Our Reality Is Even Stranger Than You Think
I understand the urge to be absorbed into a media that caters to simpletons with insignificant drivel, or even outright lies. I bet even the smart people do it. Think of the most intelligent person in your life, and I bet you my bottom dollar that from time to time, even they like to crack open a beer and watch the game. With a world like ours, how couldn't you take a break from trying to understand it every now and then?
I digress. It's so easy to lose sight of the real world around you. Which is a little ironic when you think about it. Human beings love keeping track of the world around them, even if they follow garbage sometimes. What with the 24 hour news cycle, and the internet spewing out more information in a day than existed a thousand years before, we love being informed about the world. And yet, it continues to surprise us every day. What we believed to be true one day is often disproved the next, and it seems like we never reach the finish line when it comes to the pursuit of knowledge. If we can never get a good handle on the nature of our world, what else don't we know? Do we know anything at all?
For instance, according to three researchers from the Perimeter Institute, our world may be far stranger than we could have imagined. They've come up with an alternative theory to the “Big Bang”, and they claim they can back it up mathematically. This should be welcomed with open arms by the scientific community, because apparently, the current theory doesn't really explain very much.
According to the original Big Bang theory, our universe was birthed from a singularity, where the laws of physics and nature as we know them, don't apply. Science was faced with an unknown event, i.e. the birth of the universe, and attempted to explain it in an equally baffling way. Saying our reality was formed by an event that defied the laws of that very same reality, isn't any better than saying we poofed into existence at the hands of a Santa Claus (if any of you reading this have a science degree of some kind, please feel free to make fun of me in the comments).
So the big brains at the Perimeter Institute developed a new theory. Our Universe wasn't spawned from an unexplainable event, but was created out of a black hole. Not just any black hole though, but a black hole from a collapsed star, existing in a higher dimension:
According to the researchers' newly proposed theory, however, our universe was never inside a singularity. Rather,it arose outside the event horizon of a black hole — a black hole from another, higher-dimensional universe. It was thus protected from the singularity.
Though it's a difficult concept to wrap the mind around, this new idea is just one level up from our current understanding of how black holes operate. In our three-dimensional universe, black holes have two-dimensional event horizons; that is, they are surrounded by a two-dimensional boundary that marks the "point of no return" for any object plummeting toward the black hole's center.
In a theoretical four-dimensional universe, however, black holes would instead possess three-dimensional event horizons. So the researchers' new theory suggests that our three-dimensional universe is nothing more than a "mirage" caused by a star collapsing into a black hole in such a four-dimensional universe.I have to ask, is there an even bigger fifth dimension that is spewing out fourth dimensional realities? Also, are all of the black holes in our universe creating tiny two dimensional realities? Is all of existence just one infinite fractal? It's either that or we came from magic, or as I tend to believe, some kind of deity is holding this ship together.
See what happens when you look away from your TV for a few moments? Everything you understood about the world just turned on its head. So yeah, I totally get it. Being sucked into the media is just too easy. It's all so understandable. So black and white. Good and Evil are so easily defined. Underwhelming, and yet somehow comforting. Boring, but safe...
You've got a choice. Are you going to sit back and watch the big game, or are you going stand up and play the real game? No matter what happens, you're going to be missing out on something. Are you going to miss out on the latest episode of whatever is passing for entertainment these days? Or are you going to miss out on your incredible life in this amazing and bizarre reality?
Last question. How much longer until someone thinks of an even stranger explanation of our universe? It has happened before and it's bound to happen again. I hope you're not busy flipping channels when it does.
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