I’ve got nothing. Well, not quite nothing, because this post exists.
I was going to write about this extremely click-baity article, in which researchers at the Large Hadron Collider talk about how they’re searching for mini black holes, which will allow us to make contact with parallel universes. Turns out, the article is a copy of one that appeared in 2016.
I was very disappointed by this, thinking that I shouldn’t pay it any more mind, on principle. (And I still don’t like auto-generated stuff, so I encourage you to not click that link; I just included it for the sake of completeness.) But then I started thinking. The original article appears to have been from 2016. How many of us have spent the past year talking about how 2020 is insane? How many of us have traced that back to events of 2016 (specifically, a certain American national election)?
Does is seem like the stability of reality is increasing? Not to me- which might explain why I’m having so much trouble writing. I feel like I’m in a holding pattern, just waiting for the first week of November. Once I’m done with this post, I’m cruising over to the ‘Zon to look for a folding treadmill (today is Prime Day in the US). My DH is preparing to hunker down and literally not leave the house the week of the election. I’ve been dutifully collecting the things we need to make that a reality, but if I have to stay inside for a full week, without any means of exercising, I’m going to go spare.
But let’s go back to parallel universes. I understood about every other word of that article, because I don’t know anything about physics, astronomy, or- some would argue- the nature of reality. What I got out of it is that the researchers rev up the Collider with some insane amount of power, and this is supposed to cause tiny black holes to appear, which could lead to parallel universes. One person theorized that bits of universes could start leaking back and forth, including things like gravity, which I would think is a concept that should stay firmly where it’s planted.
If have no idea if any of this is accurate or even plausible. But it would certainly explain the last few years, and why increasing numbers of people are scratching their heads and wondering if we’re living in a Babylon Bee article.
Sound off in the comments- do you think parallel universes exist? Are mini black holes a reasonable way to contact them? How much resemblance would a parallel universe bear to our own? And so on. Try to avoid politics; this is a nice blog.
*cover image is not mine, and was looted from the FB group Medieval Merriment, because my Swedish heritage requires me to go a-viking occasionally.