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This Cat Obtained Immortality, and So Can You!

The multi-verse theory could mean we all are immortal

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Peter Quinn, Opinion Editor

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Suppose you place a cat in a box with a device that will release a poisonous gas at a random moment, killing the cat (Theoretically, of course. No cats were harmed in the writing of this article). After some time passes, you open up the box. Now the question arises: is the cat dead or alive when you open the box? This is the paradox of Schrödinger’s cat.

The answer to this question is simply that the cat is in a quantum superposition of being both dead and alive until you open the box, and, at that moment, the universe chooses one of the two outcomes. At this precise instant, the universe splits off into two different universes, creating one where the cat is dead and one where the cat is alive. This is the multi-universe theory, which could also be applied to our daily lives.

Think of all of us as cats in one big box (the universe). With every single decision we make, every way we move, the universe splits into every possible different outcome to that situation. This happens throughout the course of our lives up until death.

First off, I would like to congratulate anyone reading this on being alive for this long in the universe you are currently conscious in. There are multiple universes where you died driving to work today or got hit by a car while you were 10 years old riding your bike, but in this universe you managed to prevail.

That means that even if you die in this current universe, it split, and there is a version of you that is still continuing to live. You just maybe weren’t as lucky as them. There could be a universe where science developed a way to live forever, so the 394,374,684,029,939th other version of you is immortal.

Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you should lock yourself in a box with a poisonous gas in an attempt to be in a quantum superposition (nor do it with your pet cat, because animal cruelty is wrong, even in the name of quantum physics).

Take all of this with a grain of salt because the multi-verse theory is still a theory; however, so are the theories of evolution and gravity, so who knows. Somewhere far off, there is a universe where you didn’t read this article, or one where I never wrote it, or even one where you yourself wrote this article.

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