Re: CHAT: What statement? abyss staring

From: scerir (
Date: Sun Apr 08 2001 - 17:12:53 MDT

J. R. Molloy:
<Reality open at both ends means open topographically and temporally, a
hyper-spacetime continuum that's open to the infinitesimal as well as the
infinite, and the past as well as the future. Color me contraire, but an
"open" system that has a definite beginning and infinite future doesn't seem
as open as one with no beginning and no end.>

Actually a theorem by Hawking and Penrose (Proc. Roy. Soc. Lon. A-314, 529)
shows that, if general relativity is correct, there is a singularity at
which all physical laws would break down. A singularity does not belong to
the space-time because those physical laws would not hold in there.
So will the Beginning and the End be singularities?

But in quantum cosmology the so called "no boundary proposal" for the
quantum state of the universe means that any time coordinate has a minimum
and also a maximum. And that is quite a different story.

Are the Eternal Recurrence, or the Open Way, just a sort of philosophy?

- s.

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly" - G.K.Chesterton

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