I ran for the first time in a while. I’m trying to get back to one of the universes where I can run a few miles and do over 50 pushups. One of the things different about the set of universes I’m in is that I don’t own an Apple watch. Because of that, I don’t seem to run either. Today, I took my phone and listed to a doctor on the front-lines. I ran less than a mile but got some sun. As I was walking back and checking my twitter, I read a tweet about getting off social media and getting some sun. I then looked up and saw this heart shining through the trees. The Universe is amazing and amusing.
I believe that the current attention the world is putting onto the smallest, oldest, and most alien life forces on the planet has the potential to result in the whole of world society surfing to a different reality. As if we were going to get on a spaceship to Earth2, it’s time for everyone to start thinking about what we want to take to this new reality and what we want to leave behind. Imagine we are starting over on a new planet. Imagine that society can be created in any way we wish. Imagine that our higher selves will guide us and that together we will be successful in creating whatever it is we determine is best to create. Imagine that we embrace the changes and we have the skills to optimize as we move toward a common and achievable reality.
It is now a time for magic to be used in addition to science. Science is sometimes compared with magic (Clarke’s Third Law), so I’m not suggesting that now is not a time for science. What I believe is that we needed a more “sufficiently advanced technology” than we have now, and since from our technological standpoint that will look like “magic”, then we need “magic” now – not when science catches up and calls it science.
So for all those practicers of magic, the world needs your magic to enable us to move to another set of universes where we live in harmony with the Earth and are not fearful of pandemics.
Humans are plentiful on the Earth because of exponential growth. Coronaviruses are also plentiful on the Earth because of exponential growth. In many universes, SARS_CoV_2 is the fifth and most deadly coronavirus that is endemic in the world population. It took almost 4 billion years for SARS_CoV_2 to infect a single human. Since then, we have had the following exponential growth of confirmed cases of COVID-19:
- 14 days to go from 1 to 10 cases by Dec 26, 2019
- 14 days to go from 10 to 100 cases by Jan 9, 2020
- 14 days to go from 100 to 1000 cases by Jan 23, 2020
- 7 days to go from 1000 to 10000 cases by Jan 30, 2020
- 35 days to go from 10000 to 100000 cases by Mar 5, 2020, as the coronavirus epidemic subsided in China and moved to the rest of the world
- 14 days to go from 100k to 250k cases by Mar 19, 2020
In 2-3 more weeks, the math of exponential growth shows that there will be over 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 if it continues at the same growth as the last few weeks. And if we continue at this 10x/month rate for another month or two, the number of cases go to 10M after 1 month and 100M after 2 months. This is not to be alarmist – it is just math.
Math is a foundation science that exists whether we exist or not. Math exists whether the universe exists or not. Physics requires a Universe with universal constants like the one we have. Math requires nothing. Math is true any any and all universes. It may be possible to surf to a universe with different physics, but it’s beyond my insight to understand how one would surf to a universe with different math.
Thankfully, we can use math to help us with the COVID-19 pandemic. The social distancing going on now will reduce the spread from person to person and increase the case doubling time. If we can reduce the number of cases sufficiently, we can begin contact tracing again. If we can increase the ability to test for COVID-19, we can use this surveillance ability to keep the disease in check.