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18-01-2015, 11:22 AM (This post was last modified: 18-01-2015 12:41 PM by Free.)
RE: Infinite Universe?
If the universe is infinite, we could never know it. There would be no way to verify it because we would always be looking for it and never find it.

Currently, the "observable" universe appears to be finite, but that is only because we have not been able to see anything past what is observable yet, assuming it isn't finite or there is something more than what we can currently observe.

I suspect that as time goes by and newer and greater observational technologies are created, the age of the observable universe will continue to increase.

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22-01-2015, 10:59 PM
RE: Infinite Universe?
(18-01-2015 11:22 AM)Free Wrote:  If the universe is infinite, we could never know it. There would be no way to verify it because we would always be looking for it and never find it.

Currently, the "observable" universe appears to be finite, but that is only because we have not been able to see anything past what is observable yet, assuming it isn't finite or there is something more than what we can currently observe.

I suspect that as time goes by and newer and greater observational technologies are created, the age of the observable universe will continue to increase.

Absolutely true that we will never know if the universe is infinite, but considering it as a possibility--our own universe as only one of multiverses--effectively turns the theist "something from nothing" argument into a straw man. Possibility is an entirely different concern than Probability.

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23-01-2015, 08:53 AM
RE: Infinite Universe?
I've been reading Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" -- and I find the concept of an infinite universe just as confusing as a finite one.

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Either way -- it's awful goddamned big.....

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23-01-2015, 09:25 AM
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Just be glad you're not paying the taxes on it. Thumbsup

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23-01-2015, 09:42 AM
RE: Infinite Universe?
(18-01-2015 11:22 AM)Free Wrote:  If the universe is infinite, we could never know it. There would be no way to verify it because we would always be looking for it and never find it.

Currently, the "observable" universe appears to be finite, but that is only because we have not been able to see anything past what is observable yet, assuming it isn't finite or there is something more than what we can currently observe.

I suspect that as time goes by and newer and greater observational technologies are created, the age of the observable universe will continue to increase.

Agree. Also we don't know it's basic geometry. If it's "curved" in any way, it could be finite yet we would still never be able to know.

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