On Tue, 4 May 1999, Gale wrote:
> Jacques M Mallah wrote:
> >         It never ceases to amaze me that many people who are adamantly
> > opposed to the MWI accept an infinite universe without blinking an eye.
> > This analogy also shows that the MWI is really a conservative hypothesis.
> That is quite interesting.  Especially since priors on how a universe
> might form tend to suggest finite universes.  
> >         Right.  Although I suppose one could generalize the idea of a
> > non-MWI infinite universe to include such things as Lee Smolin's universes
> > that are produced by black holes.
> >         Current observations indicate that our universe is open and
> > suggest that the expansion is accelerating.
> I read current findings as general agreement on a hyperbolic geometry
> (with accelerating expansion even) but that whether this is associated
> with a closed or open universe is still undecided.

        That's interesting.  I thought most people agreed that a
non-collapsing universe would be open.  It remains true, that many people 
believe that, but maybe not the most knowledgeable people.  I don't really
know that much about current hypotheses on universe formation ...

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              Jacques Mallah ([EMAIL PROTECTED])
       Graduate Student / Many Worlder / Devil's Advocate
"I know what no one else knows" - 'Runaway Train', Soul Asylum
            My URL: http://pages.nyu.edu/~jqm1584/

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