Parallel Universes: Not Just Science Fiction

Parallel universes, unidentified masses, alternate diminsions – you know, the stuff that makes really good science fiction – may not be fiction much longer.

According to an article on The Huffington Post, physicists who have been researching the origins of the universe are hopeful that by next year they will find the first proof of  other dimensions and hidden worlds,  a concept portrayed only in science fiction as just that: fiction.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the infamous Swiss research center CERN, however, is moving into higher gear, and talks of the highly anticipated “New Physics” are on the rise. These “New Physics” could completely change our views of the universe and how it works.

On CERN’s staff-targeted bulletin this month, an entry read: “Parallel universes, unknown forms of matter, extra dimensions…These are not the stuff of cheap science fiction but very concrete physics theories that scientists are trying to confirm with the LHC and other experiments.”

As the LHC runs in its massive underground complex, colliding particles at increasingly high energies , the “Universe’s extra bits”  (if they do exist as they are predicted to) should be able to be transferred into a computerized view, according to the theorists on the research team.

Let the debate between science and religion begin.

4 Responses to Parallel Universes: Not Just Science Fiction

  • Wayne says:

    I’m a bit of a scifi fan myself and I found the information on here quite interesting. Are you a fan of modern science fiction television such as Fringe and Stargate?

    • Chris says:

      I love SciFi, but I don’t watch those television shows. There are so many great shows on TV right now, many of them made with the quality of any movie. I have some friends who love those shows. If you haven’t read Philip K. Dick, he is an amazing author whose work was categorized as scifi, but has the elements of classic fiction. If you haven’t read “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” you should. It was made into the movie “Blade Runner,” but the book, as usual, is way better.

  • Neil Stevens says:

    >Let the debate between science and religion begin.

    Why? What does your article suggest to be contentious between the two? Bit of a bubble-gum closing line. More pertinent perhaps might be “will religion and science be finally reunited?”

    Now that’s a discussion worth having :)

    • Chris says:

      That is definitely a discussion worth having, but unfortunately it won’t happen nearly enough. The sad fact is that most people tend to avoid gray areas when it comes to this debate, or any debate. To most, there is just right and wrong. In discussion boards, comment sections, and in every day life, you get the idea that people either live by religion or live by science, and often dismiss the other. Trust me, I agree with you; science and religion should be united. They go hand in hand. But topics like new dimensions tend to bring out the most animated, opinionated sides of people. As far as a bubble-gum closing line, well, we are just trying to get a conversation going!

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