UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A Universe before our Universe?



  • Steve Sawyer informs that this was an April Fools Day joke.

    (An exquisite one that I missed.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, April 02, 2014  

  • I guess you missed this one:





    This is not April Fools tho' they are several years old... So far as I can find there has so far been no definitive "disproof" that these marks on the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation are not related to interaction between our universe and other universes.

    Yes I know it probably rubs your physical theories of the Universe the wrong way but it does give a possible explanation for the things we see which are not really there... and how UFOs seem to do some absolutely impossible things [like those reported by my father].


    By Blogger Joel Crook, at Wednesday, April 02, 2014  

  • The name of the image in Rich's linked to article is: sn-aprilfool.jpg



    By Blogger Don, at Wednesday, April 02, 2014  

  • Thanks, Don...

    But the "joke" was so close to the Big Bounce theory -- not a joke -- that I was gulled.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, April 02, 2014  

  • The absurdities in the article are an 'the onion' type of joke, but Joel is right. The absurdities are the joke, the theory isn't -- at least not yet.



    By Blogger Don, at Wednesday, April 02, 2014  

  • Cosmology's turmoil is laughable and many of the hypotheses or theories are ludicrous, superficially.

    But life and the Universe are inherently nutty so.....


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, April 02, 2014  

  • Well, aspects of cosmology may seem either laughable or ludicrous, but they might also be true, and the link to the April Fools Day article Rich posted about was an “Onionesque” parody of something announced within the last two weeks that is actually, or at least potentially, really quite significant.

    A team of scientists operating a specialized CCD sensor “telescope” for detecting the polarized (the direction of photons) photon recording system in Antarctica [called BICEP2, for Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization], searching for fine detail in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation at the furthest reaches of the observable universe for “B-mode polarizations” has found that, due to the uniquely “curled” polarization of that kind of radiation found by BICEP2, that we have now discovered strongly circumstantial evidence for gravity waves, one of the “holy grails” of astronomy, cosmology, relativity, and quantum physics.

    The type of CMB polarized radiation detected, which is supposed to have been generated almost immediately after the Big Bang itself (within a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Bang emerged from a sub-atomic sized “singularity”) was predicted by Einstein in his general theory of relativity, and now seems, preliminarily, to have been peer-reviewed and confirmed, and also relates to the vastly faster than light (FTL) rate of expansion of the universe in it’s first 300,000 years, mainly within the first few seconds after the Big Bang.

    That would explain why, from “edge” to “edge” the observable universe is 92 billion light years across, or a radius of 46 billion l.y., even though the universe itself is “only” 13.7 or so billion years old: FTL inflationary expansion, as Alan Guth first predicted.

    This is (potentially) incredibly significant, as it would be a confirmation of Guth’s “inflationary universe” hypothesis, and also relates to Hugh Everett’s initial 1957 postulate, later termed by DeWitt the “Many Worlds” hypothesis of a multiverse, or that ours is only one among possibly an “infinitude” of other universes, as Bohm also theorized about, and an aspect of the “Copenhagen Interpretation.”

    Schrodinger’s cat is in the mix, also, along with dark matter, energy, and flow, and holographic universe and string theorems, or M-theory.

    The BICEP2 findings, and upcoming the more advanced BICEP3 system to try and confirm the initial findings, may be the most important astronomical and cosmological discovery in almost a century, and definitely Nobel prize-worthy for the primary scientists involved. Maybe more important than the LHC finding of the Higgs boson, actually.

    So, kind of important, I’d suggest... and, "nutty." 8^}


    Nature: http://bit.ly/1i2ChoA

    Ars Technica article: http://bit.ly/1oi6u8I

    New York Times article: http://nyti.ms/1kX5ecd

    PBS article: http://to.pbs.org/1ora2cc

    Wired Science article: http://wrd.cm/1h3SDCt

    BICEP2 release papers and data source: http://bicepkeck.org/

    arXiv preprint paper itself: http://xxx.lanl.gov/pdf/1307.5830v2.pdf

    See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many_worlds_theory


    http://bit.ly/1hilywJ (Wikipedia: size of the observable universe)

    By Blogger Steve Sawyer, at Wednesday, April 02, 2014  

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