Open/Closed Universe 2

Twink (
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 19:43:04 -0500 (EST)

At 01:56 PM 11/25/97 -0500, Estacado <> wrote:
> Epistemologically there are zero reasons for believing a closed
>universe is even possible.

Though I tend to favor the open universe notion, what exactly is an
epistemological reason in this context? As opposed to what other
type of reason?

>In 20-25 years, when physicists favor
>honesty over grant money, emotions, and public opinion the answer
>will be obvious to everyone. (And I won't be humble enough to refrain
>from saying "I told you so".)

Grant money and government involvement certainly does influence
research, but it remains to be shown that the influence here is in the
direction of supporting a closed universe theory.

Daniel Ust