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Initial post: Oct 1, 2008 10:11:53 AM PDT
Is there any reason to believe that the "singularity" that spawned the known universe was an entity, rather than a portal. Less an egg than a birth canal, if you will.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 6:18:22 PM PST
Depending on your choice of "creation" theories, none at all. The 'membrane' multiverse theory would allow a "portal" beginning of our universe. The 'brane' theory, as it's called, works on sort of a soap bubble basis, where you can have one bubble come out of another and sharing a common membrane (bubble) wall. You would also have to embrace the existence of multiple universes, though. Depending on your religious preferences, this may not be an option.

What do you think?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2010 6:22:07 PM PST
By the way, it's spelled 'hole', not 'whole'

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 7:31:52 PM PST
I didn't make it up, but I must confess the misspelling is a rather amusing conceit that makes possible, yet another set of philosophical speculations.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2010 8:37:45 AM PST
I agree. A fortuitous malapropism, no doubt. Let me pose a question for you - if the universe began 14 billion years ago, and all the heavier elements are results of collapsed or exploded stars at the end of their "lives", and our sun is 5 billion years old (so it did not create the elements making up the solar system), is our sun a second (or later) generation (sort of a recycled) star? Or are all stars formed from original hydrogen, thus limiting the creation of stars to a finite number?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2010 6:15:08 PM PST
As I understand it, our star is from a subsequent generation. Certainly there are limits to the availability of star-forming stuff, though the scale those limits are, by definition, quite beyond my comprehension. I can't help but wonder what lies beyond the limits of our perception. Does a bacterium in my intestine comprehend the broader me and the much larger universe beyond me? I can't help but wonder what we have yet to discover, and maybe never will,.
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