Have You Died? Take the Quantum Immortality Test

Shelly Fagan
May 23, 2019 · 11 min read
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Have you experienced a near-fatal accident or survived a serious illness? Quantum immortality suggests you may have died. Some say this test will determine if it happened to you.

Have you had an unexplained accident where you should have died, but due to same random stroke of amazing luck, you managed to survive?

Were you ever so ill, you narrowly escaped death?

Afterwards, did you remember events differently from those around you?

One possible explanation is that you may have indeed experienced death in another timeline, but your consciousness continued in an alternate reality.

The Head On Collision

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Jerry* had one such experience. He asked for his identity remain secret because he doesn’t want people to “think he is crazy.”

“I know how this sounds,” he said. “I have been trying to figure this out for ten years. My family won’t talk to me about it.”

Jerry was driving on a highway when a pickup truck going the opposite direction crossed the center line. It happened so quickly, he didn’t have time to swerve.

“The truck was so close, I couldn’t react,” Jerry said. “There was no avoiding it. We were going 65 or 70 miles per hour, and I knew I wouldn’t survive.” He shut his eyes and braced for impact.

“I waited two, three seconds, but there was no crash, no sound of tires screeching,” Jerry said. “I opened my eyes and we were past the point of the collision and much further down the road than we should have been if we had simply missed each other. I looked in my rear view mirror, the truck was moving away from us, also much further away than it should have been, and no longer in our lane. The whole thing was just. . . impossible.”

While he brushed off the glitch as some sort of one-time seizure episode, Jerry noticed other strange things in the days that followed. The biggest difference occurred at his job.

“I used to get along great with everyone at the warehouse, especially my boss who was also a good friend,” Jerry said. “After that day on the highway, everyone was suddenly hostile. My boss became an alcoholic within a few weeks and turned into a giant asshole. We were constantly butting heads over things that he said happened in the past, but I swear did not happen. I quit a few months later.”

Jerry also noticed strangers were different, more impatient and impolite. “People seemed to deliberately move in front of me, blocking my path,” he said. “Something fundamental in my reality shifted.”

Navigating the world became much more difficult. Success had been easy before and was now out of reach. Finding a new job was much more difficult than it had been in the past despite having high demand skills. There were other changes in popular culture, some were subtle and other more overt and bizarre.

“I don’t talk about the shift because when I do, people get angry for no reason. I really think something happened with that accident and I am living in an alternate reality.”

Many people report disturbing experiences such as lifelong friends moving away without notice, family members behaving oddly, relationships deteriorating, and even physical changes in their own bodies, like new scars or disappearing moles.

Much of the change centers on shared memories of the past that do not match documented reality.

There are forums online where these individual share their experiences.

Quantum Immortality

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Quantum immortality started as a thought experiment in the late 1980s, and later was more fully developed by physicist and cosmologist Max Tegmark. It suggests we may die many times throughout our lives. With each passing, our consciousness moves, slides, jumps or shifts to the closest timeline, very similar to the one where we died.

It is a concept that was combined with other ideas and morphed into what Jerry and others suggest could have happened, among other potential explanations. These ideas and application of the concepts lie outside the realm of science, but have been embraced by many of those who believe they have experienced such a shift.

While science and skeptics may not agree, others are not so quick to dismiss the idea. There are reports of near death experiences which validate these beliefs.

Some additional details of my experience were that items had materialized within my belongings that I had not brought on the trip such as papers that were not mine, jewelry that I would best describe as having 'put itself together' such as an old pendant that I had lost was on a cord from material I didn’t pack. Items and souvenirs in a bag from a trip I had lost. Some items later appeared by themselves in the same bag that I reported to the towing company that I searched earlier that were no where to be found. Time seemed to be in 'sub-periods' of time in itself. Stephanie B

Proponents cling to the “many world’s interpretation” of other realities where versions of “you” reside. Every potential outcome of different choices exists in these realms.

Countless universes spin off each time you are presented with a choice. These are marker events where you made a different decision that resulted in big changes such as a marriage to someone different, becoming a mass murderer, or death— the variations are endless.

At least, in the beginning they are.

The wheel WAS reality, itself. It represented EVERY CONCEIVABLE POSSIBILITY for a life or for a world that could ever be envisioned or imagined. As it approached, I became aware that what we call our world was contained within it. It was simply one of the numberless slots or paddles in the 'water wheel.' It had always been so. My life, your life, our world, all of us - we were a part of this wheel structure and we had always been a part of this structure. It simply now made itself visible to me. Wilson FDE

Dimensional Jumping

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Most people do not realize that they have jumped until later, unless the event is particularly traumatic. Sometimes, they can trace the shift back to a specific global tragedy or experience such as Jerry’s accident.

Small differences are sometimes noted, the result of earlier choices or decisions which manifest in the new reality. A dress may now be green instead of blue, or a friend goes by their middle name.

Others suggest a slide occurs for the entire world with major events such as 9/11 being one such marker. There is a cyclical nature to most shifts repeating every three or 11 years with the next major slide due in 2026 and again in 2029. These result in shared memories of a different past.

Some have suggested these changes are signposts for determining which reality the user is experiencing, like a type of naming convention.

When We Die

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This dimensional jumping occurs every time we make a fatal mistake. We didn’t swerve, we didn’t get to the hospital in time, etc. With each death, that timeline ceases to exist for us. The potential reality collapses and is closed off to us and we move to the next closest.

The different timelines exist, but our consciousness moves along only one path. It is this act of “observing" that makes it “real.” Each person exists in their own universe with their particular choices and potential futures. These other timelines out there are not experienced just as I am not “real" to you now. Because I am not observed by you, I am not part of your reality.

I exist to you as a potential -- someone you know is out there, but that you do not directly experience. My words, however, do exist because you are reading them. The possibility exists for you to meet me.

Make the right choices and your consciousness will travel along a path where you observe me, therefore I will cease being merely a potential, and become part of your reality. I will exist and become real. Move to a reality where I die, and any potential reality where I existed is closed off to you.

Each time you experience your own death and slide to a new reality, the number of potential timelines are further reduced. Quantum death does not equal the collapse of only one reality, but every reality where you have run out of options for existence as a result of that choice. Each person who dies in your reality collapses all timelines where they existed from the point of their death forward.

Like branches on a tree, your consciousness moves along the limbs until you meet your quantum demise, then you switch to an alternate path. By the time you reach your ultimate and final death, you have run out of alternate realities that haven’t collapsed. You are old and dying of cancer, there is only one possible timeline left because no others exist where you are alive. You die.

How We Get to the End

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It is much like a vast map where we move from our starting point, our birth, to the end point, our final death. There are countless roads and byways to get us to our destination. Each choice moves us closer to that destination.

An example of this might be working in the World Trade Center during 9/11. Prior to the attack, there were numerous realities that may have been available such as going to work late, taking the elevator, entering from a different side, etc. Because of later events, all of these result in your death.

The only viable timelines are those where you took the day off, went in very late, were sick, your car broke down, etc. Because you died in all these other timelines, many potential realities closed off for you and your options were significantly limited. Any scenario where you were in that building is no longer open to you to experience. If you chose to be in the building that day, you experienced a quantum death. You slid to another timeline.

When there are no other realities to move to and you’ve exhausted all possible outcomes for you to live, then your consciousness experiences ultimate and final death.

So what happens when you shift to a timeline where you remember someone famous died in the past but in the new reality they are now alive -- like David Soul?

The Glitches are the Hint

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Neo: Whoa, déjà vu.
Trinity: What did you just say?
Neo: Nothing, I just had a little déjà vu.
Trinity: What did you see?
Cypher: What happened?
Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
Trinity: How much like it, was it the same cat?
Neo: Might have been, I’m not sure.
Morpheus: Switch, Apoc.
Neo: What is it?
Trinity: Déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.

Initially, switching timelines is usually seamless because there are so many more possible realities that are almost identical to the one you’re experiencing. You have a statistically low probability of encountering what makes the timeline different. But with each death and the collapse of more potential timelines, the odds improve that the changes are noticeable because the leap is greater.

People point to these glitches as evidence of the shift. Sometimes the changes are personal and known only to those having a direct experience, other times they are shared.

These shared experiences are known as the “Mandela Effect”, they are named after the first such mass incidence of what others categorize as a type of “false memory.” People remember the South African leader dying in prison sometime around 1991. This, of course, never happened.

This led to people sharing other events they remember as changing. While scientists claim this is merely people remembering events incorrectly, it raises the question why do so many people have the same wrong memories? Why do more people remember something wrong rather than the correct way? Why do people remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison and not something more probable such as an assassination?

A recent experiment provides evidence that individuals can share different yet equally valid realities, and there may be no objective true experience for everyone. It is worth noting that this experiment was based on Eugene Wigner’s “Friend Test” which also started as a thought experiment, similar to Tegmark’s Quantum Immortality. Science has since verified it in the laboratory. So there is hope that quantum immortality may be tested.

The Quantum Immortality Test

  1. George Burns Show. “Say goodnight, Gracie.” Gracie responds: “Goodnight” or “Goodnight, Gracie”? If you chose “Goodnight, Gracie”, you’re in good company. More than 94% of people surveyed chose this answer, which is incorrect. This leads us to ask why do so many people remember something wrong? Why not “Goodnight, George” which makes more sense?
  2. Romeo and Juliet. “What light through yonder window breaks?” Where is Juliet standing? If you said a balcony, you and the other 88% of respondents may be experiencing an alternate reality.

3. Is it “Etch-A-Sketch” or “Etch A Sketch”? If you remember the name having hyphens, you would be mistaken, along with more than 88% of people taking the test. Which leads us to question why hyphens? Why not an “Etcha Sketch” or “Etcher Sketcher”?

4. Lincoln Memorial. Where are Lincoln’s hands? If you said resting over the arms of the chair, you may be living in another reality with more than 86% of the population. One hand is clenched in a fist.

5. Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. Who’s hand is higher, God’s or Adam’s? If you said God, you’re in good company. More than 86% of respondents chose this incorrect answer, too.

Many of these Mandela Effects trigger people into researching more about other false memories. It can be quite the deep rabbit hole. While science grapples to define reality, many people like Jerry aren’t waiting for answers. To them, timelines can change or even be manipulated.


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