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(Daily Mail)   The universe could be about to collapse and everything in it - including us - will be compressed into a small, hard ball. This is especially annoying considering the weekend is coming up   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 95
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2013-12-13 11:38:17 AM  
"There's something very important I forgot to tell you! Don't cross the streams... It would be bad... Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light."
 
2013-12-13 11:39:07 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."
 
2013-12-13 11:43:57 AM  
Sure. Just when I'm about to win the Megamillions jackpot. farking figures.
 
2013-12-13 11:44:13 AM  
Since our entire frame of reference would collapse right along with us, would be even notice?
 
2013-12-13 11:44:41 AM  
I sure hope it happens sooner rather than later, just to piss off Hector in Accounting one last time.
 
2013-12-13 11:45:27 AM  
What difference does it make if the ball is hard or not?

/Quit linking Daily Fail 'science' articles ya twunts
 
2013-12-13 11:46:25 AM  

Torqueknot: What difference does it make if the ball is hard or not?


Because when the balls are high and tight it means they're about to bust it.
 
2013-12-13 11:47:10 AM  
"The basis of the theory is that sooner or later a radical shift in the forces of the universe will cause every particle in it to become extremely heavy.   Everything - every grain of sand, every planet and every galaxy - will become billions of times heavier than it is now."

... a process that may have already begun with Subby's Mom.
 
2013-12-13 11:47:26 AM  
Just going out on a limb here, but I think they mean 'more massive' not 'heavier'.

Sentences like this do not help:

"All elementary particles inside the bubble will reach a mass much heavier than if they were outside the bubble..."
 
2013-12-13 11:47:32 AM  
So, the bubble expands at the speed of light? Since the Universe is fairly large, this could be an issue in several billion years.
 
2013-12-13 11:48:37 AM  
Does this Higgs boson make me look fat?
 
2013-12-13 11:49:22 AM  
The possibility that we are living in a false vacuum has never been a cheering one to contemplate. Vacuum decay is the ultimate ecological catastrophe; in the new vacuum there are new constants of nature; after vacuum decay, not only is life as we know it impossible, so is chemistry as we know it. However, one could always draw stoic comfort from the possibility that perhaps in the course of time the new vacuum would sustain, if not life as we know it, at least some structures capable of knowing joy. This possibility has now been eliminated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Coleman">Sidney Coleman & F. de Luccia
 
2013-12-13 11:54:53 AM  

Stile4aly: The possibility that we are living in a false vacuum has never been a cheering one to contemplate. Vacuum decay is the ultimate ecological catastrophe; in the new vacuum there are new constants of nature; after vacuum decay, not only is life as we know it impossible, so is chemistry as we know it. However, one could always draw stoic comfort from the possibility that perhaps in the course of time the new vacuum would sustain, if not life as we know it, at least some structures capable of knowing joy. This possibility has now been eliminated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Coleman">Sidney Coleman & F. de Luccia


False Vacuum decay seems startlingly similar to some Lovecraftian ends of the universe, doesn't it?
 
2013-12-13 11:59:26 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-13 12:01:49 PM  
I think we are in the middle of a slow crush and in a straigthened timeline I am currently writting this post backwards.
 
2013-12-13 12:02:33 PM  
Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.
 
2013-12-13 12:02:44 PM  
Fortunately, even if a phase transition is eating away at the vacuum somewhere at the speed of light, space is big.  Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is.  I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
 
2013-12-13 12:04:20 PM  

m1ke: Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.


No way.  That'd be like the Pasadena Star Trek convention all over again.
 
2013-12-13 12:04:35 PM  
42
 
2013-12-13 12:09:49 PM  
Number 9, number 9, number 9...
 
2013-12-13 12:21:04 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
"I'm crushing your universe!  CRUSH!  CRUSH!"
 
2013-12-13 12:25:43 PM  
Sincerely doubt I'd per affected by it anytime soon if it did happen, and if so, what the fark can I do about it, so who cares.
 
2013-12-13 12:26:18 PM  
So,

www.ludumdare.com?
 
2013-12-13 12:32:31 PM  
FTFA: The mind-bending concept has been around for a while, but now researchers in Denmark claim they have proven it is possible with mathematical equations.

Mathematical equations, eh? Must be true, then. Thank, you Daily Fail!
 
2013-12-13 12:43:25 PM  
If scientists are correct, the universe will be utterly destroyed.  As a "glass half-full" kind of guy, I would like to point out that this includes Kanye and James Dobson.
 
2013-12-13 12:51:04 PM  
GOOD
 
2013-12-13 12:51:19 PM  

FloydA: If scientists are correct, the universe will be utterly destroyed.  As a "glass half-full" kind of guy, I would like to point out that this includes Kanye and James Dobson.


Well, the universe will die from expansion or from compression. Or not.
 
2013-12-13 12:53:04 PM  
So we are all going to be squished together? Kinky.
 
2013-12-13 12:54:59 PM  
imokwiththis.jpg
 
2013-12-13 12:57:08 PM  

m1ke: Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.


I (rolls some dice) lol'd.
 
2013-12-13 01:08:58 PM  
University of Southern Denmark


I didn't think Denmark was big enough to have a South
 
2013-12-13 01:19:12 PM  

m1ke: Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.


Hey, we might actually get a campaign finished!
 
2013-12-13 01:22:31 PM  

Somacandra: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x484]

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."


If you showed that chalkboard to someone 500 years ago, you'd be burned for spell casting.
 
2013-12-13 01:23:17 PM  
YES,,,I KNOW...THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US AND I TEND TO EAT LOTS AND GAIN WEIGHT.  YOU DON"T HAVE TO REMIND ME.
 
2013-12-13 01:23:58 PM  
I, for one, get all of my theoretical science information from the Mail.
 
2013-12-13 01:24:14 PM  

phaseolus: University of Southern Denmark


I didn't think Denmark was big enough to have a South


i105.photobucket.com
Lots of planets have a north countries have a south.
 
2013-12-13 01:24:31 PM  
I say we do the Conservative thing and execute all the physicists. Also, burn their books to make sure this nonsense can't happen again.

/problem solved
 
2013-12-13 01:24:40 PM  
So...? Just change the gravitational constant on the universe. Problem solved.
 
2013-12-13 01:26:46 PM  
And here I thought it was a Vacuum Metastability Event that was going to doom us all.
 
2013-12-13 01:32:16 PM  
Unless this were to happen inside our own solar system, this planet will probably be a charred ball floating around a dead sun before we would even be able to see evidence of it happening.
 
2013-12-13 01:42:03 PM  

Ghastly: So...? Just change the gravitational constant on the universe. Problem solved.


First, assume a perfectly spherical cow...
 
2013-12-13 01:45:20 PM  
Maybe these bubbles occur, but don't expand beyond a certain threshold. That would fill in the missing mass in the universe.
 
2013-12-13 01:47:26 PM  
FTA: The bubble would then expand at the speed of light, entering all space, and turning the Higgs field from the state it is in now into a new one.

Well, not going to happen in my lifetime.  And if it did, we wouldn't notice it until we are hit with it so useless to worry about it.
 
2013-12-13 01:48:39 PM  

Prophet of Loss: Somacandra: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x484]

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."

If you showed that chalkboard to someone 500 years ago, you'd be burned for spell casting.


I would imagine since color photos weren't too common back then
 
2013-12-13 01:50:14 PM  

phaseolus: University of Southern Denmark


I didn't think Denmark was big enough to have a South


Everybody else just calls it "Germany."
 
2013-12-13 02:15:26 PM  

Copperbelly watersnake: Unless this were to happen inside our own solar system, this planet will probably be a charred ball floating around a dead sun before we would even be able to see evidence of it happening.


Actually, since it happens at the speed of light, regardless of where it occurs we find out it's happening as it's happening to us.  Kind of how the sun suddenly going out would only be discovered 500 seconds after the fact.
 Other than that, you're right, the odds are that if this happens (it's a theoretical result, so maybe not) it will start far enough away that the sun will get us long before.

I'd also like to add that the author has set a new standard for stupid.  Everybody (I thought) knows that beyond a certain size, collapsing objects become black holes, not small hard balls.

Cheers.
 
2013-12-13 02:21:59 PM  

simplicimus: Maybe these bubbles occur, but don't expand beyond a certain threshold. That would fill in the missing mass in the universe.


...except that the missing mass appears to be distributed in a very specific way that would be very difficult to recreate with spontaneously occurring bubbles.
 
2013-12-13 02:27:27 PM  
Betteridge's law of headlines
"Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."
 
2013-12-13 02:28:00 PM  

machoprogrammer: Prophet of Loss: Somacandra: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x484]

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."

If you showed that chalkboard to someone 500 years ago, you'd be burned for spell casting.

I would imagine since color photos weren't too common back then



They said chalkboard not photo
 :)
 
2013-12-13 02:46:46 PM  
This article was written by someone with a solid understanding of the physical principles being discussed.
 
2013-12-13 02:48:14 PM  
No grumpy cat "Good"?
 
2013-12-13 02:52:22 PM  
www.mcmbuzz.com

These guys already told me about it.
 
2013-12-13 02:59:10 PM  

Prophet of Loss: And here I thought it was a Vacuum Metastability Event that was going to doom us all.


That's precisely what they are talking about in this article.
 
2013-12-13 02:59:23 PM  

Somacandra: "AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."


Lol.
 
2013-12-13 03:10:07 PM  

give me doughnuts: Since our entire frame of reference would collapse right along with us, would be even notice?


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
www.alicia-logic.com

/Marble worlds.
//Everything is relative.
 
2013-12-13 03:33:27 PM  

omgrtfa: machoprogrammer: Prophet of Loss: Somacandra: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x484]

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."

If you showed that chalkboard to someone 500 years ago, you'd be burned for spell casting.

I would imagine since color photos weren't too common back then


They said chalkboard not photo
 :)


Whoops. My mistake!
 
2013-12-13 03:35:34 PM  
Considering our galaxy alone is 200,000 lightyears across, there's a good chance that if this started on the opposite side of our galaxy genetic drift in the human species would destroy humanity as we know it before this became a concern.  If it happenened in any galaxy outside of our Local Group (which is 99.999999999999999% of them) then the sun's stellar evolution would be a far more pressing concern to us.  In fact, it's entirely possible protonic decay may become a bigger concern, especially considering that universal expansion wouldn't be halted by this.  The universe is BIG ya'll.
 
2013-12-13 03:39:45 PM  

xellas84: Considering our galaxy alone is 200,000 lightyears across, there's a good chance that if this started on the opposite side of our galaxy genetic drift in the human species would destroy humanity as we know it before this became a concern.  If it happenened in any galaxy outside of our Local Group (which is 99.999999999999999% of them) then the sun's stellar evolution would be a far more pressing concern to us.  In fact, it's entirely possible protonic decay may become a bigger concern, especially considering that universal expansion wouldn't be halted by this.  The universe is BIG ya'll.


This is how to troll the astrophysicists. 10/10. Every part of this is wrong, and you've placed protonic decay on top like a turd on a wedding cake. Magnificent.
 
2013-12-13 03:39:48 PM  
The universe always has and always will be.
 
2013-12-13 03:48:21 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: The universe always has and always will be.


What? Has been and will be what?
 
2013-12-13 04:22:01 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Mr. Fuzzypaws: The universe always has and always will be.

What? Has been and will be what?


Accidentally.
 
2013-12-13 04:25:16 PM  

FloydA: Wellon Dowd: Mr. Fuzzypaws: The universe always has and always will be.

What? Has been and will be what?

Accidentally.


The whole thing?
 
2013-12-13 04:35:57 PM  

czetie: FTFA: The mind-bending concept has been around for a while, but now researchers in Denmark claim they have proven it is possible with mathematical equations.

Mathematical equations, eh? Must be true, then. Thank, you Daily Fail!


I should e-mail them my scientific paper--complete with mathematical equations--that proves using game theory, that I should be banging Victoria's Secret models every day for the rest of my life.  It has math, so it should be right.
 
2013-12-13 04:51:39 PM  
What, no Quantum Apostrophe here to pretend he knows physics?
 
2013-12-13 04:57:57 PM  

eyeq360: czetie: FTFA: The mind-bending concept has been around for a while, but now researchers in Denmark claim they have proven it is possible with mathematical equations.

Mathematical equations, eh? Must be true, then. Thank, you Daily Fail!

I should e-mail them my scientific paper--complete with mathematical equations--that proves using game theory, that I should be banging Victoria's Secret models every day for the rest of my life.  It has math, so it should be right.


I have often thought of putting bogus math equations into paper submissions, just to make some poor grad student spend the time to actually disprove the math...not just minor ones, either...like the WHOLE thing would be full of equations that had absolutely no bearing on the topic of submission...

/not quite trolling....but still fun.
 
2013-12-13 05:25:15 PM  

A Cave Geek: What, no Quantum Apostrophe here to pretend he knows physics?


This article has nothing to do with space travel, and therefore has nothing for QA to rail against. Quite the contrary: I'll bet QA believed everything in the article, and is suffering from an existential crisis at the moment: if the universe could collapse tomorrow, then what point is there in life-extension research?
 
2013-12-13 05:39:07 PM  

Millennium: A Cave Geek: What, no Quantum Apostrophe here to pretend he knows physics?

This article has nothing to do with space travel, and therefore has nothing for QA to rail against. Quite the contrary: I'll bet QA believed everything in the article, and is suffering from an existential crisis at the moment: if the universe could collapse tomorrow, then what point is there in life-extension research?


None.  But there would be some requisite last-minute anatomy research required...*leaves keyboard*
 
2013-12-13 06:37:34 PM  
Yeah, and monkeys could be about to fly out of my butt.
 
2013-12-13 06:43:56 PM  

A Cave Geek: eyeq360: czetie: FTFA: The mind-bending concept has been around for a while, but now researchers in Denmark claim they have proven it is possible with mathematical equations.

Mathematical equations, eh? Must be true, then. Thank, you Daily Fail!

I should e-mail them my scientific paper--complete with mathematical equations--that proves using game theory, that I should be banging Victoria's Secret models every day for the rest of my life.  It has math, so it should be right.

I have often thought of putting bogus math equations into paper submissions, just to make some poor grad student spend the time to actually disprove the math...not just minor ones, either...like the WHOLE thing would be full of equations that had absolutely no bearing on the topic of submission...

/not quite trolling....but still fun.


The Sokol Hoax.  That was good one.  No equations, but a lot of science and math words combined with random quotes and footnotes signifying nothing.
 
2013-12-13 08:04:42 PM  
"The mind-bending concept has been around for a while, but now researchers in Denmark claim they have proven it is possible with mathematical equations"


I thought that Math just proved that the 3rd Dimension was a hologram?

You can't have both...
 
2013-12-13 08:08:51 PM  
Not possible to be occurring now within the observable universe.  A certain percentage of local particles are connected through quantum entanglement with other particles and it stands to reason that some are connected with particles billions of light years distant. I'm pretty sure the entangled local particle would exhibit some change state if its sister particle underwent one.
 
2013-12-13 08:19:08 PM  

washington-babylon: give me doughnuts: Since our entire frame of reference would collapse right along with us, would be even notice?

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 215x235]
[www.alicia-logic.com image 600x329]

/Marble worlds.
//Everything is relative.


i.imgur.com

Relative you say?
In more ways than a 3 dimensional being could comprehend.
 
2013-12-13 09:01:19 PM  
No problem. We have the most powerful force in the universe to protect us. I am talking about Hulkamania. Once the Hulkster drew power from all the little hulksters, the collapse of the universe would be over 1-2-3
 
2013-12-13 09:09:04 PM  

mrlewish: Not possible to be occurring now within the observable universe.  A certain percentage of local particles are connected through quantum entanglement with other particles and it stands to reason that some are connected with particles billions of light years distant. I'm pretty sure the entangled local particle would exhibit some change state if its sister particle underwent one.


That's a load of complete bollocks, but hey, don't let that stop you. You're on a roll.
 
2013-12-13 09:15:21 PM  
I'd much rather have this than the heat-death of the universe... :P
 
2013-12-13 09:22:21 PM  

simplicimus: FloydA: If scientists are correct, the universe will be utterly destroyed.  As a "glass half-full" kind of guy, I would like to point out that this includes Kanye and James Dobson.

Well, the universe will die from expansion or from compression. Or not.


Great.  We're trapped in Schrodinger's Universe.

/and the damned Cat won't shut up
 
2013-12-13 09:36:51 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: simplicimus: FloydA: If scientists are correct, the universe will be utterly destroyed.  As a "glass half-full" kind of guy, I would like to point out that this includes Kanye and James Dobson.

Well, the universe will die from expansion or from compression. Or not.

Great.  We're trapped in Schrodinger's Universe.

/and the damned Cat won't shut up


Just give it a bowl of milk. The cat may or may not drink it.
 
2013-12-13 10:33:45 PM  
Yeah, I hate to bust the article writer's bubble, but theoretical physics is just a place for ideas -- without testable, falsifiable evidence, these ideas are just peculiarities in math that can be debated, but which amount to little more than educated speculation.

What's more, this isn't even a new idea. The only thing new here is that these guys have figured out a way to lend more credibility to the idea using a new approach in the math.
 
2013-12-13 11:39:19 PM  

A Cave Geek: I have often thought of putting bogus math equations into paper submissions, just to make some poor grad student spend the time to actually disprove the math...not just minor ones, either...like the WHOLE thing would be full of equations that had absolutely no bearing on the topic of submission...

/not quite trolling....but still fun.


That would be epic. The lost sleep from them would be worth it alone.

/epic idea
 
2013-12-13 11:45:48 PM  

czetie: mrlewish: Not possible to be occurring now within the observable universe.  A certain percentage of local particles are connected through quantum entanglement with other particles and it stands to reason that some are connected with particles billions of light years distant. I'm pretty sure the entangled local particle would exhibit some change state if its sister particle underwent one.

That's a load of complete bollocks, but hey, don't let that stop you. You're on a roll.


Yes. Please continue to enlighten us.
 
2013-12-14 01:20:11 AM  

OneFretAway: "The basis of the theory is that sooner or later a radical shift in the forces of the universe will cause every particle in it to become extremely heavy.   Everything - every grain of sand, every planet and every galaxy - will become billions of times heavier than it is now."

... a process that may have already begun with Subby's Mom.


It will just give the fatties another excuse, "The doctor said I'm going through a phase transition.  Are you going to eat that?"
 
2013-12-14 03:09:44 AM  
m0vie.files.wordpress.com
This "entropy" was predicted in the 1981 Dr. Who episode "Logopolis."
 
2013-12-14 03:11:32 AM  

czetie: simplicimus: Maybe these bubbles occur, but don't expand beyond a certain threshold. That would fill in the missing mass in the universe.

...except that the missing mass appears to be distributed in a very specific way that would be very difficult to recreate with spontaneously occurring bubbles.


Unless they were tiny bubbles.
www.zillow.com
 
2013-12-14 03:14:58 AM  
i.ytimg.com

Marty: Whoa, this is heavy.
Doc: There's that word again: "heavy." Why are things so heavy in the future?
 
2013-12-14 03:20:33 AM  
The Big Bang, Big Collapse is a repeating cycle that has been happening forever.
 
2013-12-14 03:29:46 AM  

DrPainMD: czetie: simplicimus: Maybe these bubbles occur, but don't expand beyond a certain threshold. That would fill in the missing mass in the universe.

...except that the missing mass appears to be distributed in a very specific way that would be very difficult to recreate with spontaneously occurring bubbles.

Unless they were tiny bubbles.
[www.zillow.com image 200x279]





That was one of my favorite songs when i was 3 years old. That, and Last Train To Clarksville.
 
2013-12-14 03:57:52 AM  
Everything is farked. You're definitely farked, earth is farked, milky way is farked, human history is farked, time and space is most likely farked. Nothing we do can change this. Accept farkness.
 
2013-12-14 03:58:20 AM  
Every particle has a symmetrical partner that is traveling backwards in time and is also reversed in some other basic ways. From their perspective, we, and everything in our universe, are those symmetrical partner particles. The big bang was just one end of a cycle. At the other end is a big bang for those particles. But nothing actually ends.
 
2013-12-14 07:08:40 AM  

saturn badger: czetie: mrlewish: Not possible to be occurring now within the observable universe.  A certain percentage of local particles are connected through quantum entanglement with other particles and it stands to reason that some are connected with particles billions of light years distant. I'm pretty sure the entangled local particle would exhibit some change state if its sister particle underwent one.

That's a load of complete bollocks, but hey, don't let that stop you. You're on a roll.

Yes. Please continue to enlighten us.


There's nothing to enlighten. It's just word salad by somebody who once heard the words "quantum" and "entangled" but has literally no idea how to use them correctly in a sentence. The last sentence in particular is a dead giveaway of somebody who doesn't understand what entanglement means.

If he was within six leagues of saying something coherent I'd take a crack at clarifying. But the only "clarification" to be made here is to throw the whole thing out and say something completely different. So why bother?

It is, to quote the great Wolfgang Pauli, "not even wrong".
 
2013-12-14 07:33:04 AM  

dangelder: Every particle has a symmetrical partner that is traveling backwards in time and is also reversed in some other basic ways. From their perspective, we, and everything in our universe, are those symmetrical partner particles.


Not really, no. Time reversal is an interesting mathematical way to interpret the symmetry of the Dirac equation for the electron, but it doesn't really have any meaningful physical interpretation. In particular, cause and effect only ever appears to operate in the forward direction, so this supposed backward traveling particle doesn't carry any information backwards, which makes any interpretation of the positron as a time-reversed electron of limited physical interest. (The same goes for the retarded waves predicted by the symmetry of Maxwell's equations.)

There are also other more detailed problems, such as time reversal not being a perfect symmetry; and the huge asymmetry between matter and anti-matter. There are many more electrons than their are positrons. So it really doesn't work to imagine the presence of a time-reversed "mirror universe" rushing past us in the opposite direction.

The big bang was just one end of a cycle. At the other end is a big bang for those particles. But nothing actually ends.

It's an open question as to whether our universe is open or closed. If it's open, there's no Big Bang for time-reversed particles under any interpretation. The apparent presence of Dark Energy suggests it's open, which means it will end in a Big Rip, and after that... no theory we have predicts what would happen after that.

Even if the universe is closed, it's far from clear what would happen in the Big Crunch. Some theorists have even suggested that one or more of the arrows of time would reverse at the mid-point as the universe begins to contract. And we certainly have no coherent theory of what happens at a Big Crunch -- whether there is a "bounce" and another cycle afterwards is purely speculative. However, there's some good work that suggests that, if the universe is indeed cyclic, (a) each cycle starts with higher entropy than the previous one, which means that the whole thing will eventually peter out into a bland, maximally entropic soup; and (b) bounces cannot have extended infinitely into the past (because if they had, we'd already be in that maximally entropic state, which clearly we aren't). Of course, this work too is speculative because we don't really know what happens when the universe is close to a singularity, but there are good reasons to believe that the principle here is relatively immune to the precise details of what happens at the pinch point between cycles.

TL; DR: when it comes to cosmology, science fictiony hand waving is easy; actual physics is hard.
 
2013-12-14 07:58:52 AM  

Prophet of Loss: And here I thought it was a Vacuum Metastability Event that was going to doom us all.


So the universe ends due to sagging boobs?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-14 09:52:23 AM  

czetie: TL; DR: when it comes to cosmology, science fictiony hand waving is easy; actual physics is hard.


Thanks for going at my speculations. I'd do the same for you if I had any real knowledge.
 
2013-12-14 11:00:14 AM  

dangelder: czetie: TL; DR: when it comes to cosmology, science fictiony hand waving is easy; actual physics is hard.

Thanks for going at my speculations. I'd do the same for you if I had any real knowledge.


There's speculation that's within the realm of possibility; there's speculation that's probably not, but produces interesting philosophical questions anyway ("what would it mean if time travel paradoxes actually could happen or the past could change? what if somebody could be Dead and then Not Dead After All? what would that look like from the point of view of a god who is outside time, just welcomed that person into Heaven, and then had that "undone" because time changed? Or would such events in fact be definitive proof of the logical impossibility of a god outside time?"). And then there's speculation that's just terminology taken out of context.

Anyhoo, feel free to take potshots at the speculation above, or indeed at my speculation about the nature of free will (another topic on which, definitively, Nobody Knows Anything) which, I promise, will turn up in any thread remotely related to free will, consciousness, or mind vs. brain.
 
2013-12-14 03:40:35 PM  

studebaker hoch: The Big Bang, Big Collapse is a repeating cycle that has been happening forever.


i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-14 07:50:32 PM  
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