Are We Trapped In An Ever Looping Loop?

Is the universe like a DVD? And are we trapped in that DVD?
I am not a special feature, I am a free man!

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Since time immemorial man has looked up and questioned the nature of the universe.

Once, the Earth was considered to be fixed at the centre of the universe with the planets and the Sun thought to orbit around, and the stars sat frozen permanently against the blanket of the sky.
Through endeavour and inquiry, we have discovered that, rather than the centre of the universe, the Earth sits as a small rocky water-covered ball, floating in space, one of nine planets orbiting an average star, in the outer spiral arm of a galaxy we call the Milky Way.

Ok.

And we have discovered that everything in the universe is moving away from us, and by that we deduce, not that we are the unpopular end of the universe, but that the universe is expanding, in all of the directions it can whizz.

But, what then…?
What comes next?

Open universe.

Does it just keep expanding and expanding, forever and ever, just expanding, with everything moving further and further away from everything else, until the last of the stars die, and the universe just goes cold and dark, and forever expanding.

Perhaps some survivors cling on, on some desolate forgotten planets, making use of the last of the radiation still moving around in the universe, as gamma rays and whatnot.
What a life, if you could even call it living, eating compressed food tablets made from hydrated rocks, catching radio waves with old wire hangers, and harvesting water from clouds of interstellar gas.

All that remains of humanity is a styrofoam cup and a free U2 album which can’t be deleted.

This is how it ends.

As illustrated in the diagram below :

open universe

 

Closed Universe

Or, at some point, will expansion come to an end?
Once the momentum has been stopped, gravity will have little trouble causing all the matter in the universe to come together, albeit very slowly, and eventually, everything will be brought back together again, in a sort of reverse Big Bang, dubbed the Big Crunch.

What would the universe look like when it is contracting? Would life go on as normal, and things just get closer and closer together, until eventually we just can’t ignore it anymore, but by then it’s far too late, and there is no way we can survive, and suddenly Mars in in your lounge room, and your left arm is inside the Sun and god damn, I guess it’s curtains for you.

Some speculate that life can only exist in an expanding phase.

What might then happen in a contracting phase? Would the laws of physics work in reverse? Would people put hats on their feet, and hamburgers would eat people?
Would history play out in reverse?

Who knows…?

As shown on the diagram below :

closed universe
Looping Universe

The above are considered the “official story” for the possibilities for the fate of the universe.
But what if there was a third option?

Well there is (read : may be).

First, as we understand, the universe began with the Big Bang, which was when all the energy and matter that would go to become the universe was crushed into a tiny, infinitesimally small point, which exploded and expanded, and over 14.5 billion years, has come to be what we see around us.

What if the Big Bang was an exploding singularity, so much energy and matter, compressed into the tiniest of points, into what one could call the essence of a single point.
Just a dot, just a point of energy.

Then, we can consider Chaos Theory, which tells us that events are never random, but rather, they are just intricate intermeshings of things and moments, totally reliant on very specific initial starting conditions.
And if the exactly identical starting conditions can be replicated, then the exactly identical outcome can be achieved.

So, what if we can consider the singularity, this single point of energy, to be the essence of identical starting conditions?

And then, what if, as we say in the Closed Universe, at some point the in future, gravity overtakes the momentum of the universe, and caused it to begin to contract.
Until finally crushing itself under its own gravity into a tiny single point.

Perhaps into a singularity?

And what then would happen to that?

What if it was just so unstable, now containing everything that was once the universe, and so exploded.

Considering that it is beginning from the very same starting conditions as it did before, could we not expect that, then, the universe would play out the same way again?
With everything and everyone following the same course of actions, through all of history, again and again and again?

Are we trapped in an ever looping loop?

As shown in the diagram below :

cyclical universe

Beyond The Loop

If this is, as I have described, an ever looping universe, playing itself out again and again, then perhaps therein lies the answer to parallel dimensions.
Or rather parallel looping universes.

For example, imagine the universe, the one we are in, is a DVD.
Every time you put the DVD in the DVD player, it will play the same movie, but if you put a different DVD in, you can play a different movie.
And so, if we can somehow skip from one universe to another, we can jump from, say, Frozen (2013), to Cube (1997), and suddenly find ourselves in a new loop.
Where once was a magical musical fairytale land, where a misunderstood snow queen had fled her own coronation, leaving the kingdom in a eternal winter, now we find ourselves in some sort of, I don’t know, prison of the future? How did we get in here? Why are there so many doors?
You’re going to try that one? Ok, I don’t see what could go wr…. oh god.
What is this place? There is no way out of here!!

And so, we could go from this loop, to another loop, and it would be a very similar, but slightly different, or possibly very different, loop.

Like at the end of Men In Black, <SPOILER ALERT> when it turns out that the whole universe is just a marble in a bag of other universe marbles, in the hands of these super extra dimensional beings, yeah.
And in the marble, it just keeps on looping.

And I guess, if it’s true, then I post this every time.

Turning Up The Heat On The New Cold War

This weekend Donald Trump, President of the United States, made the following remarks :

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It seems that Pyongyang has had enough of this posturing and brinkmanship, and issued the following statement, via Ri Yong-ho, the North Korean Foreign Minister :

“Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership would not be around much longer and hence at last has declared war on us”

Mr Yong-ho continued,

“Because this comes from the current president of the United States, this is clearly a declaration of war.
Since the United States [has] declared war on us, we will have every right to take countermeasures including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace of our country”

Mr Yong-ho finished by saying,

“In light on the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operations table of the Supreme Leadership of the DPRK.”

“The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.”

Despite President Trump’s comments, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at a press briefing on Monday afternoon :

“We have not declared war on North Korea and the suggestion of that is absurd.”

And when questioned about North Korea’s threats to shoot down United States strategic bombers, Sanders replied :

” It’s never appropriate for a country to shoot down another countries aircraft while it’s over international waters.”
“Our goal is still the same we continue to seek the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, doing that through the maximum economic and diplomatic pressures at the moment.”

 

However, even with these assurances from the White House, Pentagon Spokesman Colonel Robert Manning has said :

“If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, we will make sure that we provide options to the President to deal with North Korea.”

 

We can only hope that this new looming nuclear destruction we are facing can be averted by diplomatic means.

 

 

sources :

North Korea says Donald Trump ‘declared war first’; reserves right to shoot down US bombers – ABC News

We have not declared war on North Korea – White House Newsroom (via CNN)

Mt Everest To Be Remeasured

Mt Everest stands somewhere between 8,844.43m and 8,850m above sea level, but how high exactly?

The summit of Mt Everest is the the highest point on land, however there is debate to exactly how high it is.

In 1999, The National Geographic Society determined, using satellite technology, that the summit sits at 8,850 metres above sea level.

In 2005, the Chinese expedition to the mountain found the summit to be at a height of 8,844.43 metres above sea level.

However the Nepalese maintain the mountain, which they call Sagarmatha, stands at 8,848 metres above sea level, as measured in the 1954 Survey of India.

But, since the earthquake of 2015, some have speculated that the ground beneath the Himalayas may have shifted and settled, causing the height of the great peaks at the roof of the world to come slightly closer to the sea below.

Also of note, some Everest expeditioners had reported that the Hillary Step had collapsed, a claim the Nepalese Government has denied.

Surveying is expected to begin in 2018.

Nepal to measure Mount Everest to settle debate – ABC News

Give International Peace Day A Chance

September 21st marks the International Day of Peace.

War is a terribly inefficient way to guide the future of humanity.
Rather than being a tool to decide upon who has the better ideas for the direction our species should go, it only serves to prove who has the superior weaponry, tactics, and luck.

Humanity can achieve so much more through collaboration and understanding, than through wholesale violence for political ends.

Today, as we find the world poised on the brink of nuclear holocaust, we should remember that peace begins with each of us, and that the world we see around us is the result of all of our collective choices.

eisenhower peace

Be excellent to each other. Give peace a chance.

Lake Eden at North Lakes

Lake Eden at North Lakes is located in the northern Brisbane suburb of North Lekes, approx  25km north of Brisbane City.

The lake is a large body of water, surrounded by parklands.

Around the perimeter of the lake runs a running track, and it runs for around a mile (1.6km) around the outside of the lake at North Lakes.

There are also playgrounds, BBQs , and local wildlife to keep all entertained.

Protip : get drunk on Passion Pop and play on the equipment at 3am, keep the dream alive! Don’t fall in the lake.

There is a golf course over the road to the west, and a shopping centre, Westfield North Lakes at North Lakes to the south.

Lake Eden at North Lakes. It’s a lake, at North Lakes, and it’s called Lake Eden.

Lake Eden at North Lakes – You Tube

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