Our 'Unstable' Universe Could Be Wiped Out by a New One

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The recent discovery of the Higgs Boson has produced some unfathomable — and frightening — modes of thought in the world of astrophysics. A new idea coming out of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has our universe being swallowed up by a new universe born out of an existing black hole. But have no fear, we've got billions of years before it happens.

Dr. Joseph Lykken of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory posits that "vacuum instability," that a universe will blow up like a bubble in our universe and sweep across it, consuming everything in its wake. It's pretty serious stuff, but the notion still relies on some far out cosmological theories. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and author of "Physics of the Future."

Guests:

Dr. Michio Kaku

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez and Cassie Jones

Comments [4]

Jasper Johns from TN

I say have a FUN coming asteroid apocalypse, read THE MYOSHI EFFECT #myoshieffect

Feb. 27 2013 01:42 PM
Phil Hammond from Canada

Nutbag? Is there no tolerance for a different perspective? I prefer the scientific view of our universe but certainly wish to live in a world where all perspectives are honoured and respected. Treating others the way I would like to be treated just seems fair, and ultimately safer for all. Ask the victims of the Nazi regime about their experience at the hands of a fearful intolerant political/military system.
Now, what is it that is keeping our inherently inbalanced universe together? Where anti-matter should have cancelled out all matter in the first few moments of the Big Bang, why didn't it? The Higgs makes sense but how can this force have no detectable source but simply be where all other forces and therefore their corresponding particles have one? And how convenient is it that in the vacuum created by the observation of an accelerating expanding universe science can simply accept the idea of dark matter and dark energy to anchor their new understanding when it is something that they cannot quantify or really identify except for the obvious effects they are observing? If somebody were to say, "sounds to me like science is discovering the 'Will of Creation', something that cannot be seen or explained or described directly but obviously is the glue that began at creation, the Big Bang, that allows matter to not only exist where it shouldn't, but act in a way we don't really understand.", I would have to give their argument consideration. Any real scientist is open to all considerations or possibilities until said alternatives are proven to be nonviable. For a scientist to have an agenda or preconceived notion is well, to be acting like religions. Which may or may not be a bad thing but it is certainly inconsistent, something they are in fact working to eliminate using the scientific method. Interesting.
I do not agree with the religious perspective that if there is a Creator that this Creator could be offended by any aspect of its creation and therefore be motivated by such offense to destroy or punish its Creation, but I certainly can't deny the support this perspective has. I also can't deny that it appears in Peter 3:10 that the authors of this passage are describing the effects of what our science is discovering, that our universe is inherently unstable and one day in the future will respond the only way it can to this instability by decaying and ceasing to exist. This sounds like agreement as to what can be expected at the conclusion of our universe, just a different way of getting there.
This is so much fun.

Feb. 24 2013 11:13 AM
Religious Loons

lol quoting the bible. wow. it will happen in billions of years. Long after humans have died. Read a new book nutbag

Feb. 21 2013 05:01 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The second letter of Peter 3:10 reads:

But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth and the works which are in it, shall be burnt up.

Perhaps they're on to something.

(But it's not to be feared in the sense of complete destruction, but as a prelude to judgement and a new heavens and a new earth.)

Feb. 20 2013 09:12 AM

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