You can't use the internet without being mugged by bizarre and questionable scientific theories like the ones I spotted the other day, "Early Humans Mated with Inbred Neanderthals," and "Your Bed Has More Poop Than a Chimp's."
These are quite charming, but there is one bizarre scientific theory that beats all the others time and again.
This theory holds that there are universes fanning out to infinity, each like our own but each one different, with a different you, a good you, a bad you, a cunning you, a foolish you, a hapless you, a predatory you and so on.
One reason the parallel universe business is so popular is because it dangles the possibility that somewhere, in some universe, human beings haven't completely screwed things up and ruined everything.
Just imagine a parallel universe
Yeah, it's a fantasy. But that's the multiverse for you. It's not like
I did find out about the father of the multiverse. The theory was developed some 60 years ago by a young, brilliant yet aloof
Some thought him to be crazy. His kids considered him as completely emotionally unavailable, describing him in some accounts as "a lump of furniture sitting at the dining room table."
He was an alcoholic. And a chain-smoker. But can you blame the poor guy? You might say he had pressures, like fellow scientists mocking him and thinking he was crazy with the multiverse thing.
He died prematurely at 51, so he didn't get the chance to bask in glory after his parallel universe theory became popular. Who remembers Everett? Sadly, not many.
In a 2008 article in
"Everett's scientific journey began one night in 1954, he recounted two decades later, 'after a slosh or two of sherry.' He and his
Does Everett's many-worlds theory work? Don't ask me. I'm no scientist. It really doesn't matter. If you're living in a parallel universe, do you really think your friends will tell you?
But without Everett, we wouldn't have the smartest spy-fi show in the history of cable, "Counterpart" on Starz.
"Counterpart" stars actor
There is a good Howard. And a bad Howard. They meet. And they hate each other.
Though it is spy-fi, there's no sense of "Minority Report" or action heroics from
Simmons is a fine actor. There are many other actors doing great work in "Counterpart." Most of them have English or other European accents. But the Howards, good and bad, have the accent of a Midwestern insurance agent.
I won't spoil it, but you should know that decades ago, East German scientists conducted experiments that split the world, creating parallel universes that met in a spot under the city. Each world was threatened by the other. They turned their spies loose. The result is a good TV show.
There was a flu epidemic and millions died. There is a sleeper cell group from one side that has become active. The odd thing is that a person from one side can end up meeting his or her "other," and it can prompt murder and, in some cases, a bizarre, disturbing narcissism.
"Counterpart" is probably too intelligent a program to survive. And I've noticed on the internet, where you find clickbait about humans breeding with Neanderthals, that some people think "Counterpart" won't be renewed.
That's unfortunate, if true. "Counterpart" requires intelligence from its viewers. Yet TV and politics require placid subjects, easily herded, quickly prompted and turned like livestock, and intelligence in the herd tends to ruin things.
No matter what universe you're from.
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