The Multiverse and the Relativity of Time

Research Question-How may the idea of the multiverse be affected by time?

 

Multiverse theory is the idea that the universe we live in is not the only one, and that there is an infinite number of universes that may be similar to our own, or drastically different. Multiverses can also be affected by time, which is created through the ‘Parallel timeline theory’, in which every choice you have possibly not made, has a universe in which you did make that choice. The reason that it is believed that there is an infinite amount of universes is merley because of speculation and is not really set in stone because of some scientist not accepting the idea. 

Time is also very important, as time can determine how advanced something is, how complex something is, durability, etc.Different universes are also said to be affected by time differently within their own spaces, examples include Spiderman 2099, a comic book universe that, while existing at the same time as the main Marvel universe, takes place in the future. There are also multiple versions of this future, all affected by time travel and all resulting in a new world being born.

 

For my project I want to talk about the different types of multiverses and how they are influenced by time,, as well as how time may flow in each of these other universes. I would like to explore the idea of Quantum physics and how that may come into play in our own universe, as well as multiple universes existing at the same time, but being at different points in time. 

 

Annotated Bibliography

 

Marvel Publication, “Marvel Comics” New York City, 1939

Marvel Comics is a viewing of all Marvel comic books as a whole. Because there are so many, it is difficult to list every single universe that they have. However, an example of 2 would be the 616 main Marvel Universe, 1610 Ultimate Universe which are parallel to each other. 

Kuhn, Robert Lawrence. “Confronting the Multiverse: What ‘Infinite Universes’ Would Mean.” Space.com. Space, December 23, 2015. https://www.space.com/31465-is-our-universe-just-one-of-many-in-a-multiverse.html. 

This source goes into debt about whatmultiverse theory and the aspects behind it. This source applies scientific reasoning towards the topic, as well as certain aspects of science into how this theory may be supported such as quantum physics, as well as the aspect of different types of multiverse that there may be. 

Insider, Tech. “Multiverse Theory, Explained.” YouTube. YouTube, January 3, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVvcOQk6G0Q. 

This video quickly talks about multiverse theory and its properties in a much simpler way for the general public to understand. The video is done by astronomer Staurt Clark, who talks about the problems that could be solved based on this theory and applying physics to it. 

Howell, Elizabeth. “Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence.” Space.com. Space, May 10, 2018. https://www.space.com/32728-parallel-universes.html. 

This source is basically an argument to why parallel universes exist. Parallel universes are multiverse more so affected by time, or in more simpler terms they are universes created by choices we may or make not make. These universe may be exactly the same as our own, up until their own event no matter what it is causing a branch. 

Biba, Erin. “What Is Time? One Physicist Hunts for the Ultimate Theory.” Wired. Conde Nast. Accessed December 3, 2020. https://www.wired.com/2010/02/what-is-time/. 

This source focuses on the aspect of time and what it is. It is done as an interview in which theoretical physicist Sean Carroll sat with Wired.com and was asked a multitude of questions about time and our multiverse, such as his idea that there was something before the Big Bang, how branching universes could have different aspects of time and how they are defined in that universe differently, as well infinite universes, in the past, present and future.

Timelines and the Multiverse

Multiverse theory is the idea that the universe we live in is not the only one, and that there is an infinite number of universes that may be similar to our own, or drastically different. Multiverses can also be affected by time, which is created through the ‘Parallel timeline theory’, in which every choice you have possibly not made, has a universe in which you did make that choice. The reason that it is believed that there is an infinite amount of universes is simply because of speculation and is not really set in stone because of some scientist not accepting the idea. 

 

The reason I want to talk about the multiverse, is because alot of material I have read growing up could be rooted in said theory. For example, every comic book related material could be considered an example of a multiverse. In marvel comic books, they are even numbered to give them identity, with some time travel adventures that then end up causing another universe. 

 

Annotated Bibliography

 

Marvel Publication, “Marvel Comics” New York City, 1939

Marvel Comics is a viewing of all Marvel comic books as a whole. Because there are so many, it is difficult to list every single universe that they have. However, an example of 2 would be the 616 main Marvel Universe, 1610 Ultimate Universe which are parallel to each other. 

Kuhn, Robert Lawrence. “Confronting the Multiverse: What ‘Infinite Universes’ Would Mean.” Space.com. Space, December 23, 2015. https://www.space.com/31465-is-our-universe-just-one-of-many-in-a-multiverse.html. 

This source goes into debt about what multiverse theory and the aspects behind it. This source applies scientific reasoning towards the topic, as well as certain aspects of science into how this theory may be supported such as quantum physics, as well as the aspect of different types of multiverse that there may be. 

Insider, Tech. “Multiverse Theory, Explained.” YouTube. YouTube, January 3, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVvcOQk6G0Q. 

This video quickly talks about multiverse theory and its properties in a much simpler way for the general public to understand. The video is done by astronomer Stuart Clark, who talks about the problems that could be solved based on this theory and applying physics to it. 

Howell, Elizabeth. “Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence.” Space.com. Space, May 10, 2018. https://www.space.com/32728-parallel-universes.html. 

This source is basically an argument to why parallel universes exist. Parallel universes are multiverse more so affected by time, or in more simpler terms they are universes created by choices we may or make not make. These universe may be exactly the same as our own, up until own event not matter what it is causing a branch.

 

Class Notes 11/12/2020

Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae – Class Thoughts 

  • Was very Different 
  • Back and Forth between music and the plot 
  • Presentation was very rich and colorful 
  • Janelle shows to be heavily influenced by the idea of Afrofuturism 

 

Janelle “ I am the American nightmare, I am the American Dream” ( Expresses that the American dream is to yes be free, but in what space and context if this freedom allowed?:Race, gender, etc) 

 

Science Fiction Tropes 

  • Higher technology 
  • The Sound (Music) 
  • Abandonment of humanity (Androids, cyborgs, emotion) 
  • Names of people-using numbers in names is common in science fiction 

(Robert-Similar to gamer tags in which using number in your name is almost required so there are no duplicates) 

 

Thoughts and Ideas

Oscar- “The way that the movie was structured and formulated really paved a theory I had about humans, since taking psychology in High School. I was formulating a theory about what humans have become to follow due to their confusion. And this film showed that humans have begun to confuse lust for love, this is due to the amount of things she(Janelle) said throughout the film” 

 

Myself-When it comes to conforming, society always rejects people that are different, until it can be used and exploited 

 

“People worked so hard to be free. You were lucky (Could be the idea that people in modern times have life easier than those who came before) 

 

Ending of Dirty Computers may represent the saying ‘You can not fix what is not broken” 

 

Lack of Representation in Science Fiction for African Americans 

 

Project Info and Etc 

Theme for project – Race and Science Fiction, but does not mean it is solely on African Americans. Other races or the human race as a whole is allowed

 

If you did not register for City Tech Symposium on 11/19, do so by today 

 

Roundtable for Symposium will be 12:50-1:35 

Questions relating to Science fiction and society of all types will be asked towards students on zoom call 

 

3 Extra Credit Options 

  1. Attend Utopian roundtable and blog about it
  2. Be apart of City Tech Symposium Roundtable 
  3. Stay longer than class time for another session during the day and write about it

Class Notes 10/13/2020

CUNY-Brooklyn Utopia Webinar is available to watch (hour long)

Discussion on Apocalypse 

  • Utopia – an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.
  • Dystopia – an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.
  • There has been a shift of people being able to create great things in life, but this also means that people can create great disasters.
  • Apocalypse – means Revelation in the Bible (also means to describe or prophesize the complete destruction of the world

(NYC has fallout shelters from the Cold War with signs that still exist)

Lindon B. Johnson:Daisy ad about the dangers of Nuclear war during voting period ; also connects to modern day with this style of ads for voting

Group Discussions on “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury 

  1. Takes place in 2026 in an abandoned house in California after a nuclear bomb
  2. Personification is used to give life to the objects in the house such as the clock telling time because there are no people.
  3. Time is used in the entire story. which shows the passage of time (starts at 7:00 on August 4th) and ends the next day. Time also shows how something could seemingly last forever (the house) and how fast it can go (house burning down
  4. The characters present include the animals and robots that interact with the house. The objects in the house are also included as characters since the family of the house has died. However there ash imprints on the house still exist

Khoury Reading Response #5 Westworld Ep 1

HBO’s Westworld created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, based off the 1973 film of the same name by Michael Crichton takes place in Western themed amusement park (A technological advanced one), that is run by hosts (androids) that must cater to the needs of the high paying individuals who come to the park. Whatever those needs may be. The first episode of season 1 titled “Original”, finds us in the West with a woman named Delores, who is living with her father Peter. She is traveling to a town called Sweetwater for some things that she needs and ends up meeting an ex lover, Teddy. He joins her on her way back to her farm, in which they discover that Two bandits have attacked her father stating they also killed and raped his wife. Teddy kills both bandits, but can not kill a third man, The Man in Black. This is because all host are programmed to not be able to kill humans (guest) and also can not feel things like flies on skin. The MIB kills Teddy and (technically) kidnaps Delores but it seems that he knows who she is.

What happens next is that an update is given to the host in the park by the creator Dr. Robert Ford, however it causes the host to act up. At first it was ignored, but then an incident causes all host that have ben updated to be taken for a check up.

Peter finds a guest photo the next morning, which is a picture of the regular world and confuses him. This is because the androids technically don’t know about life, since it is not their programming. Peter warns Delores in a cryptic message, which is discovered after the head of security asks Delores some questions. All host but Peter, and the Sheriff Walter who was the first to malfunction are cleared. However, the host are asked questions multiple times, one of which is can Delores harm a human being, to which she answers no.

The next day, Peter is replaced (Delores does not realize this) and a scene of Delores killing a fly on her neck is shown.

This last scene is the most important part of the episode for me. We see how regular people treat the park simply because those in it are simply androids that technically are not real people, but by having the Man in Black know who Delores is, represent that maybe there is something deeper. Also, an entire amusement park with androids who have some type of human capabilities is very high tech. But to show what may or may not be an android actually ‘feel’ despite this being something that should not happen.  This is even hidden by the fact that when asked by the head of security can she harm a human, she says no. These contradicting actions already paint a picture for what may happen in the show. Maybe the androids will develop actual personalities and become self aware, or maybe people can be programmed with technology.

Khoury Douglas Reading Response 3 – Fantasy

For the Brooklyn Sci-Fi Festival, my chosen category was fantasy, which when defined means “the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable”. This means that these are sci-fi films that mainly focus on imagination, and things that are least likely to happen. This category consisted of 23 films, some short and simple, others long and complex with others in between. The two that I want to talk about the most are One Last Monster, and Everlasting.

One Last Monster is interesting to me because of the styling of the movie. In my opinion, the movie is very similar to a Chinese anime, with its art style. The film almost seems to be influenced by Asian culture, as shown by the main character Eura’s weapon. For a quick summary, the plot of the film follows Empress Eura, ruler of planet Adin, who is beginning to implement a defensive weapon (a flame) given to her from the previous Emperor and her love. Suddenly, her kingdom is set upon by a ‘monster’ named Didas who is also the last of his race. He claims that he has to destroy the flame before it can be used, as his people had one of their own created by him that destroyed his planet. Eura then makes him prove his peaceful nature, by having him use his powers to fix parts of Aiden. However, while Didas tries to destroy the flame, Eura is partially influenced by some of her people and a sort of vision from her lover to activate the weapon, which cause a giant humanoid to rise, and leave to destroy other planets to ‘protect’ Aiden. Didas then leaves on a suicide mission to stop it, claiming Eura to be the real monster. Eura then decides to follow him, in which when they arrive on another planet Eura tells Didas to turn her into a monster as well. Didas does so, at the same time sacrificing himself to save the planet which destroys the humanoid. Eura returns to Aiden, now a monster, and fixes Aiden using the powers given to her. This film shows how everything is not what it seems, which I enjoy as it says you can not judge a book by its cover.

The second film Everlasting is pretty simple. The film starts off with Michael, one of the main characters who is tech crazy jogging and watching a video of his girlfriend/fiance, Lisa. The scene then cuts to Lisa’s sister, (I don’t recall ever hearing her name) at work who seems to show a dislike to social media. This is apparent when a coworker asked about her sister’s birthday and she responded back a little snarky. We cut back to Michael, who has prepared a dinner for Lisa, and even bought a cake. But when he caress’ her face, there is a noticeable bruise on her face and she is gone, suddenly replaced by Michael simply holding a ring. Lisa’s sister walks in yelling at Michael. This is when we discover that Lisa has actually been dead for quite some time, and that Michael has been still updating her social media. He relent’s to deleting the social media page, claiming that he is upholding all the memories there are about Lisa. He then shows her sister a virtual college he made, which changes her feelings to what Michael has been doing and she finally responds on her sister’s page, saying “I miss you”. This film uses technology as a futuristic level to show us that is important to uphold the memories of those lost (although, I do think having a social media page of someone dead is kinda strange).

Khoury’s Reading Response #2: Metropolis

Metropolis is film from 1927 that is set in the year 2026 and depicts a world in which the wealthy and rich live in luxurious city, while the workers and the poor are forced to live underground and must keep everything running. The film follows Freder, son of the city master Joh Frederson, and Maria who is a figure to the working class. Their goal is to end the separation of classes that is present in their world.

The film heavily depicts the difference that both sides of society have, which is shown when both groups are introduced. When the working class ins introduced (0:05:00) we see that they are treated like slaves, and that there seems to be an aura of sadness around them which is expressed by their body language. When we see the rich get introduced (0:07:05) the scenery is much brighter with people running and enjoying themselves.

I personally believe that the film shows a representation of how far some people are willing to treat other in oder to have what they want. However, the film also shows that where there is oppression, there will be rebellion as shown by the fact that Maria and Freder want to bring both groups of society together.