and with all of the experiments we are conducting with quark cannons at CERN –we may have somehow forced together the combinations of worlds or have had them overlap like slices of bread in a bag.
This would mean that we have already achieved signal exchanges between worlds. That science has unlocked the code – like a plot from an episode of Stranger Things.
According to the possible worlds framework, there is literally a world where things are in fact different in a subtle and relevant way.
But if no interaction with that other world is possible, then the fact that the alternative world actually exists in a relevant way is not available to anyone, and for all intents and purposes, freedom is an illusion and that we live in a world of metaphysical necessity.
If we accept our various experiences of free action and contingency as a reality and if the many-worlds exist, then some interaction between worlds must be permitted.
If the many-worlds framework within our simulated world is a correct hypothesis and dreaming consists of counterfactual simulations of what might have been and what might be for the dreamer in a world that branches off of the dreamer’s parent world, then is it possible that dreams actually depict what is going on in the life of your counterpart in the alternate world where it lives
I remember one of my other favorite TV shows was called “Flash Forward.” The show is canceled now but it was a TV show that actually asked the question about dreams and the future.
A Super Collider like CERN conducts an experiment that goes wrong and causes the world to blackout in a deep sleep for 2:30 seconds everyone has a dream experience where they see their possible futures.
Everyone in the dream state focused on one date, April 29th. On that date, many of the futures would all come together at one point and in the series the date was actually a moment in time where the world would once again experience a blackout and have a simultaneous dream of the future together.
What if this happened?
Again, we hearken back to the idea that the world might have ended in July of 2012 when the Higgs Boson was discovered.
Maybe it all triggered a simultaneous dream or simulation process that we are only are of when our reality glitches.
What if it is happening now, has happened already – and we are going through a repeat performance with some sort of boomerang cosmology.
I believe that this phenomenon is more widespread than we care to admit.
There has been an invasion in the dreamscape and something is glitching in the collective unconscious.
This transfers to our reality – or at least the experience that we are having.
Moments that can easily branch off into some odd experience that cannot be explained.