Why the universe could be about to collapse on us.

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A perfect foil for all that holiday glee and cheeriness ....

Instead of explaining the subatomic science of this to you, disregarding my sometimes reluctant past lessons in quantum physics, I will let experts at the University of Southern Denmark explain this one. Go get that bucket list sorted!

Why the universe could be about to collapse on us | News.com.au

For the more scientific inclined: from Science 2.0 - Big Crunch Beta Functions: The End Of The Universe Is Closer Than You Think
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I would think that even "sooner than we think" is long enough for none of us here to actually put it on the "doom and gloom worry list" huh?

    Might be a good time to start selling doppler equip and tell the doomsday crowd to watch daily for the shift to turn from red to blue and when it does, they can start the "we're all gonna die" parties. LMAO - that should keep em busy for awhile.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Sooner or later a radical shift in the forces of the universe will cause every little particle in it to become extremely heavy.
    What will cause this radical shift? What exactly is this radical shift?

    Oh, it's a theory.

    If you buy my Universe Anti-Collapse insurance you won't have to worry about the universe collapsing. And if it does, you will not only collect on the insurance policy, but I'll refund every single one of your monthly premiums.

    At only $5 a month, it's insurance you can't afford to be without.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      What will cause this radical shift? What exactly is this radical shift?

      Oh, it's a theory.

      If you buy my Universe Anti-Collapse insurance you won't have to worry about the universe collapsing. And if it does, you will not only collect on the insurance policy, but I'll refund every single one of your monthly premiums.

      At only $5 a month, it's insurance you can't afford to be without.
      I'm sorry, Dennis. Your insurance seems to cover only one of the 4 theories (3?) of how the universe will end. It's just not comprehensive enough for me. Do you have an umbrella "Absolute Doomsday" policy we could look at instead?
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      • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
        quantum physics

        Come one, come all, folks. Need a "scientific sounding word" to give your harebrained idea credibility? Just say "quantum physics".

        Don't have a compelling argument, and are you stuck babbling incoherently? Just bring out "quantum physics".

        Yes, by saying the words "quantum physics", your friends will no longer laugh at your screwy ideas. Suddenly, they will say "Hmmmm, he did say quantum physics...there must be something to this idea.

        Remember folks...just say quantum physics, and all your hallucinations will sound credible.
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        • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          quantum physics

          Come one, come all, folks. Need a "scientific sounding word" to give your harebrained idea credibility? Just say "quantum physics".

          Don't have a compelling argument, and stuck babbling incoherently? Just bring out "quantum physics".

          Yes, by saying the words "quantum physics", your friends will no longer laugh at your screwy ideas. Suddenly, they will say "Hmmmm, he did say quantum physics...there must be something to this idea.

          Remember folks...just say quantum physics, and all your hallucinations will sound credible.
          That's so terribly pathetic but so terribly true. I've seen it happen many places, as I'm sure you have too. I HATE how those two words have been used to justify the most backwards ideas ever conceived by new-age hippies.
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        • Profile picture of the author HeySal
          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          quantum physics

          Come one, come all, folks. Need a "scientific sounding word" to give your harebrained idea credibility? Just say "quantum physics".

          Don't have a compelling argument, and are you stuck babbling incoherently? Just bring out "quantum physics".

          Yes, by saying the words "quantum physics", your friends will no longer laugh at your screwy ideas. Suddenly, they will say "Hmmmm, he did say quantum physics...there must be something to this idea.

          Remember folks...just say quantum physics, and all your hallucinations will sound credible.
          Would you be more comfy if we said "Astronomy"? This one fits.
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        • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          quantum physics

          Come one, come all, folks. Need a "scientific sounding word" to give your harebrained idea credibility? Just say "quantum physics".

          Don't have a compelling argument, and are you stuck babbling incoherently? Just bring out "quantum physics".

          Yes, by saying the words "quantum physics", your friends will no longer laugh at your screwy ideas. Suddenly, they will say "Hmmmm, he did say quantum physics...there must be something to this idea.

          Remember folks...just say quantum physics, and all your hallucinations will sound credible.
          The other way to sound faux clever (and impress I don't know who) is to say "As Einstein said..." followed by words that don't resemble anything he ever said.
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          • Profile picture of the author Horny Devil
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            Every second counts. Best stick with the eggs done sunny side up rather than over-easy, until this blows over.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
            Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

            The other way to sound faux clever (and impress I don't know who) is to say "As Einstein said..." followed by words that don't resemble anything he ever said.
            Oh, this thread just keeps getting betterer and betterer. Let me use your faux clever with Claudes and see how I do now...
            So, um, as Einstein said, let's have some quantum physics on toast.
            Yeah baby, I'm feeling smarterer already.
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            • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
              Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

              Oh, this thread just keeps getting betterer and betterer. Let me use your faux clever with Claudes and see how I do now...
              So, um, as Einstein said, let's have some quantum physics on toast.
              Yeah baby, I'm feeling smarterer already.
              Yeah, I agree that.... Hey! What do you mean "Faux clever"?

              My cleverness has been documented by the same people that declared that four out of five dentists recommend that you brush your teeth. :rolleyes:

              And Where The Hell Is Riffle!!!????
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              • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                And Where The Hell Is Riffle!!!????
                Lurking in the shadows, waiting to pounce.
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              • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
                Originally Posted by David Braybrooke View Post

                Gawd, what a thread. Total hijack job!
                I'll just take the insurance Mr G. Does it cover pets too?
                Sorry, but I knew if I didn't lighten the heavy doom some of my OT pals would be a stewin' and frettin' all night and wouldn't be able to sleep. I probably saved a lot of lives.

                Besides, this is the OT. Thread hijacking is an art form down here.

                Pets...yeah, sure. I won't even charge you extra since you started the thread.

                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                Yeah, I agree that.... Hey! What do you mean "Faux clever"?

                My cleverness has been documented by the same people that declared that four out of five dentists recommend that you brush your teeth. :rolleyes:
                Seriously? I didn't even know 4 out of 5 dentists knew me! Being famous is crazy!!
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      • Profile picture of the author dave147
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post


        If you buy my Universe Anti-Collapse insurance you won't have to worry about the universe collapsing. And if it does, you will not only collect on the insurance policy, but I'll refund every single one of your monthly premiums.

        At only $5 a month, it's insurance you can't afford to be without.
        Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

        I'm sorry, Dennis. Your insurance seems to cover only one of the 4 theories (3?) of how the universe will end. It's just not comprehensive enough for me. Do you have an umbrella "Absolute Doomsday" policy we could look at instead?
        His other policies are upsells. His anti-collapse insurance policy is to get his foot-in-the-door, to build trust, then he will upsell you on the "Absolute Doomsday" policy
        this one will be more than $5 a month, but well worth it though

        Great policy Dennis, can I pay you in Bitcoins?
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        • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
          Groan, not more of this crap!


          Global warming was bad enough, now we will have the eternal argument whether we will be compressed and fried or not?


          I tend to think that the universe is eternal, although l am not discounting a beginning.

          And it constantly expands and contracts over 312 million years, last point of maximum expansion was roughly new years eve, 2012.

          And since our brains can't handle infinity, we shy away from it, to come up with other ideas, including this nonsense.

          Infinity is just space time curved around to give the impression of continual flow, or reality is curved!

          A circular path is infinite, so it isn't that big a thing to get your head around! :rolleyes:


          And particles going faster than light-speed may be going at right angles to 3 dimensional space, time cube, but that is just a theory!


          See Claude didn't use the Quantum Theory word at all! He, he!


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          • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
            Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post


            I tend to think that the universe is eternal, although l am not discounting a beginning.

            And it constantly expands and contracts over 312 million years, last point of maximum expansion was roughly new years eve, 2012.
            Ummm really? Are you saying that The Universe stopped expanding (meaning our universe) on New Years eve, 2012? Did you know that the universe is huge? And galaxies flying away from each other at millions of miles an hour...all reversed course....at one time...on New Year's Eve...Did you know that our year has nothing to do with the trillions of suns in the billions of galaxies? But everything stopped expanding ...on New Years Eve....? Muuhhhuuhhaaahaa We need to notify every astrophysicist. This is HUGE.

            Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

            And since our brains can't handle infinity, we shy away from it, to come up with other ideas, including this nonsense.
            Our brains can't handle infinity? We invented the term. We gave it meaning. The whole concept was invented by us.

            The second law of thermodynamics..as said by Albert Einstein... is that if you cannot invent a concept and then say that you don't understand what it means.

            Oh, and Merry Quantum Physics.
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            • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
              Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

              Ummm really? Are you saying that The Universe stopped expanding (meaning our universe) on New Years eve, 2012? Did you know that the universe is huge? And galaxies flying away from each other at millions of miles an hour...all reversed course....at one time...on New Year's Eve...Did you know that our year has nothing to do with the trillions of suns in the billions of galaxies? But everything stopped expanding ...on New Years Eve....? Muuhhhuuhhaaahaa We need to notify every astrophysicist. This is HUGE.


              Our brains can't handle infinity? We invented the term. We gave it meaning. The whole concept was invented by us.

              The second law of thermodynamics..as said by Albert Einstein... is that if you cannot invent a concept and then say that you don't understand what it means.

              Oh, and Merry Quantum Physics.

              This is getting into what mystics believe, and what l sensed!

              But l won't get into that, but that is what l believe!


              No, what l am saying is ask someone to imagine infinity, it can't be done, our minds have kittens!

              But our minds can handle space, time being curved, or a three dimensional space time environment being warped by a 4 dimensional form, (for want of a better word) that gives the illusion of infinity but it really isn't!


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              • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
                Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

                This is getting into what mystics believe, and what l sensed!
                Forgive me.
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                • Profile picture of the author DJL
                  Actually, this was first propounded at the
                  South Hampton Institute of Technology.
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                  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
                    Originally Posted by DJL View Post

                    Actually, this was first propounded at the
                    South Hampton Institute of Technology.
                    Jeez what genius missed that one. LOL. That's really unfortunate for the school store. They usually make a bundle from the tee-shirts.

                    Claude - I agree. We CAN imagine infinity in the form of our own immortality -- it's the end of existence that we don't seem to be able to handle.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
          Originally Posted by dave147 View Post

          Great policy Dennis, can I pay you in Bitcoins?
          Sure, that's probably the only way I'd get into Bitcoins at this point.
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    • Profile picture of the author eXacta
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      What will cause this radical shift? What exactly is this radical shift?

      Oh, it's a theory.

      If you buy my Universe Anti-Collapse insurance you won't have to worry about the universe collapsing. And if it does, you will not only collect on the insurance policy, but I'll refund every single one of your monthly premiums.

      At only $5 a month, it's insurance you can't afford to be without.
      Hey Dennis, does you have an affiliate program? :p
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

        I'm sorry, Dennis. Your insurance seems to cover only one of the 4 theories (3?) of how the universe will end. It's just not comprehensive enough for me. Do you have an umbrella "Absolute Doomsday" policy we could look at instead?
        Anything for you, Sal. The umbrella coverage not only covers all that, but it covers any theory propounded before the universe collapses, explodes, inverts itself, fades away, disappears into a black hole, or wears out.


        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        quantum physics

        Come one, come all, folks. Need a "scientific sounding word" to give your harebrained idea credibility? Just say "quantum physics".

        Don't have a compelling argument, and are you stuck babbling incoherently? Just bring out "quantum physics".

        Yes, by saying the words "quantum physics", your friends will no longer laugh at your screwy ideas. Suddenly, they will say "Hmmmm, he did say quantum physics...there must be something to this idea.

        Remember folks...just say quantum physics, and all your hallucinations will sound credible.
        That must be the most brilliant post ever ... he said "quantum physics" six whole times. I love these scientific discussions. Especially the ones where I learn how to sound smart. Let me try!
        Yeah, I got up early and had quantum physics on toast.
        Did I do good? Do I sound smart now?


        Originally Posted by eXacta View Post

        Hey Dennis, does you have an affiliate program? :p
        Yes, but it's only available to policy holders. Would you like to sign up today? I can give you a 20% discount if you sign up before noon yesterday.
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        • Profile picture of the author HeySal
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post


          That must be the most brilliant post ever ... he said "quantum physics" six whole times. I love these scientific discussions. Especially the ones where I learn how to sound smart. Let me try!
          Yeah, I got up early and had quantum physics on toast.
          Did I do good? Do I sound smart now?
          Sounds like you're getting your quota of fiber at any count.

          Edit: Oh come on people - that was funny. Think about it. This is one tough room.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      What will cause this radical shift? What exactly is this radical shift?

      Oh, it's a theory.

      If you buy my Universe Anti-Collapse insurance you won't have to worry about the universe collapsing. And if it does, you will not only collect on the insurance policy, but I'll refund every single one of your monthly premiums.

      At only $5 a month, it's insurance you can't afford to be without.
      Gawd, what a thread. Total hijack job!
      I'll just take the insurance Mr G. Does it cover pets too?
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  • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
    I used 'quantum physics' as the OP to describe the subatomic tutoring I endured in secondary school. The science subject was clearly titled just that!
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  • Profile picture of the author David Maschke
    I find the cold, dark, black hole, which my ex-girlfriend refers to as her heart, to be much more frightening. A part of my soul is in there somewhere.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
      Originally Posted by David Maschke View Post

      I find the cold, dark, black hole, which my ex-girlfriend refers to as her heart, to be much more frightening. A part of my soul is in there somewhere.
      Hey, David, look at the bright side: when all the particles get heavy and collapse, she's basically gonna get fat and die.

      Bright sides, my friend, bright sides.
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        If this happens, will Ice Road Truckers still be on?
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          Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

          If this happens, will Ice Road Truckers still be on?
          See, someone gets it.

          Priorities people...
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    Global Warming 2.0

    Panic first then blame other people...


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    Spammers will find a way around it
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    So it could be happening right now, might happen in the future, or wont happen at all. Thank you to the Daily Mail and the scientists at the University of Southern Denmark, for broadly explaining what we all know already.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Well, of course, it was all a mistake -- and it all started from that time Einstein was heard to have said (:rolleyes "Who the F*** erased my chalkboard?"
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I think that it is unlikely that The Universe will collapse.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Braybrooke
      Originally Posted by Michael Ten View Post

      I think that it is unlikely that The Universe will collapse.
      And the Titanic wasn't going to sink either. I'd still be getting that insurance Michael!
      What happens if the universe ends while I am baking the Christmas Turkey? All that wasted effort!
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