RE: Time - Crunch or Stretch? (was Re: Big Bang is Bunk)

From: Reason (
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 01:58:08 MDT

> In fact isn't that part of the Omega Point theory? That at some
> point our
> computational speed will approach the infinite, making it possible to
> experience nearly infinite thoughts/computations within the finite time
> before the heat death or Big Crunch?

I should point out that the cosomology has moved on from this one -- poor
Tipler outlined a great and moving final resurrection analogy (pretty
similar to Greg Bear's storyline in Eternity, funnily enough, small
universe), but the cosmological underpinnings of his model were pulled out
from under his feet within twelve months of publication.

Insofar as we can say anything about the future behavior of the universe,
the big crunch seems to be an increasingly outside bet. Long, cold, dark and
isotropic is the current forerunner...

...not that we don't get to experience a subjective eternity in either case.
It's a funny old world.


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