One of the plot devices used in Rick and Morty is the concept of an infinite number of alternate (i.e. parallel) universes. The characters in the show seem to use some sort of multi-universal indexing system to assign codes to these alternate universes.

Can such a system exist? Wouldn't it would have to be relative to one's own universe, thus making it incapable for this system to be universe-agnostic? Is this actually possible, or just one of the lovable absurdities of the show?

  • I don't wanna VTC because this is a Rick and Morty question and I love Rick and Morty. But it's miles and miles off-topic I'm afraid. – Daft Jan 28 '16 at 10:22
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    @Daft: How is this off topic? – Vatsal Manot Jan 28 '16 at 10:26
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    SF question from an SF series, not seemingly opinion based, I'm scratching my head on how this is off-topic. On the off chance that there is a language misunderstanding- agnostic here is used as a technical term rather than a religious one. It means that something is not made to be preferentially oriented in any particular direction. So a pair of hand agnostic scissors would be usable by either hand. – Broklynite Jan 28 '16 at 12:16
  • as long as OP is willing to accept what might end up being an absurd or unrealistic answer from in-universe, this is on-topic. – KutuluMike Jan 28 '16 at 12:45
  • My impression was the question was asking for an in-universe explanation, rather than a real life science explanation. I could be wrong. – Broklynite Jan 28 '16 at 17:16

To form the Counsel of Ricks,

A few thousand versions of me had the ingenious idea of banding together, like a herd of cattle or a school of fish, er, those people who answer questions on Yahoo Answers...

They're probably the ones who assign the codes to those alternate universes but remember, not all of those universes have a Rick, just most:

Most timelines have a Rick and most Ricks have a Morty.

This reminds us that nothing is an absolute in R&M land. Can such a system exist? Surely, but rest assured that in at least one universe, the answer's no... I mean yes. Wait...

source: S01E10 Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind

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    those people who answer questions on Yahoo Answers...or some other site where people answer sci-fi questions? – CBredlow Jan 28 '16 at 19:11
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    What finite subset of an infinite set can qualify as a majority of that set? I'm pretty sure your quote indicates that there are infinite Ricks. – Ryan Veeder Jan 28 '16 at 20:04
  • @RyanVeeder - Infinity is not a word that should be used lightly. It can only be said that as you approach infinity, most universes have Ricks. – Mazura Jan 28 '16 at 20:33
  • Each universe has to have objective "co-ordinates" within the multiverse; otherwise the characters couldn't travel back to their home universe, and couldn't reliably re-visit places...and as far as indexing, there are plenty of systems used in our world to catalog an ever-expanding set of information. As far as who actually sets the conventions for naming, I assumed that is the council of Ricks...so...by the logic of the show, it seems possible? – VapedCrusader Feb 27 '16 at 23:43
  • @anaranjada - I've tried to address your concerns in an edit. I think all I ended up doing was cronenberging myself into a corner. – Mazura May 6 '16 at 20:09

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