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(io9)   A purpose for the universe? What fresh anthropocentric hell is this now?   (io9.com) divider line 36
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2013-02-06 09:47:07 AM
The universe has existed for billions of years to produce me. Once I am gone, it will still be here, just without purpose, like the first care you ever had once it stopped working.
 
2013-02-06 09:51:07 AM
I don't care if it has a purpose or not, but it's nice to have a place to put all this stuff.
 
2013-02-06 09:59:23 AM
Regardless of whether you believe him or not, the fact that people go through great lengths to think about these things and publish their work is positive.  We'd still be in caves without dreamers.
 
2013-02-06 10:15:36 AM
<i>Because the universe is a potentially replicative unit</i>

This sounds like begging the question.  Last I checked, there is no evidence that a universe can be created from another universe.

It's also the premise of the book Cosm by Gregory Benford.
 
2013-02-06 10:19:28 AM
It is far too early in the morning to read this stuff. *navigates to cracked.com*
 
2013-02-06 10:32:01 AM
I am pretty sure that the entire universe and all of the mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and all of the sentient beings it contains is a construct of my mind. At least I have never seen any evidence to the contrary.
 
2013-02-06 10:45:34 AM
I just wish that we would turn our eyes here to make this place a Utopia and good place to live untill we die.
 
2013-02-06 10:47:18 AM

IgG4: I am pretty sure that the entire universe and all of the mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and all of the sentient beings it contains is a construct of my mind. At least I have never seen any evidence to the contrary.




Bah! Turtles! All the way down. At least I have never seen any evidence to the contrary.
 
2013-02-06 11:10:32 AM

Anthracite: I just wish that we would turn our eyes here to make this place a Utopia and good place to live untill we die.


Where is Jessica Hyde?
 
2013-02-06 11:14:54 AM
The purpose of the universe

Boobies
 
2013-02-06 11:16:16 AM

IgG4: I am pretty sure that the entire universe and all of the mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and all of the sentient beings it contains is a construct of my mind. At least I have never seen any evidence to the contrary.


*Walks over and slaps IgG4 on the back of the head*

So you're the reason Linda turned me down in high school. You bastid

// Such boobies. Oh yeah the boobies
 
2013-02-06 11:27:30 AM

CujoQuarrel: IgG4: I am pretty sure that the entire universe and all of the mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and all of the sentient beings it contains is a construct of my mind. At least I have never seen any evidence to the contrary.

*Walks over and slaps IgG4 on the back of the head*

So you're the reason Linda turned me down in high school. You bastid

// Such boobies. Oh yeah the boobies


I never promised you a rose garden, you're lucky you even exist.
 
2013-02-06 11:55:34 AM
There is a theory which states that if any figures out what the universe is and why it is here it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

-Douglas Adams
 
2013-02-06 12:08:31 PM
FTA:

But both string theory and loop quantum gravity suggest that black hole singularities can be eliminated

I knew about loop quantum gravity before there was a Wikipedia article about it.
 
2013-02-06 12:34:18 PM
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2013-02-06 12:49:22 PM
The universe was created to construct Deep Thought to come up with The Answer, which in turn was to come up with Earth to find The Question.

Duh.
 
2013-02-06 01:41:06 PM

sasbazooka: The universe has existed for billions of years to produce me. Once I am gone, it will still be here, just without purpose, like the first care you ever had once it stopped working.


I think you misunderstood what "purpose" means in this case. It's like saying plants produce fruits for no reason.
 
2013-02-06 02:09:35 PM
FTFA: Cosmologist Joe Silk, for example, says the universe we observe is far from being an optimal producer of black holes. He speculates that other "versions" of the universe could do a much better job.

And humans who do not need to reproduce with their waste expulsion orifices would be less prone to infection. In case of childbirth there could be less chance of stuff ripping if there was a specialised orifice. There are so many possibilities for improvement in the human body in order to increase fertility and yet there has been no universal failure to produce a next generation so far.

In nature "good enough" is usually where things end up.
 
2013-02-06 02:35:43 PM
to troll people on the intertubes for teh lulz
 
2013-02-06 02:39:25 PM
"the theory of Cosmological Natural Selection"

next thing you know they will be saying "it's just a theory", just like they did with evolution

Cosmological Naturedidit Evolution

Science, it works biatches


/farked up new html box FTW
 
2013-02-06 03:59:42 PM
This has a lot of similarities to a wacky theory that I'm basing a Sci-Fi Fantasy book series on. Though it incoproates a lot new age concepts, the "black holes as birthplaces of new universes" is all up in there. Haven't heard of this guy before though.

The TLDR version of my stuff is that the universe self replicates through the generation of life. Life powers the process through experience, which adds infinitesimally small amounts of energy to the system. Some energy accumulates in a being's soul, while some of it is released into the wild.

The loose energy is then either used to continue powering the system, or collected in black holes. When enough is gathered up. Babby universe is made.
 
2013-02-06 04:23:39 PM
A nice place to visit
 
2013-02-06 05:09:32 PM
So the guy is saying "This thing happens so often, it must be its purpose". Hmm.
 
2013-02-06 05:26:36 PM
EARTH HAS 4 CORNER

SIMULTANEOUS 4-DAY


TIME CUBE

WITHIN SINGLE ROTATION.

 4 CORNER DAYSPROVES 1

DAY 1 GOD IS TAUGHT EVIL.

IGNORANCE OF TIMECUBE4

SIMPLE MATH IS RETARDATION

AND EVIL EDUCATION DAMNATION.

CUBELESS AMERICANS DESERVE -

AND SHALL BE EXTERMINATED.

 
2013-02-06 06:15:51 PM
Oh, god. Animism, in my FARK?
 
2013-02-06 07:57:02 PM

t3knomanser: Where is Jessica Hyde?


-Reaches to colleague sat behind desk, hands t3knomanser a piece of paper
 
2013-02-06 08:16:40 PM
What resources are the universes competing for?
 
2013-02-06 08:44:45 PM
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2013-02-06 09:25:27 PM
Perimeter Institute is where science sends all the true weirdos so they stop screwing up mankind's progress.
 
2013-02-06 09:31:53 PM
The Universe is a place to keep our stuff. See George Carlin for details.
 
2013-02-06 10:24:34 PM
The universe and everything in it exists to torment people like this guy who can't live with the fact that something can exist without a specific purpose.
 
2013-02-07 03:01:58 AM

Uncle Tractor: EARTH HAS 4 CORNER

SIMULTANEOUS 4-DAY

TIME CUBE

WITHIN SINGLE ROTATION.

 4 CORNER DAYSPROVES 1

DAY 1 GOD IS TAUGHT EVIL.

IGNORANCE OF TIMECUBE4

SIMPLE MATH IS RETARDATION

AND EVIL EDUCATION DAMNATION.

CUBELESS AMERICANS DESERVE -

AND SHALL BE EXTERMINATED.


i172.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-07 03:52:58 AM
As many black holes as possible?

*checks TFA*

"geared to maximize the number of black holes made in the universe "

Thought so.
 
2013-02-07 03:54:01 AM

DicksWii: What resources are the universes competing for?


mass/energy
 
2013-02-07 08:26:53 AM
Its purpose is to keep me entertained until entropy makes all this nonsense moot.
 
2013-02-08 02:52:07 AM
Love and learn.
 
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