Sunday, November 21, 2010

Infinite Universes?

While I have stated that our understanding of the universe should be guided by science and facts, I just wanted to express my opinion about something. I am suggesting that all this "infinite universes" stuff is simply not true. It is my belief - based on very little information other than my daily life - that there is only one universe - the one we live in. In fact, this fits in with my theory about the meaning of life (on this web site), which is more fact based.

However, I think it would not be all that difficult to test my theory and find out who is wrong. While it is easy for physicists to come up with fancy theories about this and that, why not test these? I'm sure this has happened, but has anyone tested the theory that there is only one universe, and we are in it?

I am reminded of the ancient Greek thought exercise, where a man could never catch up with a tortoise, because he would cross half the distance, then half of that, then half of that...for infinity, because the halves could always get smaller. Viable on paper, but simply not true.

It's not much proof, but when we are born, our sense organs become adjusted to what - the world we live in. These have evolved over millions of years to unchanging phenomena, such as light. Our eyes see colors because they are adapted to a set spectrum of light. If we lived in a universe without rules or changing rules, why wouldn't we just adapt to that? We would simply be multiple universe creatures.

Anyway, my focus has been more on biology and this is just my opinion, not even a theory, but it just occurred to me that all this infinite universes stuff might be so much dead-end thinking.


That energy guy said...

In short, EXPANSION - of energy, life, love and more ...

Science shows there is actually a purpose to all life - as well as meaning of individual life - something that reconciles modern science with ancient scriptures and spiritual writings!

It is energy and its flow and balance.

One of the most important principles of energy is that it doesn’t like differences and works out ways to reduce and balance them. This is why energy flows and expands from where it is concentrated (like the sun) out into the colder universe. This flow sometimes sees energy join with other bits of energy in a process that ultimately formed chemicals and then molecules - and life, according to the latest science.

It might not seem a noble purpose to help energy flow and balance, but science shows that it is the ultimate purpose of all life. Expansion of physical things, such as having children, expansion of mental things such as gaining knowledge, and expansion of spiritual things such as happiness all keep us busy day-to-day – and in turn help energy flow.

The same laws of energy indicate that a meaning of your own life is to find how your energy flows best. This can be as simple as determining what you are truly passionate about or what you do better than anyone else.

How you use energy best varies for everyone - therefore, everyone has a slightly different meaning to someone else. Is this science echoing those scriptures that suggest you have your own unique ‘gift’ that you should use? If you look at ancient scriptures and spiritual writings in terms of energy you start to realise that they, and modern science, are all saying something similar.

Whatever you believe, whether you agree with the science or not energy is integral to life. Yet few of us ever consider this and the difference that in doing so can make to your life.

Find out more on your own meaning – and vote on what you think the purpose of life is at

Anonymous said...

Good one. I really wish more people would take this approach to life, there is a profoundly rational principle that underlies it: "Existence exists". Too many people, including scientists, and especially academics and "modern" philosophers, are looking for alternative explanations and parallel universes when there is nothing in the evidence available to support such theories. There are so many unanswered questions, but to start answering them by postulating other dimensions and causeless events (as in quantum physics) is rocking the basic axioms of science and is simply wrong. Nothing in reality is infinite, everything that exists has an identity and everything that exists is something real. Funny that this needs to be explicitly stated and underscored in our age of "science".

It is therefore not necessary to "test" (how would this even be done) whether we live in one universe or not, or whether it is infinite or not, because a rational philosophy starts out by stating "existence exists, and only existence exists". If not, you will have to deal with all kinds of "magical" worlds, parallel universes and other dimensions, and you end up with the kind of mess that cosmology and quantum physics are today, with its causeless events, dark entities, extra dimensions and whatnot. If you want the big questions answered, you cannot start out by saying something like "maybe there is a parallel universe...", you might as well answer them with God, or some other magical/mythical being.

Theories that include irrational elements like "infinite parallel universes" are effects of the irrational philosophic ideas that dominate our culture today. To a rational philosophy these theories are on the same level as religion, they are all arbitrary. Philosophy is the base of science, and that is the reason why scientists (not all of them though) are looking for answers in all the wrong places.

- Frustrated Optimist

Source of Information said...

Thanks, Optimist. Well said. And yes, there did seem to me to be a link between irrational times and "irrational" science. Further, what function would infinite universes serve? Of course, this is not my area of expertise, but it was just something I was thinking about.