Black Holes May All Contain Other Universes

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It's mind blowin' time! According to a new theory, every black hole contains a smaller alternate universe. And our universe might just exist inside a black hole in a much larger universe. Ah-whaaaaaa?


According to Indiana University physicist Nikodem Poplawski, the matter that black holes absorb don't condense into singularities. Instead, they pop out the other side and become the building blocks for whole other universes in another reality.

This would explain what happened before our Big Bang: it popped out of a black hole from another, much larger universe. Everything came out of a "white hole," if you will.

Gamma ray bursts occur at the fringes of the known universe. They appear to be associated with supernovae, or star explosions, in faraway galaxies, but their exact sources are a mystery. (Related: "Gamma-Ray Burst Caused Mass Extinction?")

Poplawski proposes that the bursts may be discharges of matter from alternate universes. The matter, he says, might be escaping into our universe through supermassive black holes-wormholes-at the hearts of those galaxies, though it's not clear how that would be possible.

"It's kind of a crazy idea, but who knows?" he said.

Yeah, kind of! [National Geographic via The Daily What]



Toot-Toot! Here comes the lurid sensationalism train!

Let me take a look at this and explicate why it is totally wrong for multiple reasons.

1. The universe is, by definition, everything. This means that everything cannot come from something, because there is nothing else. If he is changing the definition of universe, then it is not clear to what he is changing it, though even then he is wrong, because...

2. There is only one reality. What does multiple realities even mean? If it means: another place a long distance away from use where different matter acts suspiciously like the matter here, i.e., there are people just like us but slightly different, then that is only arbitrary and stupid, not necessarily impossible. If he means that it is the same matter doing something different on another plane of existence, then, of course, that is impossible, because A=A, and something cannot be simultaneously two different things.

3. If this is supposed to be some great mystery-solving theory, then it fails. We move up a level, and that is all. Where did the universe come from? Another universe! And that one? Maybe another one. And so on. Where did the first one come from? No answer. This kind of theory is just as stupid and useless as any positing God as the ultimate source of everything, because you still run into the problem of where did he come from? There is no need for such mental contortions.Creatio ex nihilo is an invalid concept, therefore the universe is eternal. Once you grasp the fact that reality is, and that it cannot come from nothing or become nothing, then there is no need for an arbitrary source for everything, because the ultimate answer would be the same: the source is eternal. Why pointlessly create a source when you could apply the same solution to the things themselves?

4. Inflation is ridiculous and impossible. The laws of reality are not flexible, and were not different at the time of the Big Bang, which did not happen, because the universe cannot be created, has no age, and has simply always been. The universe cannot expand or contract; such an event would mean the creation of nothingness or of matter, both of which are impossible.

5. Not strictly related but the article links to another about this: time travel. Is there any notion so insane as this? Time is a measurement of motion. That is it. There is no "time" through which to travel. Time travel, in the literal sense, would mean somehow reconstructing all pieces of matter to be in the same position and state as they were at some point in the past (in the valid sense of the term "past"). This all stems from Einstein's grievous error that time and space are relative, which they are not. If you take the principle that time is relative, then there is no restriction on time travel. Of course, I do not need to lay out all of the inanities and contradictions that even the simplest thought experiment will show are entailed by time travel. Time is a measurement of change of things, and space is a measurement of distance between things, therefore, no matter the speed of motion at which something is moving, these things are absolute; they are completely independent of the moving object or person. The ultimate cause of all of this is a disregard for what is. Physical concretes are all that are. Regarding nonentities like space and time as existents is what causes all the fatuous "scientific" theories that are bandied about by people who (rightly) look down upon religion, but take all of its contradictions and errors uncritically in their own investigations of the universe and physics, and, not content with that, actually create new ones. They say: "Do not listen to that stupid religious nonsense, it does not hold to the laws of logic! Instead, take our ideas, we have proven logic false, but unlike the mystics, we have done so logically!" Is there any wonder as to why people are irrational and hostile to science when their alternative is this?

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