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(Newsweek)   One tiny atom in my fingernail could be one little tiny universe. Could l buy some pot from you?   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 19
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2012-05-23 10:12:02 AM  
Why is that so hard to believe? Earth is flat, flight is impossible and people can't be cured of any illness unless it's witchcraft carried out by people who weigh the same as waterfowl

Newt
 
2012-05-23 10:38:40 AM  
I'm not saying it's nailiens, but it's nailiens.
 
2012-05-23 10:42:46 AM  

colinspooky: Why is that so hard to believe? Earth is flat, flight is impossible and people can't be cured of any illness unless it's witchcraft carried out by people who weigh the same as waterfowl

Newt


I got better.
 
2012-05-23 10:47:26 AM  
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2012-05-23 10:48:18 AM  
Forget the multiverse, I'm still looking for proof of the underverse!
 
2012-05-23 10:48:52 AM  
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2012-05-23 10:58:20 AM  
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2012-05-23 11:01:21 AM  

Jackpot777: [cheapandsleazy.net image 350x222]


I once pondered writing a fanfic story about a few Sovereign class ships equipped with Species 8472 weapons sneaking into that Universe/reality and trying to even the odds a bit.

Yes, I'm an epically huge nerd.

That being said, if you're into alternate universe type stuff, this is actually a great read, specifically the last section on the Alternate Worlds campaign:

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2012-05-23 11:20:23 AM  
This guy's book The Elegant Universe is a pretty good introduction for laypeople like me into string theory and how it may be involved in stuff like this. Really an interesting read.
 
2012-05-23 11:31:19 AM  
I never got why people think there is just one universe. Really, all the matter that exists anywhere is in our universe and all the rest of that infinite space is just completely empty? That's silly.
 
2012-05-23 11:41:56 AM  
It's a piece of shiat.
 
2012-05-23 11:53:46 AM  

Starhawk: This guy's book The Elegant Universe is a pretty good introduction for laypeople like me into relativity and quantum mechanics string theory and how it may be involved in stuff like this. Really an interesting read.


Fixed for emphasis. His qualitative descriptions of relativity are especially excellent, but I would be careful of placing too much stock in string theory. It sounds really good in theory, but still lacks any sort of experimental evidence, and as I found out when signing up for an advisor, physics departments will generally roll their eyes if you declare it as your focus of interest.

As for the article, it sounds like just another restatement of the anthropic principle: the universe is the way it is because if it were any other way we would not be here asking the question to begin with. I can see why Greene would be behind it; like string theory it looks and sounds very good on paper, but we currently lack any means of verifying it experimentally.
 
2012-05-23 11:57:23 AM  
Walter would tell you that LSD is better for contemplation of this topic.
 
2012-05-23 11:57:30 AM  

Hand Banana: I never got why people think there is just one universe. Really, all the matter that exists anywhere is in our universe and all the rest of that infinite space is just completely empty? That's silly.


Well when you consider that our universe itself is thought to be essentially infinite in extent (as in, there's no reaching the edge, gazing across the void and waving to the cowboy universe), it gets a bit more difficult to envision. Nested infinities are a well studied concept, but they are not something a normal person tends to think about much.
 
2012-05-23 11:59:44 AM  
The hypothesis I always like is that if you accept that the universe is truly infinite, then there must be an infinite number of us having the exact same conversation throughout space and time.

/no wonder I feel so tired
 
2012-05-23 12:05:24 PM  
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2012-05-23 12:06:14 PM  
verybody lives on a street in a city Or a village or a town for what it's worth. And they're all inside a country which is part of a continent That sits upon a planet known as Earth. And the Earth is a ball full of oceans and some mountains, Which is out there spinning silently in space. And living on that Earth are the plants and the animals And also the entire human race. It's a great big universe And we're all really puny; We're just tiny little specks About the size of Mickey Rooney. It's big and black and inky, And we are small and dinky; It's a big universe and we're not. And we're part of a vast interplanetary system Stretching seven hundred billion miles long. With nine planets and a sun; we think the Earth's the only one That has life on it, although we could be wrong... Across the interstellar voids are a billion asteroids, Including meteors and Halley's Comet, too. And there's over fifty moons floating out there like balloons In a panoramic trillion-mile view. And still it's all a speck amid a hundred billion stars In a galaxy we call the Milky Way. It's sixty thousand trillion miles from one end to the other, And still that's just a fraction of the way. 'Cause there's a hundred billion galaxies that stretch across the sky Filled with constellations, planets, moons and stars. And still the universe extends to a place that never ends, Which is maybe just inside a little jar! It's a great big universe And we're all really puny; We're just tiny little specks About the size of Mickey Rooney. Now we don't know how we got here; We're an important part here. It's a big universe and we're not!
 
2012-05-23 02:35:27 PM  
The galaxy in Orion's belt?
 
2012-05-23 11:01:40 PM  

StrangeQ: Well when you consider that our universe itself is thought to be essentially infinite in extent (as in, there's no reaching the edge, gazing across the void and waving to the cowboy universe), it gets a bit more difficult to envision. Nested infinities are a well studied concept, but they are not something a normal person tends to think about much.


No, no...you mean finite but unbounded.
 
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