Parallel Universes, The limits of probability, and Giraffes

I have been thinking about Giraffes all weekend.  On Saturday I was feeling very exhausted so we sat down to catch up on the Professor Brian Cox series; Wonders of Life.  In episode 3 he was talking about natural selection & the infinite possibilities of life presented by the way our DNA works, and how natural selection narrows down that infinity to the range of animals that we have on the planet today.  He was in Madagascar, where many many unique species exist due to the fact that Madagascar has been separated from the other land masses around it for millions of years.

Then there were a few shots of him in Africa, and he came upon Giraffes, and talked about them with the same wonder as I have for them.

Professor Brian Cox & a Giraffe

Professor Brian Cox & a Giraffe

Terry Pratchett has a great way of looking at the probability scale and the chances of things happening… He talks about the fact that just because something doesn’t happen to occur in our universe, it will be happening in another universe… as he describes it in his ‘Discworld and Terry Pratchett’ Wiki-space;

Everything you can imagine is happening out there somewhere.

Which he says is the definition of a Multiverse. Even if it isn’t happening here, there will be a whole sub-infinity of parallel universes where it is. A universe is a small thing by comparison, as it contains only the sum totality of any one chain of causal events.
multiverse could perhaps best be described as “Everything”

Everything is…. well, everything. Not just the things that we perceive are, from our lowly vantage point, of only being able to see and act in three dimensions of space and what we perceive to be one-way linear time. It contains everything that is, was, will be, and more importantly all the mights and maybes. Things and events that we might distantly speculate about, or that we wonder might have happened if events had played out a bit differently

In my opinion, we are very lucky that giraffes happened to be in ours

Rarasaur‘s second weekly Prompt for the Promptless; The 11th possibility

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About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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32 Responses to Parallel Universes, The limits of probability, and Giraffes

  1. Maxi says:

    Omg Barbara, the photos of the Giraffes are the most unique I have ever seen. Fabulous.
    blessings ~ maxi

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    • Barbara says:

      I love them, but then I love Giraffe’s too. I didn’t take those giraffe photos, they are from google or the BBC, but they are super aren’t they!

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  2. I share your love for these beautiful beings! And for Terry Pratchett!

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    • Barbara says:

      I’m so sad he is getting alzheimer’s, his writing is pure genius… I want the Discworld stories to go on forever!

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      • Oh no! That’s horrible. Maybe it will still go on anyway. His illness might even enhance it 🙂
        What’s the color of Magic?

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        • Barbara says:

          Octaine

          Or was that not your question? It’s also the name of his first Discworld book

          He has a great Wikispace detailing all the characters, places, significant objects and their interactions so that will help, having the ideas in his head mapped out literally in the internet. Hopefully that will help him keep the connections going 🙂

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  3. Sherry Galey says:

    Giraffes are truly one of nature’s wonders. And I will have to check out Terry Pratchett…

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  4. Al says:

    Great news! I just found out I was Freshly Pressed in another universe!

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    • Barbara says:

      Guaranteed to have happened 🙂

      Funny, my email notifies me of comments & I was elsewhere on my iPad so an email notification came up saying you had commented;

      Great news! I just found out I was freshly Pressed….. And it cut off there

      I got all excited for you

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  5. Al says:

    The strange thing is, in the other universe, I’m a Socialist. Go figure.

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  6. Al says:

    You mentioned in one of your comments about not getting notified when someone responds. If you go back to your comment at http://thecvillean.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/dont-mention-it-emir/ I tried to explain what is going on. Hope WordPress gets it fixed soon.

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    • Barbara says:

      Aha! That explains it. I have had a few notifications, and today when I was on my iPad I saw notifications coming up that you had replied to some of my comments, but then when I went to notifications I couldn’t find them

      I think the problem is that the posts we are commenting on are older than a certain date, and the notifications are probably assumed read after a certain length of time, so when I look for unread notifications my notification thingy tells me I haven’t any unread ones despite the fact that I have just had a ‘pop up’ telling me of a new comment.

      I will as you say, have to go back through all my comments and read your replies 🙂

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      • Al says:

        I thought maybe that was it too, but I just got a notification of a comment from someone on a post that is two years old. And up to a few days ago, I was getting notifications from you on real old ones. I think it is being worked out. Anyway, I think you are pretty much through my flag waving phase and getting into some more thoughtful posts. You are to be commended for braving it up to this point!

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        • Barbara says:

          It’s been fun 🙂 the fact that you didn’t want me to read the posts made me interested to see what was in them! I’m just that type of person!

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  7. Grannymar says:

    When I see giraff’s I think of Val Doonican singing ‘Walk Tall’ – http://youtu.be/BL58-Sh94ms – way before your time, Barbara.

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    • Barbara says:

      Lol, thanks for that…. I have heard it before, but didn’t realise it was Val Doonican. I was very painfully shy of my height as a child, so I’m sure dad sang it to me 🙂

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  8. Garret Smyth says:

    In at least one universe there are very small giraffes that have been domesticated and make very good pets. They are just the right height to wake you up in the morning by licking your face whilst still keeping all four feet on the floor. There are also guide giraffes for the blind that are able. unlike guide dogs, to press the buttons in lifts with their noses.

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  9. Brilliant pictures. I really enjoy Prof Brian Cox. He’s the kind of scientist I would’ve loved to have as a teacher – and he’s gorgeous.

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  12. djmatticus says:

    Great response! Fantastic idea to bring up the multiverse and the discworld series. In our world, the 11th possibility is for a coin to somehow land on it’s edge when flipped. In a different world out among the multiverse, that would the norm, and having it land tails or heads up would be the 11th possibility.

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    • Barbara says:

      Thank you, I was trying to think of how to connect the alternate universe theory with this challenge & then I remembered how well Terry Pratchett explained it 🙂

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