On 7 November 2013 16:33, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

> OK, but that doesn't alleviate the confusion. If anything it makes it
> worse. What exactly can we deduce from the entropy of the observable
> universe being approximately maximal when measured by other means, given
> that the BB apparently places a bound on the entropy that can exist inside
> a given volume? Assuming the universe to be, say, 250 times larger than the
> hubble sphere (for the sake of argument) the BB would say that the maximum
> entropy it can contain is 62,500 times the entropy of the hubble sphere.
> No it doesn't say that.  The BB applies to an event horizon, not just any
> spherical volume.  In an expanding universe there is only one specific
> radius where the boundary is moving away at c, and that's an event horizon.

I could have sworn that JB's article in Scientific American said this
applied to *any* sphere. The impression I got was that If the sphere isn't
an event horizon, it's because the information within it is less than the
BB. Once you pile enouigh stuff into it to exceed the BB you get a black
hole. Or did I misunderstand what he was saying?

I had a look on the fount of all knowledge and it doesn't mention that the
BB only applies to event horizons ...

In fact I think it implies that an event horizon forms when the information
content of the enclosed volume reaches the BB....I think....!

So my question stands.

> As to what we can deduce from it...that's a good question.
It would seem to have interesting cosmological implications. (I'm not sure
what they are, though!) Maybe that the hubble sphere is an event horizon -
which I guess it is, from our viewpoint.

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