by Bryan Nelson from MNN Website
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many of the bizarre observations
made in quantum mechanics.
Attempts to explain some of the bizarre consequences of quantum theory have led to some mindbending ideas, such as the Copenhagen interpretation and the manyworlds interpretation.
Now there's a new theory on the block, called the "many interacting worlds" hypothesis (MIW), and the idea is just as profound as it sounds. The theory suggests not only that parallel worlds exist, but that they interact with our world on the quantum level and are thus detectable.
Though still speculative, the theory may help to finally explain some of the bizarre consequences inherent in quantum mechanics, reports RT.com.
The theory is a spinoff of the manyworlds interpretation in quantum mechanics  an idea that posits that all possible alternative histories and futures are real, each representing an actual, though parallel, world.
One problem with the manyworlds interpretation, however, has been that it is fundamentally untestable, since observations can only be made in our world. Happenings in these proposed "parallel" worlds can thus only be imagined.
MIW, however, says otherwise.
It suggests that parallel worlds can interact on the quantum level, and in fact that they do...
Howard Wiseman and colleagues have proposed that there exists,
Quantum effects can be explained by factoring in this force, they propose.
Whether or not the math holds true will be the ultimate test for this theory. Does it or does it not properly predict quantum effects mathematically? But the theory is certain to provide plenty of fodder for the imagination.
For instance, when asked about whether their theory might entail the possibility that humans could someday interact with other worlds, Wiseman said:
What might your life look like if you made different choices?
Maybe one day you'll be able to look into one of these alternative worlds and find out.
