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Is there an Intelligent Design to the Multiverse??

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Is there an Intelligent Design to the Multiverse??
Post by BlakeAntonio   » Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:55 am

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I find it odd that both Arcana and Sharona seem to only have a single portal each, whereas just about every other connected universe seems to have two or more.

How did the multiverse 'know' that these two inhabited 'verses only needed one portal, and that they were to be the 'starting point' for civilized exploration?

And how is it that the portals, with 13.8 BILLION years to pick from to come into existence, seemed to wait until the last few hundred years to trigger the start of what is clearly an ongoing process?

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Re: Is there an Intelligent Design to the Multiverse??
Post by Robert_A_Woodward   » Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:19 am

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BlakeAntonio wrote:I find it odd that both Arcana and Sharona seem to only have a single portal each, whereas just about every other connected universe seems to have two or more.

How did the multiverse 'know' that these two inhabited 'verses only needed one portal, and that they were to be the 'starting point' for civilized exploration?

And how is it that the portals, with 13.8 BILLION years to pick from to come into existence, seemed to wait until the last few hundred years to trigger the start of what is clearly an ongoing process?

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The only universes we have seen (with one exception) are on being used in the conflict; they have to have at least 2 portals to be used. The universe used as a hideout could be a dead-end after all.
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Re: Is there an Intelligent Design to the Multiverse??
Post by BlakeAntonio   » Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:57 am

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I find it odd that both Arcana and Sharona seem to only have a single portal each, whereas just about every other connected universe seems to have two or more. How did the multiverse 'know' that these two inhabited 'verses only needed one portal, and that they were to be the 'starting point' for civ...

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Re: Is there an Intelligent Design to the Multiverse??
Post by Castenea   » Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:45 pm

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What I find interesting that the portals seem to have opened on both home worlds at relatively similar timeframes.
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Re: Is there an Intelligent Design to the Multiverse??
Post by Joat42   » Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:50 am

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I seem to remember that there are "dead-end" chains mentioned in the books. Am I wrong?

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Re: Is there an Intelligent Design to the Multiverse??
Post by Louis R   » Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:07 am

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Was going to say the same thing. Just checked the maps, and none are shown there, but I'm pretty sure they're mentioned on the Sharonan side at least.

I'm also fairly sure that there's a comment from Himself to the effect that what's going on with the gates is indeed _not_ random.

Joat42 wrote:I seem to remember that there are "dead-end" chains mentioned in the books. Am I wrong?
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Re: Is there an Intelligent Design to the Multiverse??
Post by Joat42   » Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:13 pm

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Louis R wrote:I'm also fairly sure that there's a comment from Himself to the effect that what's going on with the gates is indeed _not_ random.

Well, not random doesn't imply ID - it can just mean that the gate-progression is determined by some dimensional interplay based on the physics of each world. It can even be based on the golden section/angle which re-occurs everywhere in nature.

Of course, from our perspective as readers the Multiverse is definitely created by ID, aka rfc ;).

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