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Old Aug 30th 2013, 05:55 AM   #11
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Hmmm... How about a field that compresses space time at a single point to an infinite density and has no effect at an infinite distance. In both cases the result is non-existence, but in between, anything can happen.
Basically what you describe above is the big bang expanding to heat death.
The key issue I have with your post is "anything can happen".
In my opinion there are things that can happen and things that can't happen.
Then (crucially) of the things that can happen, there are things that are likely and things that are unlikely.

I have an idea based on an analogy with a river:
Consider the big-bang as the spring from which existence flows, it then swirls in a chaotic manner through the probability options open to it.
(mathematically chaotic rather than random chaotic)

Note what this does to ideas of determinism etc...
Imagine drifting downstream in a boat, then paddling upstream to the starting point, and drifting down again.
The two drifts would be similar, but not the same.
What we remember is "a" past (the one we experienced) not THE past.
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Old Oct 1st 2013, 12:28 PM   #12
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Probably. Loop quantum gravity proposes quantized bits of spacetime that make everything. M-theory proposes all particles to be made of strings (one-branes), and it's *possible* that everything is made out of zero-branes - point particles. Quantum mechanics and general relativity propose no answer at the moment.
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Originally Posted by RelativityIsWrong View Post
Probably. Loop quantum gravity proposes quantized bits of spacetime that make everything. M-theory proposes all particles to be made of strings (one-branes), and it's *possible* that everything is made out of zero-branes - point particles. Quantum mechanics and general relativity propose no answer at the moment.
I am currently entertaining thoughts of an unusual particle/field which is toroidal. The nature of this entity is that it is expanding at an accelerating rate and at a single point at center time/space is compressed infinitely. My thinking is that matter is our perception of an interference pattern between such entities. Comments welcome and math desired!
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