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IN Weird ON 24 Aug, 2015
Did you think the theories shown in sci-fi films are the extreme side of science and nothing else would give you chills?
Well, if you did, then know now that you were wrong! Science has a lot of theories floating around, even several strange and intriguing ones, that haven't been portrayed in Hollywood movies yet!
Here are ten scary scientific theories that'll give you goosebumps!
The Terror Management Theory suggests that whatever a human being has ever done beyond those required for basic survival, is due to the fear of death and extinction. It is an extremely cynic theory that suggests fear of death to be the motivation for all that humans have done or will ever do! For it, culture is just a massive shared delusion to mitigate our fear of the unknown and ultimately of death. We take comfort in our value systems and the structures that arise from them, whether that's through conceptions of biological kinship, national/ political identity, religious faith, etc. This includes belief in the inherent value of ensuring the future of humanity through scientific progress.
You do know about the search for life on other planets and stars that has been tugging at the curiosity of mankind for so long, right? Well, the Great Filter is a theory that talks about the potential of life, stating that there is a great filter somewhere in the timeline of the existence of life, and so, if the human race is yet to reach that point, then once we do, we will be wiped out. And if we have already passed it, then we are already on our way to colonizing the stars! That's about it!
The Brain in a vat is an element of several thought experiments and it makes the following assumptions - -The brain is the origin of all consciousness. -The brain operates on electrical impulses.- External stimuli can affect the way the brain operates. -Any external stimuli to the brain can be simulated to a degree that the brain cannot distinguish these simulated stimuli from natural stimuli. The point is that you could be a brain in a jar, being fed false impulses for your entire life by an external source, or you (still a brain in a jar) could be hallucinating your entire life from lack of stimuli.
Picture a 2-D person. If you look down at him, he'll never know that there's someone, namely you, who's looking at him. Now the same applies to us - we are like the 3-D version of the pictured 2-D person, and there could be a 4-D person looking at us from a fourth dimension that we can't contemplate! Creepy huh!
This is one of the most popular theories. Suppose there's an ant in an anthill, and right beside it, we built a super highway. The question here is will the ants understand the significance of the highway? This is basically our position in comparison to the more-advanced beings in the universe. We are yet not equipped to know what they want to teach us.
Roko's Basilisk is basically the scientific version of what we saw in The Matrix and Avengers: Age of Ultron. It says that somewhere in the future, an all-powerful artificial intelligence may retroactively punish those who did not assist in bringing it to existence. It resembles a futurist version of Pascal's wager; an argument suggesting that people should take into account particular singularitarian ideas, or even donate money, by weighing up the prospect of punishment versus reward. Furthermore, the proposition says that merely knowing about it incurs the risk of punishment.
The theory suggests that our universe is a false phase state, and is a part of a larger universe. Basically, it's like a bubble in a pot of boiling water. And eventually, it will have to burst, and everything we know will disappear in a moment, and we can do nothing about it.
A man sits down before a gun, which is pointed at his head. This is no ordinary gun; it's rigged to a machine that measures the spin of a quantum particle. Each time the trigger is pulled, the spin of the quantum particle - or quark - is measured. Depending on the measurement, the gun will either fire, or not. If the quantum particle is measured as spinning in a clockwise motion, the gun will fire. If the quark is spinning counterclockwise, the gun won't go off. There'll only be a click. Nervously, the man takes a breath and pulls the trigger. The gun clicks. He pulls the trigger again. Click. And again: click. The man will continue to pull the trigger again and again with the same result: The gun won't fire. Although it's functioning properly and loaded with bullets, no matter how many times he pulls the trigger, the gun will never fire. He'll continue this process for eternity, becoming immortal. Go back in time to the beginning of the experiment. The man pulls the trigger for the very first time, and the quark is now measured as spinning clockwise. The gun fires. The man is dead. But, wait. The man already pulled the trigger the first time - and an infinite amount of times following that - and we already know the gun didn't fire. How can the man be dead? The man is unaware, but he's both alive and dead. Each time he pulls the trigger, the universe is split in two. It will continue to split, again and again, each time the trigger is pulled. This thought experiment is called quantum suicide.
The hypothesis proposes that once civilizations saturate their local region of space with their intelligence, they reach microscopic technological singularity, create a black hole and leave our visible, macroscopic universe in order to continue exponential growth of complexity and intelligence, and disappear from this universe, thus explaining the Fermi Paradox. Developments in Astro-biology make this a testable hypothesis. It proposes space, time, energy and matter compression, as a driver of accelerating change, which must lead cosmic intelligence to a future of highly-miniaturized, accelerated, and local "transcension" to extra-universal domains, rather than to space-faring expansion within our existing universe.
Scientists believe we are heading towards the sixth mass extinction. With the several dangers increasing with every day, it does seem like a possibility. The gradual rise in intensity and frequency of natural disasters, the deterioration of the environment and the development of energies like nuclear power do agree to the theory as well! It's only a matter of time before we are in the mouth of an apocalypse.
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