Skip to comments.It's official, Elvis lives [inflationary cosmology saves the King!]
Posted on 01/15/2007 6:32:55 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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Hugh Everett's Many World's Theory that all possible outcomes are realized.
Not quite. The bubble universes in the multiverse occupy the same causal reality; the many worlds of Everett continue to branch into separate causal realities.
Very nice, you're in your 'element'!
The diety fades away in part because of the concept of infinity, that being, if the diety created the universe, who created the diety? However, the same concept of infinity raises the same question of where did all the energy/matter in the universe/multiverse come from?
...where did all the energy/matter in the universe/multiverse come from?
Ex nihilo. If nothingness is unstable, there is a non-zero (albeit terrifyingly miniscule) probability for a patch of negative pressure energy to come into being; once that happens, the process of inflation gets underway and extends to spatial infinity and towards temporal (future, at least) eternity, giving birth to infinitely many bubble universes along the way.
Very interesting, I never heard of such concept. Of course, since i don't pretent to understand cosmology, that should come as no surprise.
"All the Myriad Ways" by Larry Niven.
The story involves the discovery of parallel universes where a universe is created every time someone makes a decision. Wheat bread or rye for your sandwich? Parallel universe created right there: one where you had wheat bread and another where you choose rye. The realization that such universes are created for each decision robs a large segment of the population from the belief in right and wrong. After all if you agonize over this moral choice, what good does it do you? A parallel version of yourself will make the exact opposite choice. So there is no right or wrong. Everything will occur anyway. So, given that, why not do whatever you want? Or why not think about killing yourself and in so pondering the question, another parallel universe is created in which you actually do the deed.
Alan H. Guth, Eternal Inflation (PDF format)
The Niven story appears to be an imaginative rendering of Everett's Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. See post #44 above...
Thanks, I definitely read it.
These infinite universes are expanding and eventually will collide.
And no one knows what will happen then.
I've just run across this article by Garriga, Guth and Vilenkin discussing bubble collisions:
Jaume Garriga, Alan H. Guth, Alexander Vilenkin, Eternal inflation, bubble collisions, and the persistence of memory (PDF format)
But in what sense can those "Doppelgangers" be considered to be actually you?
What's more, I hear people say, "I sure am glad I wasn't born in Ethiopia." In what sense would that person have been you?
One more thing. Say they perfected a matter transporter that seemed to work just fine on people. The way it worked is that it scanned you somehow, down to the very atoms and their states, and then transmitted that information through a wormhole to a very distant place, where the receiver reconstructed "you" down to the atom, out of raw materials.
Oh, and in the process, your atoms at the transmitting end would get disassembled and recycled.
Would you be willing to be 'transported' that way? Would the 'thing' on the other end have consciousness, or soul, or whatever? Would it be yours? Would it be you?
Uhhh, pass the bong, man.
The King did not die. He ascended. One day he will return as a hunka hunka burnin' love to banish all sorrow. In that day we will truly be his teddy bears.
Will he bring the spaghetti with him?
"Eat it in memory of him." Uh huh.
So if there is a God then He seems to have created the universe in such a way as to guarantee that there would be infinite numbers of Hitlers and axe murders and Celine Dions.
Either God is perverse or has a really sick sense of humor if this is the case.
Whoa, that article started out in english...