Neil Degrasse has been quoted speaking of the Universe as concieveably being a simulation. Is such a notion plausibly possible?

Neil Degrasse has been quoted speaking of the Universe as concieveably being a simulation. Is such a notion plausibly possible?

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Since Big Science (aka taxpayer subsidized science) became a reality, a list that includes "best explanation" or "best hypothesis" is woefully incomplete, and even dishonest, without an item titled "hypothesis most generously supported by taxpayers".

Suppose that the universe is finite and suppose also that the larger context (assuming our universe is but part of a multiverse) is finite as well, and non-eternal to boot...

Boggles the mind.

Some minds are more easily boggled than others.

My 12 years in RC schools, where a few boys said I was a doubting Thomas, persuaded me to rely on evidence. I have an immunity to boggle-inducing stuff like the BB story.

Bangers might do well as scifi writers, but serious writing requires a mind disciplined enough to write regularly and often.

Its typically about context.

When we say the universe is infinite, we mean all the space....and, that means, you can't HAVE a boundary, as then what's on the other side?

The KNOWN universe is not "THE Universe" though, albeit, confusingly, we often forget to make the distinction.

So, for example, our known universe is expanding, into the empty space provided by the rest of THE Universe....think "spacetime" is expanding for us...into space.

The tests to falsify the bang have shown it to work...all its predictions were true, and no conflicting evidence was found.

Its analogous to sailing to America from Russia, England, China, India, landing on it, and knowing where it is, and its general outline, etc...and realizing its a large land mass...but not knowing why the trees on one side are so much taller and older, how the mountain ranges were made, where the volcanoes and fault lines are, etc...that remaining info was uncharted territory.

So, dark matter, energy/radiation...is, so far, just SOMETHING out there that has gravitational effects, such that it interacts with visible/detectable matter and energy...and, which when two galaxies collide and pass through each other, this stuff interacts with ITSELF TOO, so as to result in a clump/area of it where the collision was...and it was left behind.

We only know it exists due to its gravitational effects, and, cannot detect it directly.

This same effect is how some planets and other bodies were discovered...we saw SOMETHING was applying gravity out there, but could not SEE it...directly.

Later improvements in detection ability allowed us to finally SEE Pluto, Uranus, Neptune, etc.

The detection of what the dark stuff is made of though, so far, is uncharted territory.

So, for example, our known universe is expanding, into the empty space provided by the rest of THE Universe....think "spacetime" is expanding for us...into space.

But the concept of "the universe" encompasses everything, including the empty space, and we now know that there is no such thing as literally empty space. Space unoccupied by anything else still consists of something physicists refer to as quantum form. 

OR, is there some sort of edge to that quantum foam?

So, whether the universe is infinite or not depends upon how you handle the space beyond the known universe.

Recent discoveries in cosmology have revealed unexplained structure to the universe that appear to defy the existing models of the BB unfolding of the universe. There is a vast empty zone when all models require near uniform distribution presuming a point origin of the BB. Also super massive black holes appear in the young universe. But there is no time to evolve them based on stellar consumption yet these structures are vital the vast clusters of galaxies and the individual galaxies themselves, let alone the distribution of dark matter. Thus vast structure of indeterminate origins under given cosmological models.
Thus the backdrop in which life appears is mysterious yet vital for its existence. Thus further fueling the fire to the anthropic principle.

God exists!

Scientifically we are only lending credence to a simulation and uncovering further evidence.

God did that!

She sure as hell did!

Is doG humanoid?

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