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One of the things I also found interesting is that there is a lot of put-down in the comments. Apart from the negativity, considering how ‘science’ has changed its mind so many times – on even fundamental things, even in my lifetime, I find it amazing that any scientist is brave/stupid enough to state that anything is absolutely so.
Another thing that comes up for me is, although I find the subject fascinating,
and fun to explore, what difference does it make anyway!
Where is the fun, let alone the relevance, taking this exploration so seriously?
As far as I can tell, so far anyway, we are people, not digits.
I see absolutely no humanness (or huwomanness) love or caring here.
Makes we wonder what the lives are like of the people who are scientifiking the subject.
And if we perish from the planet, does it really matter? I think not.
Are we such a great species – any of us – that we think the only way to survive is by killing and eating other species.
And not only eating them, treating them cruelly while we fatten them up.
We all live so automatically. We are not investigating the real relevance of life – awareness.
Until awareness is our unconditional in-each-moment preference we seem doomed to continue on the wheel of repeating the past - until we extinct ourselves. Like we have in the past.
And religion – may I point out to you dear religious peoples – where has all the conveniences you have come to take for granted come from? Have you contributed anything useful at all to this planet? Have you not persecuted anybody who comes up with something new?
“Work of the Devil.” If there is a Devil, I would say it/he/she/ thinly disguises themselves under the name religion.
We are here. Even though we are exploiting it as much as we possibly can, this place is still beautiful. Instead of academically studying it, let’s celebrate the planet, and life, and ourselves.
Try it – just for one day. Disconnect from what you think are your troubles (as the saying goes, there is always someone in a worse situation than you – who is grateful for what they do have – because there are people worse off than them) and celebrate what you do have.
Celebrate – anything – just for one day!
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From: William Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2010 13:08:09 -0700 (PDT)
To: Paul Lowe
Subject: Fw: [IP] No Big Bang? No Gnab Gib? No Singularities?
Big Bang Abandoned in New Model of the Universe
A new cosmology successfully explains the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy; but only if the universe has no beginning and no end.
As one of the few astrophysical events that most people are familiar with, the Big Bang has a special place in our culture. And while there is scientific consensus that it is the best explanation for the origin of the Universe, the debate is far from closed. However, it's hard to find alternative models of the Universe without a beginning that are genuinely compelling.
That could change now with the fascinating work of Wun-Yi Shu at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Shu has developed an innovative new description of the Universe in which the roles of time space and mass are related in new kind of relativity.
Shu's idea is that time and space are not independent entities but can be converted back and forth between each other. In his formulation of the geometry of spacetime, the speed of light is simply the conversion factor between the two. Similarly, mass and length are interchangeable in a relationship in which the conversion factor depends on both the gravitational constant G and the speed of light, neither of which need be constant.
So as the Universe expands, mass and time are converted to length and space and vice versa as it contracts.
This universe has no beginning or end, just alternating periods of expansion and contraction. In fact, Shu shows that singularities cannot exist in this cosmos.
It's easy to dismiss this idea as just another amusing and unrealistic model dreamed up by those whacky comsologists.
That is until you look at the predictions it makes. During a period of expansion, an observer in this universe would see an odd kind of change in the red-shift of bright objects such as Type-I supernovas, as they accelerate away. It turns out, says Shu, that his data exactly matches the observations that astronomers have made on Earth.