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.
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.
A 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