Re: The Physics of Immortality

jakob rębild (
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 11:16:45 +0200

Bryan Moss/Anders Sandberg wrote:

> I haven't read the book (I only became aware that
> there was a book after following several links
> from your own web site) but I read the reviews and
> wondered if Tipler had specifically said this was
> the Christian God. I looked it up at Amazon and
> the reviewers were split between those who think
> it's the ultimate satire and those who think
> Tipler's trying to confuse them with physics.
> Strangely, no religious persons had commented.

i haven't read the book either, but the religious people i know praise it highly because it does support eternal life. funny thing is i believe i actually have the book somewhere, not sure if i'll get around to read it anytime soon though. eternal life becomes boring after a while (more than enough litterature on the subject as it is)

> If the universe is open, would it be possible to
> collapse it?

not probable, the known universe was coded before microsoft was founded. it seems to run on a fairly stabile os...

> Or if not collapse it, how about
> constructing a massively dense *thing* with a huge
> gravitational pull and dragging all the other
> matter our way. Seems like a good alternative to
> interstellar travel.

sounds dangerous, wouldn't we end up with all matter in one place, making way for even more planetary coalitions? i think the alternative we're looking for is more like 'bending space' and/or space/time holes. haven't quite figured out the way to do it yet, but i gather that your grav pull machine isn't quite finished yet either. ;)

jakob :o)