« on: 17/02/2024 02:21:39 »
If space is infinite, and the universe has always existed, I see no reason to believe that the inflationary epoch is unique, and don't see it as being universal, since an infinite universe doesn't inflate. Inflation and the observed expansion smack of a finite era, in a universe that has an infinite history, occupies infinite space, and can accommodate infinite variables.
If there was no beginning, then the true meaning of "infinite and eternal" can take its rightful place, for anyone who buys into that perspective.
That perspective says that what is going on in our local 93 billion light year neighborhood represents only a minute fraction of space and time. If you grant that the universe is infinite and eternal, the thinking might be that, on a grand scale, the universe may have looked and acted essentially the same forever, including an infinite history of bangs and crunches, local expansions and contractions, and repeated spontaneous origin of lifeforms here and there, time and time again.
Those circumstances would mean science and philosophy would have to broaden their perspective to consider new viewpoints, and there must be some thinkers among them who would be willing to entertain such radicalism quietly among themselves, lol.
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