The Quantum Beings

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The Quantum Beings

Zachary arrived very early one morning at his NASA office. When he stepped up to his desk he noticed a golden record on it like the golden record sent on the Voyager spacecraft several decades ago. Looking closer he saw the name Regayov on it and immediately knew it was Voyager spelled backwards. Thinking it was a joke being played on him, he decided to play the record backwards on the record player the Voyager team had built to play the original record here on earth. When he listened to the life-giving voice coming from phonograph he couldn’t believe what he heard:

“I am an ancient quantum being belonging to a race that is of extreme cosmic age. We have teleported this record to you through a wormhole to help your civilization along. We know that we are not the ultimate beings, as for example, we did not create your universe. In the hopes of increasing the success of life everywhere, we have chosen to send you some ideas on acute subjects on a medium known to your species;

About ourselves:

1) As a species we have experienced extremely beneficial successes in all of our decisions and the evolutionary events affecting our development. We have thus evolved further than any species we have discovered and over a longer time as well. Your society can achieve greater evolutionary success if you collaboratively work toward peace and progress. This idea alone could result in extraordinary and accelerated evolution for all members of your planet and is not just rhetoric, but a key issue to evade extinction or at least the devolution of your civilization.

2) We exist as energy fields and experience senses that are a superset of yours and that increase as we evolve, providing greater enlightenment in all our experiences. We have circumvented death and we grow with the universes around us always accelerating towards greater states of being. We draw energy from the quantum foam and live in inter-universal space.

3) We communicate amongst ourselves via entanglement and share our ideas with all of our members directly from mind(s) to mind(s).

4) We do not allow natural selection or survival of the fittest to rule our society. These forces if left unchecked would result in a single being left as the fittest, with all others being eliminated through extinction. We therefore allow all our citizens to live and use our resources to help everyone of us.

About the multiverse:

1) All universes always existed as they were created during the infinite past and are merely repeated over and over for all time. This includes infinitely old universes with infinitely old societies.

2) Each universe is unique however as it exists singularly in a given space and at a given time.

3) There are infinite combinations of universes, including doppelgangers, in sequences like the sequence of digits in an irrational number.

4) If an environment has two possible states and an organism can choose between those states then free will exists.

About your civilization;

1) Teleportation is possible without destroying the original, though you are not capable of achieving that for quite a long time. However, technology you are approaching, in which destruction of the original occurs, is not a problem if the teleportation is used to remove a tumor or disease from a body. In fact the destruction of the original is the desired effect. Also, it can be used in reverse to transplant organs into the body, especially when destruction of the bioengineered original is not a problem.

2) GMOs have to be studied carefully. Consider the fact that the difference between a healthy mushroom and a poisonous mushroom is a genetically modified organism. Also, new medications often have side effects, some fatal, as can happen with GMOs as well. New allergic reactions and new disease could also come about from some untested GMO variant.

3) Probability predicts that an ultimate being does exist, as there are infinitely old universes and multiverses, and therefore there probably is at least one being that has always existed and that has evolved perfectly.

4) Also, consider that skeptics in your society believe that to discover a natural mechanism for how a universe is created means that you don’t need a creator to initiate it. This could also mean that the creator designed the cosmos to always be a source of untouched creation with the discretion to intervene at will. Both conjectures are of equal weight, measure and evidence. The fact that one doesn’t understand something doesn’t disprove it, as at least some members of your kind have said that they don’t understand quantum theory and yet many of those researchers believe in it. To drive the point home, at the risk of setting off a disharmony, two controversial ideas should be discussed in your civilization’s research. First, the creator could have teleported a part of himself to Earth as his offspring. And second, the quantum property of existing at more than one place at the same time could explain one implementation of the creator’s omnipresence.

We can easily predict the dismissals of and controversy that these ideas may generate in your society and expect an arduous debate.

Keep in mind that as you discover new life forms and develop your understanding of the quantum nature of the cosmos, you don’t overlook the ‘miracle’ that can be seen in creative ideas, or in the imagination that can envision a new universe, multiverse or even the ultimate creator of all.

We will continue to observe your society and may contact them in the future, if your kind continues to exist, as your free will was also made possible by the uncertainty of a quantum realm, creator granted or not.

Finally, remember to always work towards the good, because if you’re not a good being, what good are you.”

Zachary sat there stunned. When he recovered, he couldn’t wait to show this recording to his colleagues and his struggling quantum civilization

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Quantum Theories

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V is for ... Virtual particles

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O is for ... Objective reality

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A is for ... Atom

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U is for ... Uncertainty Principle

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R is for ... Radioactivity

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D is for ... Decoherence

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S is for ... Schrödinger Equation

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R is for ... Randomness

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E is for ... Entanglement

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D is for ... Dice

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F is for ... Free Will

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M is for ... Many Worlds Theory

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H is for ... Hawking Radiation

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U is for ... Universe

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W is for ... Wavefunction

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C is for ... Computing

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A is for ... Alice and Bob

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I is for ... Interferometer

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Q is for ... Quantum biology

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L is for ... Light

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G is for ... Gravity

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P is for ... Planck's Constant

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Z is for ... Zero-point energy

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T is for ... Teleportation

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Q is for ... Qubit

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N is for ... Nonlocality

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K is for ... Kaon

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R is for ... Reality

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I is for ... Information

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X is for ... X-ray

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M is for ... Multiverse

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P is for ... Probability

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