Infinite Universes, Infinite Size,
No "In the Beginning", No End
(Top Posts - Science - 013107, updated 040409)

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Put another way, think of the all as always
existing, a circle of infinite size, with no
beginning, no ending, simply always there.

Any piece of that circle, simply part of
infinity, part of the all, and the all?

Always existent, always spawning universes,
always expanding.

Ramifications?

For me, personally, it's empowering, thinking
of oneself as being part of an infinity of pos-
sibilites, with no absolute ending, ever, and
no point at which naturalism ceases to be,
ever, just parts which begin and end.

Sure, a particular space-time continuum has
a beginning and end, and entities within each
continuum have beginnings and ends, but
being part of an infinite number of space-time
continuums that never began, and that never
end, that's the true measure of the all.

Certainly, the role each of us plays in such
unimaginably vast realms of space and
time, a very subjective one, but when one
opens one's mind up to the possibility that
there was really never nothing, that the all of
which we are a part had no absolute begin-
ning, and has no absolute ending, that the
infinity that spawned each of us is endless ...

I suppose one is faced with a paradox, to
either ...

... feel one's existence is validated, as
being an important part of an infinite and
never-ending and never-not-existing all ...

-or-

... to feel infinitely small and unimportant ...

-or-

... both, as it's simply just a matter of how
you look at it ...

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Endless Universe
Made Possible by New Model
  
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070130091159.htm
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Excerpts:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 31 -- A new
cosmological model demonstrates the uni-
verse can endlessly expand and contract,
providing a rival to Big Bang theories and
solving a thorny modern physics problem,
according to University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill physicists.

That cyclic model ... has four key parts:

expansion,

turnaround,

contraction

and

bounce.

During expansion, dark energy -- the force
causing the universe to expand at an accel-
erating rate -- pushes until all matter frag-
ments into patches so far apart nothing
can bridge the gaps.

During expansion, dark energy -- the un-
known force causing the universe to ex_
pand at an accelerating rate -- pushes and
pushes until all matter fragments into patches
so far apart that nothing can bridge the gaps.

Everything from black holes to atoms disinte-
grates. This point, just a fraction of a second
before the end of time, is the turnaround.

At the turnaround, each fragmented patch
collapses and contracts individually instead
of pulling back together in a reversal of the
Big Bang.

The patches become an infinite number
of independent universes, contracting and
then bouncing outward again, reinflating in
a manner similar to the Big Bang.

One patch becomes our universe.

"This cycle happens an infinite number of
times, thus eliminating any start or end of
time," Frampton said.

"There is no Big Bang."

An article describing the model is to be
published in the journal Physical Review
Letters.

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