Any two events have a connection strength. It doesn’t matter where (or when) the events are – they can be in the same time slice or different time slices. The connection strength between events is a measure of how likely both events would occur in a single classical universe in the same sequence order and time difference. This is a modeling construct and the length of each time slice will effect the strengths.
Remember that most events have a high total connection strength with past events and a low total connection strength with future events. So, to gain insight into your possible futures, pay attention to unexpected events which have a low connection strength with the past and a therefore high connection strength with the future.
By parallel, I means as in a parallel universe. The reality we live in is more interesting than it appears. This is because we can only classically experience one universe at a time. Previously, you imagined photos on a wall – each photo representing a possible future. Just as these exist in the future, they exist in the present and the past. For any slice of time, you could
see and possibly calculate the probabilities of each of the events in that time slice from the probabilities of the events in the time slices before and after the time slice you are calculating. You would also need to know the “connection strengths” between events in different time slices (and in the current time slice).
In a Newtonian universe, you have one future and it is predetermined even if you can’t calculate it in practice. In theory, you could. Although given the complexity of the universe, you could argue that the universe is random. This could also be what you conclude from trying to predict the future of a quantum universe. The real question everyone wants to know is if the universe is controllable – and how to control it!
In the next few pages, I am going to describe a universe that contains an ever changing set of possible futures that extend forever into the time period that has yet to come.
2015-0811 1830 @ Paradise Beach Grill, Capitola
“God does not play dice with the Universe.” – Einstein
Yesterday when I was describing the wall of selfies from the future, I didn’t start off planning to describe them as moving. I have given the selfie analogy ten or so times before when talking to someone and have always considered the photos as static. I mention this so you know I am in a bit of “uncharted waters” now. So you now are surfing with me.
Imagine another set of universes where you are reading this book and there are only static photos on the wall. I am realizing now that there is a fundamental difference between the two analogies (static vs. moving photos) with respect to the model of the universe.
Is the universe reset with a set of futures for you with fixed probabilities? or are those futures and probabilities ever changing?
2015-0805W 0800 @ Peets Coffee, Scotts Valley
You don’t have just one future – you have many possible futures. Imagine one year from now you take a selfie. There are many different selfies that you can imagine – some with old friends, some with new friends, some in different places, etc. Now imagine yourself in the middle of your living room – actually imagine a large room with white walls.
On the wall in front of you, imagine polaroid pictures – your selfies from the future – taped to the wall. They are all different size – or at least appear to be from your vantage point. You can also see patterns in the collage of photos. Initially as you stare at the wall of photos, it will appear to be unchanging. But then you notice the wall of selfies appears to be breathing – photos are slowly oscillating in both size and position.
2015-0804T 0800 @ Peets Coffee, Scotts Valley
So I introduced myself to the girl who played the drums and found out more about her story. She was in town celebrating a family birthday and staying at the hotel across the street. Since she was underage, the bartender said she could stay and listen to the band play but she would need to play in the band.
I asked if I could use her story in this book and she said yes, which was good since I had already written it into the book 😉
I gave Demi and her Mom a brief description of the book and explained that because of these unexpected events, we can see futures where Demi is playing in a band in a bar or elsewhere. I expect to hear her play again.
2015-0803M 23:00 @ Capitola
The girl sitting at the table next to me just played drums for one of the songs. The bartender had just introduced her as a drummer, and the band allowed her to play. She knew the bartender because she had been at the bar last night with her family. She plays in a band with her dad. There are already enough unexpected events here that point toward her having a possibility of playing drums with this band in the future and playing in this bar in the future. Those universes and possible futures are there – they exist. Whether she experiences them or not is to be determined by her free will and the laws of our probabilistic universe.
2015-0803M @ Sand Bar, Capitola Beach