There are many things that we know about time, and many other things that we still struggle to comprehend. Time, as we previously understood the concept, moves forward and forward alone. There are ways that allow for time travel, rather extensive ways that take a stretch of the imagination. Have you ever considered, however, that time could move both forward and backward at the same time? Maybe you should give this some thought.
The Parallel Universe
Who said these things?
A trio of theoretical physicists suggests that there may be more than one future in store. These experts claim and that “The Big Bang Theory” actually produced two different universes, one going forward and one going in reverse through time.
During the 1920s, our universe was understood asymmetrically. All things followed a simple form called “The Arrow of Time”, termed by British astronomer Arthur Eddington. Most physicists today believe that time flows toward an increased disorder or chaos, moving away from entropy. If this is true, then our universe as we know it, must have originated in a state of complete order, that is, if the arrow flows only in one direction.
There are so many questions about this theory. Why was there such a low state of entropy in our pas t— “The Big Bang”? There are also questions as to why our universe is in such an ordered state. One idea, derived from the mind of Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist, is that our order is just a part of a much larger equilibrium state.
More than just an idea
That trio of theoretical physicists may have been onto something after all. Tim Koslowski from the University of Brunswick, Julian Barbour of Oxford and Flavio Mercati of the Perimeter Institute for theoretical physics have created a new “Arrow of Time” based on gravity instead of thermodynamics.
“Time is a mystery, all things look basically the same however time runs,” said Barbour.
This theory was tested using a simple proxy of the universe. 1,000 particles, in a computer simulation, were studied under the influence of Newtonian gravity. Like a swarm of bees, these particles settled into a group of low complexity. This appeared similar to Boltzmann’s theory of low entropy fluctuation — an idea that further supported the separate timelines. From the center, the particles moved outward in different directions, signifying two separate paths of time.
If there are two futures, moving in opposite directions, what does this mean for intelligent life? The simple idea is that intelligent beings in our parallel universe would actually be living their future in our distant past. Wow! Wrap your head around that one! Whether we are moving in one timeline or the other, one thing is for certain, this is the world as we know it, no different than our brothers and sisters who live in the other direction.