parallel universe

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parallel universe

n.
1. A universe, especially one of an infinite set of identical universes, hypothesized in some interpretations of quantum mechanics to exist along with our own universe, obeying the same physical laws, but each in a different quantum mechanical state with no possibility for the transfer of information between universes.
2. A universe hypothesized in some cosmological models to exist along with our own universe, possibly obeying different physical laws and having the potential for the transfer of information between universes.
3. A universe in a work of fiction that exists alongside another universe in the same work or series of works, with each universe often having the same characters living in different circumstances.
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Finding solace in his dad's old comics, David begins to form an alternative reality in his mind, a reality in which he has superpowers just like his heroes.
So it's apt that the arch rotter is the central character in a bizarre Christmas Day double episode, inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas He's bemused to wake to a strange alternative reality.
Robert wakes on Christmas morning to an alternative reality.
Borujerdi has a lifetime habit of coming up with explanations of alternative reality.
We believe that we're an alternate universe 6 we're the alternative reality president, as opposed to the reality television president.
has taken only 100 days to see through Trump's "alternative reality" (though perhaps not through Trump himself), almost nobody in Britain is even questioning the alternative reality of Brexit, despite the unexpected opportunity afforded by the June 8 election to avoid a self-destructive rupture from Europe.
While the US has taken only 100 days to see through Trump's "alternative reality" (though perhaps not through Trump himself), almost nobody in Britain is even questioning the alternative reality of Brexit, despite the unexpected opportunity afforded by the June 8 election to avoid a self-destructive rupture from Europe.
But Republican lawmakers have accommodated themselves to Trump's alternative reality.
Duterte's supporters on social media (as well as some who are likely affiliated with defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos) have proceeded to try to create an alternative reality, even generating obviously fake news ('the best president in the solar system,' according to 'NASA') which nevertheless manages to be shared widely.
From fake archaeological discoveries to Orson Welles's prank Martian landing, Eaton argues that "there is something artistic about a fine hoax; like a good novel or a conjuror's trick, it creates an alternative reality.

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