My Philosophy of Fiction

Everything imagined happens somewhere sometime eventually, just not here. OK, maybe that is oversimplifying things a bit so allow me to explain. We have to start with String Theory. The theory’s purpose is to meld the Theory of Relativity (the laws of the macro) with Quantum Mechanics (the laws of the micro). It is still a work in progress though, because basically the solution to the equation that combines the two theories and explains a bunch of other science-y stuff has 10^500 possible answers. Yes that’s 1 followed by 500 zeroes – 100 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000  …. I think I counted right. Now this isn’t like how many ways can you answer 2+2 wrong, all of these answers are right answers but only one of them applies to our universe. Since they are equally valid the implication is that there are at a minimum that many possible universes. And I say minimum because just like there is more than one way to add up to 4 (1+3, 2+2, 4+0) there is more than one way to get each of those 10^500 answers.

Considering that no human being can truly imagine in more than 3 dimensions of space (and string theory requires 10 of them!) you begin to realize that anything ever imagined by anyone on Earth is a small subset of all of those universes. No matter how outrageous the imagining there is simply no way that you can visualize something that is NOT possible in one of that vast immense and obscenely huge number of universes. So, yeah, Game of Thrones? True. Lord of the Rings? True. Twilight? So pathetically true. The Bible/Koran/Talmud? True…in some other Universe (yeah that’s gonna offend someone for sure).

And yes I do realize that the multiversal concept in M-Theory is still hypothetical and not yet testable but since we keep finding that we, as a species, are less and less the center of Creation with each passing century this would be the ultimate expression of that marginalization. Thus our only true specialness is the ability to imagine other universes that are as equally valid as our own.

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