Have you ever heard people say that we’re living in a simulation? It always sounds a bit ridiculous, but some research done by Melvin Vopson, a physicist from the University of Portsmouth, may point to this being true. So what exactly did he find?
The Universe May Be a Simulation
In former research, the professor suggested that information and elementary particles have mass as human DNA does, and he also found “the second law of information dynamics,” a new law of physics that explains how information behaves. There are indications that Vopson’s new law could be used to predict genetic mutations and their outcomes. The professor thought entropy in information systems could increase over time, much like it does in isolated systems according to the second law of thermodynamics. To his surprise, his research showed that it either stays the same or decreases.
Professor Vopson called his discovery the second law of information dynamics, or infodynamics. He believes it could impact evolution theory and genetics research because they deal with information systems. In his words, his studies show that there is an interesting possibility that people and the entire universe may be a very advanced virtual reality simulation. His research could also give an explanation for the abundance of symmetry in the universe.
Professor Vopson’s Law of Infodynamics
Symmetry principles are important when it comes to the laws of nature, and according to Professor Vopson, there wasn’t enough explanation on why that is. According to him, his findings show that high symmetry is consistent with the lowest information entropy state. This means that it explains nature’s preference toward symmetry.
Professor Vopson also shared another fascinating concept. He explained how the process of eliminating surplus information is analogous to a computer’s removal or compression of unnecessary code. Computers do that to conserve storage capacity and enhance computational power, and this analogy supports the idea that existence may be part of a simulation.
The Professor’s Disclaimers
Despite all his findings, Professor Vopson also acknowledged that there is a great need for more testing to give credence to his hypothesis.
He has already proposed an experiment to potentially confirm the existence of the fifth state of matter in the universe. It will use particle-antiparticle collisions to possibly improve scientists’ understanding of physics.
Many companies offer separate sleeping bags for men and women, but some brands are considering eliminating gendered options in favor of gender-neutral designs that can accommodate all types of backpackers. Big-name companies are now evaluating whether gendered sleeping bags and binary labels are necessary.
Gender-Neutral Sleeping Bags
Some brands are already transitioning to gender-neutral lines, which may ultimately lead to the end of women’s-specific sleeping bag design. The Sierra Designs 20-degree Calamity Jane sleeping bag was designed specifically for women and released in 1995. It was a hit, with narrow shoulders and broader hips, extra padding in the core and foot box, and options for 5’5″ and 5’10” lengths. Its success was seen as a sign of greater inclusion for women in the traditionally male-dominated outdoor industry.
The success of the Calamity Jane sleeping bag inspired a wave of similar products designed specifically for women. These bags featured shorter lengths, wider hips, and extra insulation. In 2005, the European Norm (EN) established ratings for sleeping bags based on independent testing, which confirmed that women, on average, sleep colder than men (although the specific science is still unclear). These ratings allowed manufacturers to advertise comfort ranges for their gendered sleeping bags.
The Future of Sleeping Bags Is Uncertain
REI adopted the EN system, and by 2010, required all brands selling mummy-style bags to disclose their EN ratings. This led to a focus on designing separate, gendered bags rather than one unisex option.
The future of women’s sleeping bags is uncertain as some companies are reevaluating the need for gendered products. For example, The North Face’s spring 2023 line will include women’s bags, but it may be the brand’s last year producing them. NEMO is another sleeping bag manufacturer that is considering the concept of women’s-specific bags. This shift reflects a broader trend towards less binary thinking in language, fashion, and other products.
The Gendered Sleeping Bag Is Becoming Unpopular
There is currently a debate among brands and retailers about the value of gendered sleeping bags and whether gender-neutral options might be a better option for campers. The shift towards gender-neutral sleeping bags is being driven in part by REI, which is encouraging brands to offer options that do not require shoppers to identify as male or female. This approach aims to provide campers with a comfortable bag regardless of their gender. Still, REI expects to keep selling women’s-specific bags for as long as there is an ongoing demand for them.
NEMO is considering the future of gendered sleeping bags but wants to find a fair and clear way to represent temperature ratings for all options before making a decision. The company is committed to offering the best shopping experience by clearly communicating temperature ratings for all of its sleeping bags.