January 31, 2008 @ 8:50 pm
Sitting at my desk, trying to solve some of the most crucial problems in the internet space (really), a colleague walks up to me.
“Should we change the homepage of this site? I think we should add a new section here”, he says pointing at a section of my product’s webpage.
Suddenly, this seems very familiar to me. As though I had lived this moment before. A deja-vu, as many nowadays would term it. A deja-vu it indeed was. I have been in similar situations before and I am sure I am not the only one who has had this rather strange experience.
This time, however, I was determined to make some sense out of it. Every time I uttered a reply, I quickly predicted (in my mind) what the response would be and surprisingly, the response came out as per my predicition – right up to the last word.
Now, I quickly decided to do another thing – I shall predict the next moment in this deja-vu warp, and instead of saying the thing that I am supposed to, I would say something drastically opposite. That is, I wanted to make a conscious effort to force a change of events, different from what I knew was coming. I did so, the responses suddenly changed, the wall of familiarity was gone and we were back in unknown territories of time (speaking on a macro level).
What then intrigued me is this – Did I, by consciously changing the line of thought and making it different from what the deja-vu was supposed to go towards, alter history? Or did I alter my future by that small exercise?
All this might sound like a crackpot idea and I am inclined to believing in the crackpotness of it all. But somewhere, when I felt a similar pattern being revisited, I realized that there is probably a lot more out there which is not seen by the eye, or felt by the mind.
On a related note, I came across this article by Sean Carroll (of Preposterous Universe). It is very well written and goes on to describe the concept of “memory” with regards to the changing entropy of the universe.
Another related article is this one on Boltzmann’s Universe.
Ladies and gentlemen, a very good morning to you all. Enjoy.