I have rambled on at times about how the universe may have possibly began and have asked many questions. What was there before the Big Bang, for instance?
Today in the Daily Mail, on a letters page, there was an answer to one of my questions: What lies beyond the edge of the universe? The answer was from Michael Tempest. See what you think of his take on this:
However, saying there is nothing beyond the edge of the universe doesn't mean that space is empty - it means the space doesn't exist.
As the universe expands it creates time and space, and the difficulty we have is that the concepts of time and space on a cosmic scale are alien to our domestic experience and we find it difficult to comprehend them.
We on Earth are, at one and the same same time, both at the centre of, and the extremity of, the universe.
This apparently perverse situation is explained by Stephen Hawking using the analogy of an inflated balloon covered in dots. No dot is in the middle of, nor at the edge of, the surface.
The same applies to the universe but with the an extra dimension added. It is quite conceivable that there are multiple universes, but if so, by definition, we'll never know."
Perplexing questions! But, as Xenophanes, suggested - but in different words - How Can Man Imagine A God Who Is Undefinable? I guess one day we will understand, or is that wishful or even delusional thinking?
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