Parallel Life Exploration (PLE) is one universe surfing technique that I use to help me understand what is going on in my own universe. Through PLE, I can get a fuller picture of my Quantum Self and also understand the Quantum Environment in which my Quantum Self is existing.
I am using the terms “Quantum Self” and “Quantum Environment” to refer to the Multiverse versions of “Self” and “Environment”. The Multiverse versions can be thought of as multidimensional and probabilistic. “Self” and “Environment” represent a single (classical) slice of their respective Multiverse versions.
Your Quantum Self is simultaneously existing in all of the possible universes that it could exist in without violating the (known and unknown) laws of physics. Similarly, the Quantum Environment is the superposition of all of the environments of these possible universes.
For example, this morning I had a brief feeling of a parallel world. I was watching a video that was attempting to encourage people to sacrifice more to fight the spread of this novel coronavirus that is infecting the entire population of the world. The video referenced war times and what past generations have had to suffer. It made a plea for people to just stay home and watch TV – how this was very little to ask compared to what has been asked in the past during war situations. It struct me that we are literally in a world war, World War C, with all of humanity against a 125 nm coronavirus. I then felt connected to the parallel world in which the world was at war but against each other – humans against humans – as has been in the past. I noticed the similar feelings of fear and helplessness that would exist in both universes. I noticed the similar loss of life that would occur in both universes. As a planet, we are beginning to resonate with the energy of a world war. US President Trump has been reluctant to use the Defense Production Act, but yesterday made a point to use it against General Motors for the making of additional ventilators which are in short supply. During times like now with high emotion, it is easier to Quantum Sense parallel realities. We are now in World War C.
As I attempt to surf back to a more peaceful universe, I want to take with me Chris Mann’s parody music video “My Corona”:
When I imagine June 8th, it feels like just another day in the parallel reality without a coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world. And yet I know COVID-19 outbreaks will most likely still be occurring. The universe I sense and wish to surf to has the following characteristics:
I don’t think about or talk to anyone about coronaviruses or pandemics;
Everyone I know who wants a job, has a job;
The local newspaper only has an occasionally story about a new local coronavirus case and there are no sustained outbreaks nearby;
Daily whitehouse.gov press briefings are no longer happening;
Doctors have a standard treatment procedure for COVID-19 that brings the CFR down to the same level as seasonal flu;
The stock market has recovered somewhat and volatility is rare;
Unfortunately, the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases and deaths will have far surpassed the number of confirmed number of Influenza cases and deaths; and
Grocery stores are fully stocked and N95 masks are available at normal prices.
Santa Cruz, CA: I did something this morning that I haven’t done in a while – I got up early to watch the sunrise. I drove to the lighthouse where I first learned to universe surf six years ago. Even though seven million people are sheltering in place around me, you wouldn’t know it by walking along West Cliff right now. It feels very much like the old universe I still remember where people are doing their same daily tasks and getting ready for the day. I see a couple with a baby in a stroller. The church bells are ringing. The surf is crashing against the shore. Runners are getting in their morning run before they go over the hill to work – except they most likely won’t be going to work today.
I’m amused at how the Universe is such a trickster. Yesterday, I went to top off my car with gas. The cash price was cheaper, and so I asked my partner if she had cash. She gave me $12.25 for a $12.04 bill. I asked her if she had a nickel. She looked and looked in her purse and didn’t have any more change – only the quarter. So I went to the cash register with the feeling of wanting to hold on to the quarter. When I offered the $12, the attendant said that was good as he reached his hand into an empty penny-saver tray and pulled out 4 imaginary pennies. I kept the quarter in my hand and returned to my car. There were a few used disinfecting wipes to throw away, so I grabbed those and put those in the garbage. I noticed I was about to throw my quarter away! As I pulled it out, I noticed it was now a nickel!! I showed it to my partner and asked “Did you give me a quarter or a nickel?”.
“I gave you a quarter”, she replied as she quickly took the nickel and threw it back into her purse after noticing it was a nickel.
“Wait, let me see that again”, I requested. She dug threw her purse and finally found the coin. It was now a quarter again – although it looked like a different quarter to me with lots of crumbs on it.
I meant to go through her purse when we returned home, but forgot. I actually don’t have an explanation for what happened. My only clue is when I returned home, I felt in my pocket and pulled out a quarter. It was like the Universe knew it had flubbed up and needed to give me a reason to be able to rationalize what had happened.
The synchronistic part of this story is how a day earlier I was telling my new housemates about my grandfather’s experience during the Great Depression. My grandfather told me that when he lost a nickel, he would get physically sick because money was that precious. I wonder if the Universe was letting me feel that yesterday – which I definitely did.
We now live in a world that operates on a currency that is no longer backed by gold. Dollars are not worth an ounce of Silver anymore. They are only worth another paper dollar. And, if toilet paper continues to be in short supply, you may not even be able to get paper dollars soon – only digital.
Santa Cruz, CA: I walked along West Cliff earlier today, on this first day of the county’s Shelter In Place order. Exercise is allowed, provided that people maintain a six foot distance between each other unless they are from the same shelter home. I also went to Home Depot to buy some tools in order to renovate my RV. This feels like a universe where I’m preparing for an apocalypse. When I started this experiment in universe surfing 77 days ago, I remember being curious and excited. The excitement has turned into frustration and the curiosity has increased. I’m frustrated at my apparent lack of control. The last 16 days have felt increasingly volatile – as if multiple sets of universes are combining together. My curiosity is increased because this universe feels so different. I’m also curious if it’s possible for me to feel more in control. Can I surf back to the universe I was in 77 days ago? If I do, it will almost certainly be different because the timeline of my surfing experiment must somehow fit into that universe.
Before I try to surf back, I want to document this universe find myself in. Some things I notice different are:
Instead of blogging daily, I’ve been tweeting daily;
The US Congress is able to write and pass bills with bipartisan support;
The retirement savings of most Americans is significantly (up to 33% or so) less, measured in dollar terms. Oil is also significantly cheaper;
A growing percent of the world’s population is under some form of quarantine or shelter in place;
Stores have run out of certain items and people have gotten into fights over toilet paper;
Fewer people are working and more countries are planning to distribute money directly to their citizens;
Countries are beginning to close their borders to foreigners; and
“Social Distancing” and “Coronavirus” are now in the general vocabulary.
Crestone, CO: I’m at the Elephant Cloud Tea Shop in Crestone, Colorado – elevation 8000 feet. There’s a band on stage with a drummer, clarinet player, and piano player. I feel like I have surfed to a different universe because this universe I’m experiencing feels much different than the one I was in five days ago. Some of the differences I notice are:
The global stock market is not at such an inflated value;
COVID-19 has verified community spread in the United States;
The US now has a coronavirus czar, VP Pence;
China is no longer a country with increasing confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths;
I’m now in a different state, at a much higher elevation, and there is snow on the ground;
A friend of mine is now living in my home – my home is now on the road;
I don’t seem to blog daily in this universe – or maybe the surfing to get here disrupted that;
My diet is more vegan – just drank hot chocolate with hemp milk;
I don’t run any more;
The who.int COVID-19 risk assessment is now VERY HIGH for Regional and Global Levels with over 16 countries having confirmed local transmission;
COVID-19 response is now being politicized in the US;
There are more new confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of China than inside of China;
Coronavirus is now a topic of conversation in the US at the family dinner table and the local coffee shop, including the one I’m in now;
The COVID-19 CFR is now closer to 4% than 2%;
Medical experts in the US government must now get clearance from the executive branch (VP Pence) before discussing the COVID-19 pandemic;
US President Trump holds white house press conferences much more often;
The first death from COVID-19 has been confirmed in the US;
Afghanistan’s Taliban and the US are no longer at war;
Pope Francis has cancelled the last 3 days of events due to cold-like symptoms;
All 16 COVID-19 patients in Vietnam have been discharged from the hospital and declared cured;
The Shincheonji Church of Jesus, founded in 1984 by pastor Lee Man-hee and with an estimated 240,000 followers worldwide, has been associated with the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea;
scmp.com is reporting that The Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in Hong Kong is associated with the Shincheonji Church of Jesus and it seems that this religious institution is being linked, with questionable evidence, with the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan;
South Korea is able to test 10000 people per day for COVID-19 while the US can seem to test only 1% of that number;
Thousands of migrants are now allowed to leave Turkey for the EU;
There are long lines outside of COSTCO – panic in the US is taking hold;
Iran’s former envoy to the Vatican, Sayyed Hadi Khosroshahi, has died of COVID-19; and
Travelers from South Korea and Italy into the US will be medically screened before boarding.
I’m feeling now a universe where the stock market is negatively affected by the Wuhan coronavirus.
The feeling I remember having then was more negative than the drop in prices today. which was the worst day in two years. I’m currently invested in a superposition of two universes – one where I’m fully invested in the market and one where I’m fully out of the market.
It’s been almost a couple of years since I’ve worked for a large tech company. The changing of the seasons on our planet play a role in universe surfing because of the regular cycle that has been going on for the over four billion years that the Earth has been in existence. In the northern hemisphere, Spring will be coming soon and will bring renewal. The winter seasonal flu/corona virus infections will wane, sunshine and rain will come, and the flowers will bloom again.
I can feel myself working in a nearby universe. Yesterday, I walked through UT campus and up to the building I would be working in if I were in the universe I mentioned in 20200211T Day 42: Surfing to a Universe where I analyze viral genomes. The door was locked and I didn’t have a key card to get in. There were lots of kids outside to learn about science:
Near the universe where I’m researching viral genomes at UT, I am surrounded by other universes where I’m working on something else. In support of surfing to a universe where I’m researching viral genomes, surfing toward universe where I work on anything at all will help move me in that direction (given that I’m currently surrounded by many universes where I’m not working on anything).
So, in addition to my viral genome research universe surfing, I’m going to surf toward a universe where I work for Alphabet.
Now back to my current universe where I’m dancing to DJ Hamid in my kitchen while my parallel self is dancing at ecstatic dance.