About the Infinite Repetition of Histories in Space

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Published Aug 22, 2014
Manuel Alfonseca Francisco José Soler Gil

Abstract

This paper analyzes two different proposals, one by Ellis and Brundrit, based on classical relativistic cosmology, the other by Garriga and Vilenkin, based on the DH interpretation of quantum mechanics, both concluding that, in an infinite universe, planets and beings must be repeated an infinite number of times. We point to possible shortcomings in these arguments. We conclude that the idea of an infinite repetition of histories in space cannot be considered strictly speaking a consequence of current physics and cosmology. Such ideas should be seen rather as examples of «ironic science» in the terminology of John Horgan.

How to Cite

Alfonseca, M., & Soler Gil, F. J. (2014). About the Infinite Repetition of Histories in Space. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 29(3), 361–373. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.9951
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Keywords

Infinite universe, Classical cosmology, Quantum interpretation

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