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  • Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
    (Julius Robert Oppenheimer, 1945)

    What if, subatomic particles were planets and atoms and molecules formed solar systems, and elements as galaxies?

    What if, in the midst of a nuclear explosion, we are creating new universes, where life may form on one of those atomic planets in the midst of their Big Bang?

    What if, evolution eventually created thinking, reasoning beings on these microscopic worlds?

    And what if these beings were to develop telescopes and look out at the myriad of star clusters, and galaxies.

    How would time pass for these beings? In our world, the blast of an atomic explosion is very short lived, but how long would the newly created universe last for someone at that miniscule level, would it feel like hours, weeks, decades, millennia, light years?

    And looking out from their home worlds, what would they see? The wavelengths of light that we can see would be far too large for their impossibly small eyes to register. Would they be looking out into a black void, an ever expanding, infinite universe? Would they see to the edge of the mushroom cloud that we would see? Could they look back to their own Big Bang?

    Is this a journey we are also on? Are we the by-product of a scientific experiment on a world larger than we can see? Are we just one Russian doll within many dolls? Layers upon layers or ripples in an endless ocean.

    Perhaps Oppenheimer wasn’t just a destroyer of worlds, maybe he was also a creator of worlds.

    Is this the true nature of our infinite, fractal universe?
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