Indeed, reckons Sean Carroll, at Caltech:
“..something outside our observable universe or before the period of inflation left a relic, left some imprint on what we can observe today,”
Where does it stop? Why should it? The discontinuity implicit in a finite number of nested universes would need some hectic mathematical modelling.
Speaking of discontinuities, today is Youth Day in South Africa, when we remember the Soweto uprising and the trail of ash and smoke it left across the country in 1976.
I was grateful to my partner this morning for kicking my mind out of a rut. I had always taken it for granted that this particular June 16th happened mainly because the students were being instructed in Afrikaans, the language of the oppressor. So my elders had told me-I was 16 in that year and finishing school in Rhodesia;I have no recollection of the events as they unfolded.
Well, Warren commented that he had always believed that the students were not , up to that point, taught in Afrikaans at all, and that this was a silly idea since most of their teachers were Black and would rather use their own mother tongues.
The truth probably lies somewhere between these two indoctrinations.
Public holidays like this one are an opportunity for me to take long daytime naps, play music all day, and let my mind hum along in standby mode. Unfortunately, this often results in painful searchings of my personal past as well. At times like this I feel very close to breaking into tearful tantrums, remembering the days when my son was still with me, wanting to yell gone, all gone, and it’s never coming back! at the universe (err…or universes) at large, sometimes with a ghostly undercurrent of a feeling that I’m alive in a dream right now, and when I awaken I will see all the heartache as a vivid nightmare. But I can’t live as if that were so. I’ve loaded this task onto myself, and I have to work through it.
Gods bless the youth of this country and of all other nations of the world – may they see more clearly, and act less lazily, than many of their forebears have done.
Pic: Latest with Andrea, whoever she may be.