m.a. and Jason go into philosophy. Firstly: eternal is not a time limit, not even with that questionable figment of "time" we use in our imaging about our universe (for visualizing a 'physical' system).

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Secondly it does not seem so safe to step out from our restricted and widely accepted solipsism of the so far learned (partially un-understood?) 'physical world' figments - using those terms we deduced from within such system (oscillatory, holographic, etc.). Thirdly: with infinite (not a number) ingredients potentially participating in unlimited Big Bangs (if we suppose such at all in terms of our yesterday's physical knowledge) in unrestricted topical variations - the probability (pardon me for that word what I find immaterial) of a TOTAL match between such events is negligible (call it zero?) And to Jason's "Lastly": I salute your indecisiveness about the term 'time' and its consequences, relativity or not. John M On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:39 PM, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 8:47 PM, m.a. <marty...@bellsouth.net> wrote: > >> Given modern physics and cosmology, does Nietzsche's idea of "eternal >> return" have any validity? m.a. >> >> -- > > > In a few ways I think it could be argued that it does. One is the > oscillatory universe idea, which will happen if the mass of the universe is > below a certain threshold or if the expansion rate is not constant and will > decrease. Currently it seems to be accelerating, however. It is theorized > (I think by Loop Quantum Gravity or string theory) that at a point when all > the matter in the universe comes to a single point (or close to that) > gravity will momentarily reverse and cause a new expansion. According to > the holographic principle, there is a finite number of ways the matter in a > finite volume of space can be arranged, so eventually the pattern will > repeat. > > Also, by eternal inflation you could say there are an infinite number of > big-bangs, and again some of them would be duplicates of the observable > universe. > > Lastly, you might argue that relativity's proposal of a 4-dimensional > space-time means we are always in every moment, which perhaps has similar > implications to the idea of living every moment of one's life an infinite > number of times. > > Jason > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To post to this group, send email to everything-list@googlegroups.com. > To unsubscribe from this group, send email to > everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit this group at > http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-list@googlegroups.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.