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Nikodem Poplawski displays a "tornado in a tube". The top bottle symbolizes a black hole, the connected necks represent a wormhole and the lower bottle symbolizes the growing universe on the just-formed other side of the wormhole. Credit: Courtesy of Indiana University Our universe may exist inside a black hole.
<img src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/underwire/2012/05/briane_greene_660.jpg" alt="" title="briane_greene_660" width="660" height="410" class="size-full wp-image-106071" /> Author and theoretical physicist Brian Greene discusses science fiction, Star Trek and parallel universes in this edition of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Characters on Star Trek suffer frequent misadventures on the holodeck, a room that creates advanced holograms indistinguishable from reality. But now theoretical physicists such as Brian Greene, host of the recent PBS special The Fabric of the Cosmos , are starting to wonder if every object in the universe isn’t some sort of hologram.
"Our laws of physics affect what happens within our universe, but there's no reason to think they would influence the multiverse at large. Doorknobs, after all, don't dictate the laws of physics." Funnily enough, this is the same line of reasoning for why I feel trying to use science to disprove religion is illogical, pointless, and confused. If "God" is "The laws of physics" and "this universe" is science, we cannot try to prove or disprove a thing through the very laws that thing gave us. Our laws govern our universe, but nothing more. Not trying to start a great debate--I am agnostic myself (I think)--but most religions conjecture their God is an all-powerful universe-creating-thing.
29 March 2012 Last updated at 10:47 GMT By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Manchester Earth sits just in the galactic plane which appears as a very dense but very long strip of stars arcing across the sky. The galactic centre and the surrounding bulge of stars is here pulled out to show more detail Scientists have produced a colossal picture of our Milky Way Galaxy, to reveal the detail of a billion stars.
Errol Morris is a writer and filmmaker. His movie “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara” won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2004. “Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography,” a book of his essays (many of which have appeared here), and his latest book, “A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald,” were both New York Times bestsellers. Morris is currently working on a film on the life and times of Donald Rumsfeld.
...The universe has been around forever, in which case there's literally an infinite amount of history, both before and after us.... ...Neither of these is satisfying.... Um, what? Not only is that theory entirely satisfying, but when you take logic and apply it strenuously enough to any other theory, this is what all other ones will ultimately come down to -- so it has to be satisfying, I'm afraid.
If the universe got cold and dark we could just haunt it like a giant haunted house though. That'd be fun, eh? People from other universes would be all, "Don't go there, I hear it's haunted by all kinds of... things and... monsters and... well the Starbucks there closed and that was the end of that." But I agree that the big crunch is the more plausible and likely option. It's just really hard to conceive of everything being destroyed on it's way back into that one point.