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    How can a single photon create an entire universe?

    How does a single quantum event split off an entire universe, every galaxy, every planet, every km of void, potentially infinite in size, every single one of the trilliins of times it occurs every second? Or did the alternate universe always exist? And if so what dictates that we are in the timeline we're in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by parallaxicality View Post
    How does a single quantum event split off an entire universe, every galaxy, every planet, every km of void, potentially infinite in size, every single one of the trilliins of times it occurs every second? Or did the alternate universe always exist? And if so what dictates that we are in the timeline we're in?
    If this question drives you, you should aim to be a cosmologist. The answer is out there, but we don't have it yet. We might not get the actual answer during this Century.
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    It is probably not a photon, but a dimension that popped loose. Some think that a white hole results in a great concentration—so you might not need much in the way of mass/energy to get started...isn’t our overall mass energy budget close to zero or something?

    The multiverse must be diesel.

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    Are you referring to the quantum multiverse or something else?

    If it's the quantum multiverse then my understanding is that a whole new universe isn't spawned, there is still only one universe and one wave function for that universe, it's just that all the possible solutions exist within that wave function. Somehow. The traditional interpretation, which I believe is called the Copenhagen interpretation, is that when a particle interacts the wave function collapses to a discreet state. The multiverse theorists speculate that the collapse doesn't happen and all outcomes are "real" but we are only aware of the one.

    They've still got a lot of kinks to work out.

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