I'm back again to talk about how Buddhism can relate to current scientific theories of our universe. Im sorry if most of my posts have this theme but I am a nuclear physicist and a Buddhist, so I like to think how physics and Buddhist philosophy can relate to each other.
Anyway an interesting theory that I remember reading as an undergraduate is the many world theory, which suggests basically that, for each possible outcome to an action, the world splits into a copy of itself. This is an instantaneous process Everett called decohesion.
It's kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure book, but rather than choosing between either exploring the cave or making off with the treasure, the universe splits in two so that each action is taken.One vital aspect of the Many-Worlds theory is that when the universe splits, the person is unaware of himself in the other version of the universe. This means that the boy who made off with the treasure and ends up living happily ever after is completely unaware of the version of himself who entered the cave and now faces great peril, and vice versa. There is a famous thought experiment called quantum suicide. When the man
pulls the trigger, there are two possible outcomes: the gun
either fires or it doesn't. In this case, the man either lives or he dies. Each time the trigger is pulled, the universe splits to accommodate each possible outcome. When the man dies, the universe is no longer able to split based on the pulling of the trigger. The possible outcome for death is reduced to one: continued death. But with life there are still two chances that remain: The man continues living or the man dies.
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</td></tr></tbody></table> *When the man pulls the trigger and the universe is split in two, however, the version of the man who lived will be unaware that in the other version of the split universe, he has died. Instead he will continue to live and will again have the chance to pull the trigger. And each time he does pull the trigger, the universe will again split, with the version of the man who lives continuing on, and being unaware of all of his deaths in parallel universes
. In this sense, he will be able to exist indefinitely. This is called quantum immortality
This theory has also been extended to include the many minds theory which
proposes that the distinction between worlds is made at the level of the mind of an individual observer.
So I am just wondering if these theories can be thought of as plausible from a Buddhist point of view.
Again no real answer can be given so your points of view would be appreciated.
metta to you all