Welcome aboard the starship Earth Ms. Granni!granni said:a fine greeting to all of you wonderful thinkers.....
alternate realities. yep. sure gets the imagination going, doesn't it?
time, gravity, and expansion and contraction of what we perceive to be 'our' universe.
re the deja vu experiences: i've wondered if a factor could be gravitational fluxuation. it's been theorized that time can be affected by gravity. therefore, would gravity fluxuation not impact time? time, in that small geographical location. right where you were. specifically.
add to that, that our minds only percieve existing in the 'now'. a moment before is past, a moment to come is future. so, we assume.
we've (not all) experienced those moments when everything seems to be a thing that's happened before. we know in that instant what is going to happen next, what is going to be said by so and so next. and as we're experiencing it... we're also observing it. noting. questioning. and, then it's suddenly 'gone'.... and everything is as it usually is. and, ocassionally we even ask another present if they were aware of what just happened.
therefore, did that time-slip cause a leak over from another reality? or did we just meet ourselves (and everything involved) coming... and... going?
AND... that it happened only right there where you were. It did not occur to others a few feet away.
Is it that some are more able to perceive it, and not others?
Although it's happened to enough that it's commonly understood the moment you say the words, deja vu. still, you'll hear, "it's never happened to me."
alternate realities: i think that gets back to that thing we refer to as time. i also think that we don't understand it in the least. as with most that we're discovering, we're only at the beginning.... which LMBO.. of course infers the usuage of the term... time.
that it is caused/exists by multiple dimensions is comfortably feasible.
way back a long long time ago, i'd read an article in Scientific American that refered to human awareness. i'm going to err in the usuage of the numbers.... but you'll get my drift.... and, perhaps have access to the correct figures:
mankind's awareness is: .153 - .143 of a second.
although my numbers are not exact (can't remember it well enough to quote), that says that anything faster than .143 we see as stationary and everything slower than .153, we're not even aware of.
that leaves a lot of room for the existance of other forms, totally oblivious to us. and, in our own dimension. so, it'd seem we'd not have to go far at all to just recognize that our reality is based totally on our perception.
i see it as more of a 'multiple realities', along with the probability of alternate realities. particularly when we also think in terms of the numerous dimensions theoretically found.
now, add to that...... for every matter there is anti-matter. it doesn't matter (no pun intended) whether we're + or - matter. what ever we are, there is an opposite.
so, what all of this means is that life as we know it is far more than we know it. and that's not only intriguing.... it's downright exciting.
i'd read Richard Bach's "Illusions". and, loved it. i got up out of that comfy chair, looked at that solid wall, knowing there are spaces in our togetherness.... and thought, "nahhh, it ain't gonna happen". much as i understood what he'd said.... there was no way i could pass thru that wall.
well, at least not as firmly indoctrinated as We are in the laws of 3rd dimensional existance. yet, i understood the possibilities. so i did dishes instead. watch the phillanges get 'dish-pan-hands'... and thought, "shucks, it's jes an illusion."
Your point about gravitation affecting time is right on the money. Time and space are directly affected by gravity according to Einsteinian law. Only gravity does not pull us, it pushes us (think about a vacuum cleaner...it does not draw in atmosphere, it pushes atmosphere out of a confined space, but the hole at the other end allows the atmosphere to rush back in in order to attempt to balance out - very weird). In any event, gravity also affects energy, as well as mass.
Let us suppose there is a singularity the size of a quark (which is part of an electron that orbits an hydrogen atom - the simplest form of matter known).
Now lets suppose the singularity is in the middle of a room just beneath the floor, with you on one side of the room and your family on the other side.
You walk across the floor to be with your family and cross over the area where the singularity is (providing there was a floor to begin with). As you cross over the singularity, your family would see you frozen in time, just like a statue. To them you would be frozen that way for ever. In fact, 1,000,000 plus generations of your family would still see you frozen in time. And if you looked back from whence you came, you would see yourself walking towards you, and yourself as younger, and your mom and dad as babies, and so on...
But to you...it was only the distance and moment of one step, and in that instant of one step you would see 1,000,000 plus generations come and go at the other side of the room (in a hurricane of a blur I might add). When you did finish your step (if you could), and moved away from the direct influence of the singularity, you would find that BILLIONS of years had gone by, and you would be the universe's oldest granni (from their point of view, not yours). Also, from your point of view, countless planets, Stars, Galaxies and multiverses (if there is such a thing), would have been formed, matured, and died.
Kind of easier to understand why scripture insists that God's time is not our time...don't you think?
From a purely scientific point of view, you were both in time and out of time (omnipresent)
Enough linear thought, now let's consider parrallel thinking.
You described a phase differential in our perception of time .0010 of a second I think. How many subsets of time increments can you break that .0010 of a second down into? An infinite amount. Which some argue is cause for considering that there are in infinit number of realities, each out of sync in time with the others, which allows for all these universes to exist in the same space. That is possible because each existance is in a different time (no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time). And the farther away from eachother in time the realities are, the more diverse the realities become, to the point of non recognition and beyond. Talk about one hell of a crap shoot (I got a double infinity). ;-)
Now if a person were sensitive to time variations, they might see duendes of their own reality, that are similar to their own, but not exact. They might see things from before, or after their own timeline, but it would not be from their own timeline. They might experience things from one time line that never occurred in their own. They might even be able to slip from their own timeline to another, and back again (the shoes were at the end of the bed, I swear! Now they're gone!...now they're back?...)
Our dreams might be influenced by this phenomenon. We have lucid dreams where we married this one, or did not marry, or got this job, or took this vactation (when we know we didn't), yet it seemed so real...to the point of heart break and tears in our waking moments...then it fades quickly from our consiousness.
Finally, take all the above and mirror it (an anti multiverse). There is your double infinity.
Now consider the God that created this...
What a game we have, called life!