I have no idea what is going on in this video. I don't even understand Schrodinger's Cat. All I can say is it's trippy as hell when you get smushed between two Portal portals.
I seriously need Neil deGrasse Tyson to explain this on even a theoretical level, because what has taken place in CrowbCat's experiment defies my imaginative powers of conception. The YouTuber, by my understanding, is transiting between two points that have no distance between them. I feel a Doors organ synthesizer solo coming on.
CrowbCat notes that in Portal 2, one can project portals onto moving surfaces. The trick was replicated in this experiment by a console command, creating this ... netherworld that the PC struggles to render — but damn does it make an honest effort! It all comes out looking like the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey, sans orbital fetus.
The YouTube comments on this motherfucker are hea-vy.
"of course you'd die, that's pretty obvious. question is "where" would you be when you die,since theoretically there is no space between portals. answer is pretty fucked up as we see." says rakanishumai.
"Throw a rock into a lake. A wave around the rock will appear. Now throw a second rock. It also causes a wave, which will collide with the other wave. If you have 2 waves, that are exactly the same, colliding, there will be a point where both waves will "dissapear" for a very very short time. " says Foxy the Fox Network Fox.
"I don't think it would be your body necessarily thats squishing you, it would be the immense amount of pressure building up on all sides of you exponentially. The heat alone would destroy your body. I imagine it would be similar to warping yourself past the event horizon of a black hole. " says starstuffb5.
That whole thing where Chell grows the centipede tail at 2:11? No way, my dude. That is a bad roll. I am not touching this shit again.
Now I am going to go get a bag of Funyuns and a King-Size Almond Joy.
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