A Quilted Universe

Is there a copy of you reading this article? A person who is not you but who lives on a planet called Earth, with misty mountains, fertile fields and sprawling cities, in a solar system with eight other planets? The life of this person has been identical to yours in every respect. But perhaps he or she now decides to put down this article with-out finishing it, while you read on. - Max Tegmark

What if I were to tell you that at this moment, if you were to look up and watch the stars… there would be someone with your name looking back.

This is not a crazy idea.

Here’s a useful thought experiment to wrap your head around how this is possible:

Take (or imagine) 100 coins. Flip them all. Say you got 30 heads and 70 tails.

How many more times would you need to flip all 100 coins in order to get the same exact number of heads and tails? Probably quite a few times. It’s unlikely it would happen twice in a row.

But what if you could flip all 100 coins infinitely many times?

You would always eventually hit 30 heads and 70 tails again. How many times it takes to get there for any one attempt doesn’t matter… we’re talking about infinity.

There are about 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 particles in the human body.

If you had to flip that many quarters, how many times do you think you’d get the same arrangement of flips?

How far out into the universe do you think you’d have to go to get the same arrangement of particles?

It turns out, we have an actual number:

10 to the 1028 meters. This number is so big that we don’t have a word for it.

Whether or not each of us has a doppelgänger in a mirror galaxy far away depends on one thing:

The universe must be infinite.

Although modern cosmology seems to suggest we have a flat universe with potentially infinite space, we don’t know if this is the case.

Perhaps only future science will reveal the answer to us but won’t you do me a favor and look again at the Hubble photograph above?

Can you by chance see any galaxy that looks conspicuously like the Milky Way?

Although it’s almost certainly not the case for any of these galaxies, if you get an infinite number of flips, it’s only so long until you get another tails…

(Image Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team)


I’d been looking for ways to push myself to do more warmup sketches recently, when I had the bright idea to go over to Anthony Burch’s askblog and see if he had any random facts about The Doppelganger to share that could serve as inspiration (seeing as how he’s had various interactions and requests with other artists before)

He did, so this is 100% his fault and not mine okay thanks

So I read an article on telltales forums that the masked stranger could actually be Timothy Lawrence?

1. He gotta hide his identity because he looks like Handsome Jack.
2. We never get to know what really happened to him after Pre-Sequel.
3. He would have had a lot of time on Pandora to build up his character and become more badass.
4. It would make an awesome twist.