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    II am only barely familiar with the Carbon buckyball double slit experiment.
    But in this experiment, it was noted that when you "observe the "ball" going through one slit or the other,
    it does'nt simultaneously go through the other slit.
    It only goes through all possible slits if you don't observe it.
    Well, aren't we here right now observing this universe.
    So all those other universes are possible, but they never occur, because we are here observing this universe happening.
    Is there math to prove the multiverse theory,
    or is it more intuitive.
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    Well, aren't we here right now observing this universe.
    Actually, all we are observing are macroscopic structures. This does not preclude the existence of non-deterministic processes and superpositions of states on microscopic levels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pforeman View Post
    Is there math to prove the multiverse theory,
    or is it more intuitive.
    Thanks,
    Paul
    If, by "the multiverse theory" you mean the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics due to Hugh Everett then we are talking about an interpretation of quantum mechanics, and not any new theory, so the evidence for that interpretation is the same as the evidence for quantum mechanics in general.

    If, by the "the multiverse theory" you mean something like Leonard Susskinds' "Cosmic Landscape" then there is neither mathematics, any cogent theory nor a shred of empirical evidence to support this fairy tale. Moreover, since there is no means, even in principle, for this theory to be experimentally tested or for the hypothesized scenario to have any causal relationship to us, it is quite irrelevant whether or not it is "true".
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    As said above, you observe with only a certain degree of accuracy, light for instance is 330 nm, which means I can't actually see anything less then half that. Also it is not so much the act of observation as determinization, that makes the process decay. Quantum effects are everywhere in our lives. Take for instance leaves. They work as good as they do, do to quantum Tunneling.
    In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
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