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multiverse

(mul -ti-verss) A speculative concept that the Universe we inhabit is not unique but is merely one of a very large number of Universes, which can have completely different physical laws and possibly even a different number of space–time dimensions. The multiverse concept emerged in the last few years of the 20th century due to the combination of the observation that ‘fine tuning’ of the basic physical laws is necessary for life to exist in the Universe and the realization that the collapse of stars to black holes and the emergence of ‘baby Universes' sprouting into existence in inflation theory may allow other Universes to come into existence. There is no experimental or observational support for the multiverse concept.
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The concept of multiple universes (not just parallel universes) is not incompatible with Eastern mystical beliefs.
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