It is not the case that either the universes, or we the observers, split.
Splitting is s process; processes require time; time IS the splitting of
universes; at least it is a part of that process. In precisely the same way
as a universe 'splits' from one set 'before' I make an observation to two
sets, in half of which I see spin up, the universe 'splits' from one set in
which my watch says 11.37.45.....1 am to another set in which it says
11.37.45.....2 am. Time is just an example of this 'splitting'. I prefer to
use the word 'relationship' to the word 'split' which is even more
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> Subject: Re: consciousness based on information or computation?
> In a message dated 99-01-29 12:43:50 EST, Hal write:
> << Some versions of the many-worlds model consider the universe to be
> branching at each point into multiple universes. This is harder to
> capture in a static picture. You can do it but it doesn't seem as
> natural. However another way to view this model is to have, instead
> of a single universe which branches into many, many initially identical
> universes which then differentiate themselves. These are equivalent ways
> of looking at the same phenomenon. With the differentiating-universes
> model we again have a simple flow of time within each universe and a very
> simple representation of processes in that universe as static structures.
> Hal describes the popular version of the MWI according to which the whole
> universe branching for every quantum event taking place. Needless to say,
> interpretation invokes a highly nonlocal process.
> My views of MWI (and I am probably not the first one to think that way) is
> that locality can be restored by assuming that the universe is already
> in a very large number of dimensions and it is WE, the observers, who
> split as
> the wave function propagates through this superspace. Each point of the
> function provides a three dimensional "perspective" of this superspace
> because the (everyday) laws of physics are restricted to operate in 3D. I
> curious to know what the common view of the MWI is: 1) either the whole
> universe splitting for every quantum event, 2) or the wave function
> propagating (and splitting) in a very large dimensional superuniverse.
> George Levy