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There may be a Parallel Universe that is Moving Backwards in Time.

There are many things that we know about time, and many other things that we still struggle to comprehend. Time 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?

The Parallel Universe, a place where there could possibly be another you, another me and another entire duplicate world. Another possibility and likelihood is that this parallel universe could be moving in the opposite direction in time. Our future could be someone else’s past. This is strange, but highly likely according to recent studies. A trio of theoretical physicists suggests that there may be more than one future. These experts claim that the Big Bang 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 past? There are also questions as to why our universe is in such an ordered state.

One idea, derived from the mind of Ludwig Boltzmann, is that our order is just a part of a much larger equilibrium state. Tim Koslowski, Julian Barbour and Flavio Mercati 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. 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.

Chemical Garden

Different colored metal silicates grow up the sides of these glass vials. Katie Pulsipher, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, formed them by dropping different metal salts into a solution of sodium silicate. As the reaction proceeds, it creates a concentration gradient of metal ions that increases up the vial, leading to the plantlike growth of the metal silicate along that gradient. From left to right, the metal salts used were copper(II) chloride, cobalt(II) chloride, zinc(II) chloride, and iron(II) chloride.

Credit: Katie Pulsipher

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