Maybe I’m not even here.

Lovely interlude during the week.

I came across this a few weeks ago and made a mental note to share it with you before too long.

Here’s what I saw:

Here are the details:

A film by Shixie (Xiangjun Shi)

Graduation Project at Rhode Island School of Design 2013
A Science Communication Project at Brown University Department of Physics
NYC ACM SIGGRAPH MetroCAF 2013 Jury Award
Vimeo Staff Pick – October 27th 2013
10th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival

It is rather cute; and clever!

13 thoughts on “Maybe I’m not even here.

  1. Very nice! I suspect that Shixie has a great future as a teacher 🙂

    On right-handedness: I was reading ‘The Universe Next Door’ by Marcus Chown recently. Chown suggests that because we see right-handedness ‘everywhere’, this may imply the existence of a mirror reality (in which left-handedness is ‘everywhere’). Our grasp of physics may be forever limited by a flawed perception. Fascinating stuff!


  2. What wonderful comments from the two of you! It’s very difficult for me to make a further comment. For the reason that if the multiverse theory is proved to be correct, and what do I mean by ‘proved’, it still would be beyond my imagination, and presumably countless others. (I feel a headache coming on!)


    1. I feel your pain and raise you a migraine… because if parallel universes really do exist, then logically there will be universes in which the proof of their existence never arises — and we could be forever in one of those. But take heart: there will be an infinity of universes in which you will have had no difficulty in making a further comment. Also, there will be still other universes in which I didn’t leave this comment — I do hope you don’t wish you were in one of those 🙂


      1. And in the theme of these comments, I have just read this: How galaxies evolve in the cosmic web

        Astronomers believe the earliest universe was nearly uniform as it expanded outward from the Big Bang. By a few billion years after the Big Bang, areas of slightly higher density had evolved to become galaxy clusters and groups, with sparsely populated regions devoid of galaxies in between. The universe as a whole evolved to have a honeycomb-like structure, which astronomers call the cosmic web. The walls of the web are made up of galaxy clusters. Between them are sparsely populated regions devoid of galaxies. There are also thread-like filaments that link the galaxy-rich parts of the web. New work by an international team of researchers – led by astronomers at UC Riverside – suggests that the filaments in the cosmic web played an important role in the universe’s evolution. The Astrophysical Journal published their work on November 20, 2014.

        The article included this picture:

        Artist’s illustration of the “cosmic web.” The web walls are galaxies in clusters. Filaments are woven throughout, like threads. Mpc/h is a unit of distance, with 1 Mpc/h more than 3.2 million light-years. Image via Volker Springel, Virgo Consortium.


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