Hi Ronald,

    Some people, myself included, would be a lot more comfortable with the 
whole inflation idea if a) there where some experimental evidence of the 
scalar fields that are required and b) some sound explanation where given as 
to how an in principle unknowable phenomenon - the BB singularity itself - 
is any different from a Creative Deity, sans only the anthropomorphisms.
    R. Penrose, in his book Road to Reality,  brought up a very clear case 
that inflation does not solve the horizon problem when we consider causaly 
disjoint regions; has any one countered his arguement?

Kindest regards,


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "ronaldheld" <ronaldh...@gmail.com>
To: "Everything List" <everything-l...@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: Newbie Questions

I do not see the Inflation paradigm as ad-hoc, for it explains the
flatness, Horizon problem and lack of early universe relics better
than any other to date. Now the Big Bang may be replaced by
oscillating solutions from LQG or other theories, but AFAIK they still
need an Inflation period.

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