Tuesday, February 9, 2010


[The following is intended as a thought experiment. Certain limitations exist which are not discussed: mirror-image objects do not behave the same way objects do in this universe, for example mirror-milk is poisonous as the mirror image isomers in lactic acid would prove toxic to normal humans - however; that's not to say that mirror-people couldn't drink mirror-milk.]

When you look into a mirror (or any smooth reflecting suface) you are given a unique oportunity. You are seeing another world. This world is (not to be redundant) a mirror-image of your own. When you stare into a mirror at yourself (and we all do it) you will find yourself engaged in a strange behavior. As you explore your reflected image, mostlikely, you will not notice that the image in the mirror is also exploring you. As you move about the image traces you effortlessly. Or does it? We all assume that the image in the mirror is simply a reflection, and to some extent it is. But when you begin to understand the stranger aspects of Quantum Mechanics and the MWI,* you are aware that the image also represents another world, a world which appears (for the moment) locked into a dance of symmetry with our own world. Deeper contemplation reveals another odd question. When you make a motion, say a facial expression like a grin, who was it that grinned? The answer depends souly upon your perspective, your limited point of reference. Imagine the mirror image "you" for a moment. What would they think? Would they not assume the same thing we did, that they grinned and we grinned back? Of course they would - and they would be correct, and so would you. What your mirror-image self does after they leave the reflection of the mirror is another interesting matter. The truth is never singular and never quite so clear as we wish it to be.

The biggest obstacle to understanding the world around oneself is not the math, the science or the complexity of the task but rather the things which one KNOWS to be true - but are infact false!

Please refer to earlier blog entries concerning the finer implications of MWI Cosmology and how it related to Lewis Carroll's classic tales Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking-glass and what Alice found there.

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