Archive for May 2014



phlud – the dark dreamer

I have some interesting dreams from time to time. This one I felt the need to post here, which made me realize there’s no great category for it besides Rants & Remarks, perhaps prose, but there may be a need for me to create a Dream category if I plan to share more dreams in the future.. and perhaps I will.

The following are the notes from last nights dream, 05-26-2014. At least, as much as I can recall. I’ll add more if I can. What I do remember will stick with me for quite some time. It was very vivid, and I have the feeling that the experience was somehow immensely important.

Woke at 5:40, then continued the dream until 6:50. got some water and tried to remember what I could. Then slept until 9:00, and had another dream which was unrelated.

It began in ancient times, and progressed over different lifetimes.

I was like, some “child-god” or something, very hard to put into words. Young Important and powerful. There was another like me, a girl. It was ancient times, looked Egyptian or Babylonian.

Then something happened that I cant quite recall (one of the parts I’m trying to recover) a ritual or something it seemed like, or end times, something major.. we, the girl and I, began to grow into giants and we shape-shifted into sphinxes.

Everyone was running around going crazy. It felt like it was inside some place, a large temple or cave illuminated by torch light.

My memory fades a bit, but the next thing I recall is another lifetime. I was a child again. I was with these other children, and we were all gifted. The same somehow.. god-like.

I was in some room, felt like the upstairs of a house; a finished attic, with these other child-gods. We were day dreaming, but our visualizations were being played out in front of us in small scale like some sort of augmented reality projection.

Some words were said during this that I wish I could remember:

(Our dreams/imaginations became reality. Something about dreams creating reality. Our dreams in each life were important to mankind and the planet somehow.)

And something else happened when I was with these other kids, something happened where we all died or passed on somehow. Ascended?

Came back again in another life, I remember being a kid again, this girl kept coming back with me too.

There’s so much detail I’m leaving out because I can’t begin to put it into words, but there was a feeling that all this was very important.

Each life the surroundings were more modern. It’s hard to say how many lifetimes there were, maybe 4 or 5. In some I didn’t get beyond being a child, others I grew into adulthood.

In one of them, with the girl and I (and always this feeling of deep importance), one of the gifted children from the past life began competing with us in this life. He was trying to mess us up, throw us off. He killed the girl, and I remember feeling like it threw off the balance of power somehow.

I remember that I end up killing him, but something happened just before that I can’t seem to remember. I figured a loophole around the imbalance but can’t remember what that was.

So anyhow, there was a life after this one, where its just me. I’m a kid again, sitting in a room with a bunch of guys in suits, mafia looking, tough and important looking. I’m just going on about how I have no father, no masters, no boss to tell me what to do. I get the sense that these guys are afraid of me, or afraid of the things I’m saying.

That’s about the last thing I can recall. There was so much more, some lost and faded, some beyond words as they were only feelings. Woke up feeling high and energized.

If I remember more or have another related dream, I shall post it here.

Quantum twist could kill off the multiverse

A radical new view of quantum mechanics does away with an eternal “bubble” multiverse, and suggests how the “many worlds” multiverse will draw to a close

THE multiverse is dead, long live the multiverse. A radical new way of looking at quantum mechanics suggests that even the multiverse will come to an end.

A popular view of the multiverse says that our universe is just one of an ever-inflating multitude of discrete “bubble” universes. These bubbles are eternally budding off new universes even as individual universes age and die.

But a new view of quantum effects – the brainchild of Sean Carroll at the California Institute of Technology and his colleagues – challenges this picture. It is also potentially very useful to quantum theorists, as it does away with some thorny issues that currently dog cosmology, including a particularly baffling paradox involving disembodied consciousnesses known as “Boltzmann brains”.

Carroll’s insight comes from a fresh way of looking at random motions known as quantum fluctuations.

Quantum systems baffle our best physical intuition. Current models say that a tiny particle like an electron has no precise position: the best we can do is describe the probability of finding an electron in a particular spot, given by an equation called its wave function. When you attempt to make a measurement, the wave function “collapses” and picks a single value – but until that instant, the electron’s position fluctuates. One upshot of such uncertainty is the emergence of quantum fluctuations out of seemingly empty space.

Despite their bizarre qualities, however, quantum fluctuations get the credit for our very existence. Studies of the first light emitted in the universe, about 380,000 years after the big bang, suggest that quantum fluctuations in the early universe made matter denser in some regions than others, resulting in a cosmic web of galaxies, stars, planets and, ultimately, people.

The random jitters also seemed to have another intriguing consequence. In the split second after the big bang, the universe is thought to have gone through an explosive growth spurt known as inflation, driven by quantum particles called inflatons. These would be subject to quantum fluctuations too, and every so often an inflaton would be randomly infused with extra energy, blowing a separate bubble universe into existence. That bubble would itself go through inflation and in turn blow more bubbles, leading to the idea of the bubble multiverse (see diagram). By this thinking, once inflation starts it can never really end, and new universes are always being born – so this multiverse is infinite and endless.

That is the prevailing view, at least. Carroll and his colleagues decided to take a second look at this theory because it leads to some unresolved questions. In such an infinite multiverse, everything that has even a slight chance of happening is virtually certain to happen – you just need to wait long enough.

Some theorists have pointed out that, taken to its logical conclusion, that includes the spontaneous aggregation of matter so that it creates self-aware, disembodied brains. It’s the same kind of logic that says an infinite number of monkeys typing randomly would eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare. “It sounds like something a bunch of college sophomores would discuss while high. It doesn’t sound like a real scientific problem,” says Scott Aaronson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

That may be true, but Boltzmann brains create some serious problems for theorists: over the entire history of the universe, such brains would outnumber consciousnesses such as ours. That’s a big problem, because the starting point for our understanding of the universe and its behaviour is that humans, not disembodied brains, are typical observers. What’s more, Boltzmann brains are just too bizarre for some people. “I believe they fail the Monty Python test: Stop that! That’s too silly!” says Seth Lloyd of MIT.

via Quantum twist could kill off the multiverse – physics-math – 14 May 2014 – New Scientist.