Ask A Genius 343 – Samaria’s and Judah’s God, Big Bang, Steady State, and IC (2)
December 22, 2017
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Rick Rosner: I have half-assedly worked on it, through 36 years with that stuff turning into what we have been calling IC or Information Cosmology, where the universe only looks big bangy, but it’s a structure that is older than it appears to be.
Go back to Steady State Theory in the fifties with Fred Hoyle and a couple of other people who suggested that, in places in the universe where there is not a lot of matter, the matter would spontaneously be created.
So, that when you had enough matter accumulating in previously under-mattered or underpopulated parts of the universe, that matter would eventually coalesce into galaxies. The universe was imagined in time.
It looked big bangy because it was always forming new galaxies that were pushing out. So, you always had new galaxies popping up and going through their life cycles. So, the principle of regularity, of non-specialness is a big principle in physics, that you are not in a special place in the universe.
Space that works under big bang; that if the universe is expanding uniformly from an initial singularity, like the surface of a balloon, which is the standard analogy, there is no favored place on the surface of a balloon.
It disregards the neck of a balloon. It’s an expanding ball. Everybody feels like they are in the centre of this expanding universe, but every point on the ball feels like the centre. There is no special place.
So, the Big Bang has no favored position in the universe in space. On the other hand, every moment in the Big Bang universe is a unique moment in time. No moment in time is like any other moment in time because you are on the surface of this expanding ball which acts like a clock.
You can tell how late it is in the universe, because of the size of the ball, gives you the age of the ball. In Steady State Theory, you always have new universes popping through, more galaxies popping into it, gradually popping into space in existence.
So, the universe may be expanding and may be expanding, but it’s expanding because new matter, and new space is always being created. So, as the universe expands, new stuff arises to fill the space between old stuff.
So, you got a universe in time and you can’t tell what time it is in the universe because every moment looks the same. But that’s not how the universe operates. There is no observational evidence to say that, “No, you don’t have new galaxies popping up in the spaces between old galaxies.”
However, I have the same idea because the universe is on a vast time scale. Imagine that the apparent age of the universe is proportional to the amount of information in the universe, you do have processes which cycle, not cycle within a solution to General Relativity.
There are solutions to a General Relativity universe that works from a similarity; it doesn’t have enough energy to keep expanding. It collapses back to a singularity and then expanse back outwards again.
So, it’s breathing, basically, going from zero space out to a bunch of space, then collapsing back to zero space. I’m not talking about that solution. I’m talking about a universe that has active information in the centre.
If that universe becomes irrelevant to information processing being done, that information can slide out of the centre to the outskirts where it’s in a stasis for several reasons. Then when it’s relevant again, it can be brought back into the active centre of the universe.
But in the active centre of the universe, it looks like it’s 13.8 billion years old, or much older than 13.8 billion years, but 13.8 billion Years apparent age of the universe is how much is a measure, how much information is currently active in the central arena of information processing of the universe. Alright, that’s enough of that.
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