Two days from now, my home country will go through presidential elections. Although this event has been the catalyst for writing this article, these are words that I’ve wanted to publish for a long time now. I am addressing every person eligible for voting.
A challenge was issued on social media, urging people to share 3 reasons for which they will go and vote. Since I don’t live in my home country anymore, it’s going to be a bit of a hassle for me to take part in this futile battle against a corrupted system, but you know what?
1. I Vote Because They Haven’t Broken My Spirit!
2. I Vote Because I Am Responsible For My And My Loved Ones’ Future!
3. I Vote Because I Am Able To Reason And Exercise Free Will!
Now come and read the rest of the article.
What has initially started as an analogy to explain how the multiverse, quantum mechanics, free will and consciousness can all fit in the same phrase, has grown into three articles, each of them approaching the subject from a different perspective and with different goals.
Although the explanations and suppositions which I have formulated can be classified as pseudo-science, I prefer to consider this is a work of hard science fiction^, that is, “science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail”.
However, do not be disappointed by the use of the word “fiction”. These articles are based on hard science (I have provided plenty of references), theories and experiments (such as the famous double slit experiment). The only thing “fiction” here is the use of various analogies and stating a few wild hypotheses.
This is the third article in a series discussing quantum mechanics and consciousness. It relies heavily on the previous two articles where I theorize that our consciousness switches from one universe to the next by means of choices made by our free will. These universes form a probability cloud called the multiverse^ which is, itself, part of a succession of such systems of varying complexity (either larger or smaller in scale than our universe). This stack of probability clouds is called the quantum super-system.
Using this hypothesis, we can find exotic explanations for certain aspects of life, while in the same time questions will arise regarding what (if anything) lies beyond our current existence.
Humanity is already capable of simulating fractions^ of the universe. We started with cave sculptures and, step by step, we have perfected the art of building entire worlds. We now delve into virtual reality and there are many more amazing technological breakthroughs that await. Eventually, we will probably end up being able to transport our entire sensory apparatus into universes of our own making. Are we the first iteration of this matter organization process?
The simulated reality hypothesis^ has been around for quite some time, but can we find some proof for its existence in the strange quantum behaviors that we’ve been observing? What if the hypothesis can be improved in a way that would resolve one of its biggest caveats: if this is a simulated reality, aren’t the simulators a simulation themselves?
Just like the Sun does not revolve around the Earth, it is quite probable that this universe itself is part of a larger system. One such system, the multiverse^, is a well-known theoretical concept in modern physics. Mysteries are often the source of all sorts of suppositions, from magic and gods to scientific theories; the paradox presented by the double slit experiment is no exception. I see it as a confirmation for the hypothesis of the multiverse, which reconciles a deterministic universe (devoid of free will) with the possibility that free will actually exists (in a probabilistic multiverse).
According to some, the functioning of the Universe in which we exist can be explained through a limited number of laws. So far, scientists have discovered quite a lot of these laws, which is why mankind now has a firmer grip on its future. Unfortunately, when talking about quantum mechanics, a lot of those rules are not applicable and a new kind of physics is required, one that comes with a plethora of new paradigms. Among the things which have eluded physicists for decades is reconciling general relativity with quantum mechanics.
I will argue that there is a connection between free will and behaviors observed in quantum mechanics, and I will offer my explanation of why the double slit experiment yields such results. I will start with a theory which is well known in physics: the multiverse^ (also known as parallel universes). This is closely related with one of the possible interpretations of the experiment: the “many worlds interpretation^”, a theory which can reconcile an uncertain, probabilistic universe with a predictable, deterministic one.
One of the most important summits in the history of the North Atlantic Treaty is kicking off on Thursday and the outcome of this meeting will shape the political landscape for years to come. And I repeat, for the sake of emphasis: NATO, watch it! We don’t want a war!
Disclaimer: this opinion article has been directed at NATO because of the upcoming summit and because the numerous hints that have led me to believe that, behind closed doors, a war is being prepared. However, I am not Putin’s fan (or anybody’s for that matter!) and of course that I am mindful that it is not only NATO which may start a war, but Russia as well. So Russia, you watch it too!
History has a sad tendency to repeat itself, and terrifyingly enough, all the signs of an impending World War are here: economic downturn (which doesn’t seem to go away no matter how hard everybody tries), lots of military confrontations all over the planet, overpopulation and, unlike other times: a sick media interest in covering war and blowing things out of proportion (this is especially obvious in the Western Europe and North America).
Don’t take it for granted that a smartphone’s battery can only last a couple of days. In this guide, I will show you how you can greatly extend the mileage you get out of your trusted sidekick. I’ve more-than-doubled the battery life of my Galaxy Note 3: my current record is 5 days, including quite a few phone calls and occasional browsing & gaming. True, the Note 3 has a large battery (3200 mAh compared to Galaxy S4 at 2800 mAh or iPhone 5s at 1560 mAh). If I’m conservative, I can easily get 8 days out of it! I don’t think I have to tell you how awesome it is to reduce your reliance on recharging, not to mention this prolongs the lifetime of the device’s battery.
Many of the energy-saving measures presented here rely on one of the most capable automation apps ever: Tasker. There’s a gazillion things you can do with it, and one of these is the ability to regulate the way your device uses mobile data, which is a serious power guzzler. If you truly want some amazing battery life improvements and are willing to invest a few hours in permanently advancing the quality of your mobile experience, I’m going to remove your (potential) fear of rooting your device and also tell you about how to use a custom kernel for further energy saving.
If you’d ask me to pick one application that defines the Android platform and which I consider absolutely essential to my mobile experience, it would undoubtedly be Tasker. This thing is so useful, so versatile, so universally known, that I cannot think of a single user that wouldn’t benefit from it in some way. It goes hand in hand with the openness of Google’s Operating System and it gets even more powerful when you have a rooted device (although for most of the things it can do, you do not need root access).
I use Tasker (Google Play^) mostly for reducing the energy consumption of my gadgets and for timed profiles (it allows for a lot more customization than the Android OS). In this tutorial I will show you exactly how I automate my phone’s connectivity, but through the information that I will share with you, you will learn how to use many of the features of this excellent app. Then, only your imagination is the limit of what you can do with it.
Remember Google’s “don’t be evil” mantra? Nowadays, when mentioned in the media, it is usually accompanied by more than a few grains of salt, sometimes topped off with a pinch of irony. Does the company deserve this treatment? Although Google has been through its share of disputes and has made a few blunders along the way (such as storing data sent by private WiFi networks; almost surely an accident^), these could just be the growing pains that come naturally during such a firm’s evolution. We’re riding a technological behemoth into an age of explosive scientific advancement, but such a creature is surely bound to cause a few wrinkles on the fabric of our civilization.
Google has been losing some of its fans lately and this includes some influential journalists. PR was never one of the Internet giant’s strong points, nor did it ever seem to want it to be. Even though “don’t be evil” is a beautiful principle and should definitely stay close to the company’s core, I’m going to suggest an addendum to that. One that, I will argue, fits Google’s actions and, if properly introduced in the media, would serve as a very welcome image boost. But first, let’s cover a few important facts about the company’s past and present. Then, we’ll get to seeing how the addendum I propose makes sense.
I am Axonn Echysttas, software developer, writer, hardware enthusiast, sociopolitical analyst, amateur philosopher, consumer of arts, gamer and a few other things. After writing for several publications (such as The Inquirer^), in 2012, I decided to establish my own website, so that I may freely pursue my writing style and favorite topics.
As a rule, I only write about things I feel strongly about. Time is a limited resource, therefore it is my desire to use it wisely. I cover a wide range of topics, as is evident when one navigates this site. So, in a way, I invite you to feel like a patron in a restaurant of thought. See what’s on the menu and go ahead and help yourself with whatever dish tempts you the most.