Thursday, March 15, 2007

And now for something completely different... a fractal universe...

The thing I love about science is it never stops thinking... Just when you though it was save to go back in the water along comes Jaws, or at least, the scientific equivalent of it.

I'm no scientist, but I love the simplicity of design. To my mind, the Big Bang never made sense, and not because I believe in the Creator, but because it is contrary to experience. Order never follows chaos.

So it is interesting to see the emergence of the fractal universe theory. To me, at least, it seems to hold true because it extends a simple concept found all around us in nature. So that the same holds true at the macro level of the universe is no surprise. The real surprise will be if the scientific community is open minded enough to embrace this dynamic concept and take it further.

Check it out for yourself

7 comments:

Jeremy Jacobs said...

A creationist eh?

Onyx Stone said...

Jeremy - actually AreYouStuck seems to be ready to think some new ideas. Why find a label as though his beliefs fit nicely in a box?

I object because that technique makes it easy to dismiss what someone says without reason.

Nevertheless, Jeremy, I know you to be a thinker too. So what do you make of the fractal universe? hee hee.

"Are you stuck?" asked Rabbit. "No," said Pooh, "I'm just resting and thinking and humming to myself." said...

I hate the fact that science and creation are seen as poles-apart... science is learning about the world around us, and so am I... so we're both heading in the right direction.

Although science tends to be a little more discipled about it than me, I don't think either of us have arrived there yet

:)

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Ho hum- This a topic which interests me to quite a degree. Personally, I think the Big Bang theory makes perfect sense if you conceive of the Big Bang as the unexplained appearence of a quanta of energy at a mathematical point- and tet the laws of thermodynamics do the rest.
Since by postulating Hawking Radiation, it is tacitly admitted that the laws of thermodymics operate even in asingularity, we can postulate that wverything else is the way it because it provides the most efficient way for the intial quanta of energy to reach zero point, as in the inevitable heat death.
The universe and everything init, and every law of physics can thus be brought down to one object-an energy quanta- and one law- All energy will move towards zero pint status by the most efficient route.

"Are you stuck?" asked Rabbit. "No," said Pooh, "I'm just resting and thinking and humming to myself." said...

On that site, there's an interesting image of a galactic cluster that's in the shape of a galaxy itself, which shows the hierarchal way in which fractals scale.

The Great Sloan Wall is fractal in nature, perhaps its part of a spiral arm and the visible universe is just a portion of a larger swirling object that looks like a galaxy of galactic clusters.

And perhaps that's just one among many more...

sys_fail_you said...

here's my 2 cents:
http://www.myspace.com/ingsocrock
-listen to "In The Form Of", creationist or not...
-rl

Anonymous said...

Just because these patterns exist does not mean that the big bang never existed. If anything, it means that the universe is governed by a set of rules that never change. Besides, we could be living in a pre-bigbang universe right now. Those who believe in the big bang also believe that we could be living in the center of a black hole. (Black holes do not need to be super dense. You could make one out of water if you had enough of it) So what's beyond the black hole? I sense a pattern. Also, there may be many universes that never interact with each other, but make up a sort of spongy-like pattern. Oh my! Another pattern. The lesson: Patterns are inevitable no matter how the universe begins.