Page 25 – Ever-changing Pasts and Probabilities of Pasts

Have you ever wanted to change your past? Well you can’t change the past you experienced, but that has only a tiny influence on your possible futures. What you can change are your possible pasts. Why would you want to do that you ask? Because your possible futures and their probabilities are determined by your possible pasts and their probabilities. If you change the probabilities of your pasts, you change the probabilities of your future!

Imagine yourself again in the big white room and instead of looking forward, rotate your chair around and look backward into your past one year ago. You will see a selfie that represents the universe you experienced, but you will also see selfies representing the universes you didn’t experience.

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Page 24 – Ever-changing Futures and Possibilities

From the viewpoint of you in a particular universe, your possible futures and their probabilities are ever-changing. In fact, from any viewpoint they are as well. So going back to the big room with all of your futures represented as selfies on the wall, if you could stop time and sit in the room “outside” of the universe and look at your selfies, they would still be moving – the sizes of the selfies would be growing and shrinking ever so slightly. This is because time itself is quantized and the state of the universe can only be captured if “now” has a finite, although “small”, time duration. So there will be a fuzziness and uncertainty even of the probabilities of your futures.

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Page 23 – Connection Strength

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.

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Page 22 – Parallel Pasts, Parallel Presents, Parallel Futures

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).

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Page 21 – Is your future set? or random? or is it controllable?

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.

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“God does not play dice with the Universe.” – Einstein

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Page 20 – Wall of Flowing Selfies (in Uncharted Waters)

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?

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Page 19 – Wall of Selfies from the Future

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.

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