The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Okay, now I’ve truly seen it all. There’s now an app called Universe Splitter, that, if used, according to a leading theory of quantum behavior, will cause your many universes to diverge. And it only costs $1.99.

As far as I can tell, it asks you to tell it two things that you could be doing right now, like taking a nap or organizing your sock drawer. It then tells you which one to do, based on how a photon is split by a Quantis quantum device in Geneva that is certified by the National Metrology Institute of Switzerland. (In theory the “you” in another universe will do the other thing.) It then reports the results of that quantum event.

It looks like a great app if you’re indecisive. From the comments, it seems like it would be fun to do the opposite of what you’re told to do, thus creating a third universe. It’s kind of mind bending when you think about it.

I think it might be fun to be reminded that your life could have taken an entirely different path. And it’s also entertaining to imagine that no matter what choice you make, another you is out there doing the opposite. There’s a lot of science to back this up, believe it or not.

Does that mean that in another universe I voted for Trump? Nooooooooooooo!

But I also feel like using this app is a huge responsibility. Am I forcing the hand of the other me? What if the other me doesn’t want to take a nap? Am I causing havoc in other worlds?Am I becoming a micromanager or a pushy pseudo parent? Am I setting off a steady stream of divorces? Violent crimes? Foolishness and shenanigans? Undeserved failures or successes?

Do I have the right to do that? It’s a moral conundrum that would have me hesitating before pushing any buttons. It feels heavy.

It also just occurred to me that every time I open my drawbridge, per this theory, I’m splitting universes for people. What if the cars I am delaying mean that people will just miss meeting the loves of their lives? What if they lose their jobs because they show up late? Ugh. Too much responsibility.

So maybe I should ask the app if I should use the app…

Oh, my head hurts.

If you choose to read my book, does that mean that the “you” in another universe won’t read my book? That would make me sad. http://amzn.to/2mlPVh5

6 thoughts on “An App to Split the Universe

  1. Angiportus Librarysaver says:

    Save yourself a couple of bucks. And don’t worry about the use of your bridge. Too dang many worries anyway. I can’t keep track of what goes in this universe, I don’t want to spend time considering the other one[s]. Besides, what if a stray cosmic ray hit that quantum device half a world away? They are just trying to make money off you. If they were doing a real experiment they’d pay you; at least they wouldn’t charge you for it.

    1. I agree with everything you’re saying except I do like to spend time considering the other universes. But no I’m not going to spend my money on it and only in passing do I worry about splitting the universe

  2. Lyn says:

    What if the you in another universe is using the same app controlling you? Are those that are creating third universes trying to take back control of their decisions? Is the other you actually you if they’re always in opposition to who you are here, or just an evil twin? Think my brain is being split now.

    1. Welcome to my (multiple) world(s).

  3. Carole says:

    Now you’ve done it! I cannot get this out of my head. The last time someone mentioned Coconuts… “We’ve got a lovely bunch of”, flittered through my mind for over three weeks. I have a feeling the quandary of “If I do this, will this occur? And, what if I screw up both universes? will be with me for a long time. I think, I’ll take two aspirin and try and sleep.

    1. But what if a you in another universe needed that aspirin? 😀 Sorry. Had to.

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