Black Hole Theory to Supplant Big Bang?

    August 11, 2014
    Brian Powell
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While the big bang theory seems simple enough – the universe exploded forth from a single point due to ever-increasing temperatures and extreme pressure and has been expanding ever since – it is anything but. Since the 1920s, the big bang theory has been the best scientific explanation for how our universe came into existence. With new scientific discoveries coming every day, however, the scientific community has learned more and more about the origins of the universe over the past 90-odd years. Now, a new theory states that our known universe may simply be a “mirage”.

Over the years, the once solid big bang theory has become riddled with holes and unexplained phenomena. One of the main issues with the theory is the idea of how an entire universe, governed by so many scientific rules and laws, could have ever existed in a singularity, where the rules of physics simply cease to matter or exist.

If the theory put forth by researchers at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in Canada is true, then our universe most likely never existed in a singularity point, eliminating that potential hole in the big bang theory.

The new theory goes even further than that, however, by replacing the whole enchilada. Instead of a single point exploding and giving birth to a new universe, the researchers at the Perimeter Institute believe that our universe may be the three-dimensional event horizon of a four-dimensional black hole, created by the collapse of a four-dimensional star in a four-dimensional universe.

Now, while that theory may sound too-fantastical to be true, the researchers guarantee that it is backed by scientific principles and pure mathematics. And, while no one may understand what a four-dimensional universe may look or act like, the concept of this three-dimensional “mirage” is one most people are already familiar with: Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”.

Their shackles have prevented them from perceiving the true world, a realm with one additional dimension. Plato’s prisoners didn’t understand the powers behind the sun, just as we don’t understand the four-dimensional bulk universe. But at least they knew where to look for answers.

Unfortunately, this theory may bring more questions than answers – as most scientific theories are wont to do. The black hole theory answers the question as to how our universe came into being, but fails to answer the obvious – from whence did the four-dimensional universe arise? The world may never know…

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  • Sophie

    Trying to find the beginning to something that ALWAYS was will Never be answered, because GOD has no beginning or end.

    • nick


    • Dan

      Sophie, well thanks for solving that problem. Now go forward and collect your Nobel Prize!

      • Sophie

        @ dan… Do any of the below describe you: You like a) cheap looking sports cars,or big ugly trucks b) Axe body spray, c) bad heavy metal, d) old jeans with a pair of worn out shoes and a t-shirt from your favorite local bar, or one from a bar in florida. e) a belly that hits the steering wheel, f)NASCAR g) listening to talk radio with the air conditioner blasting in your face, because you have high blood pressure h) you coach professional athletes…from your couch i) your taste in women is like your taste in everything else…cheap. She has to have big boobs, bleached, hair, and tanning bed skin(ie pam anderson, jenna jameson..very outdated taste by the way dan)…what YOU can actually get is the local bar fly who smokes, and listens to your idiotic ideas, she may have a muffin top to tote too;) j) small bars or Hooters where the girls KNOW they can get a good tip out of you so they flirt with you… but you think they “really” like you…fyi: they do this to all the old middle aged men. k) all of the above.

        • Dan

          k – all of the above. Don’t spend all that Nobel winning money in one place.

          • Sophie

            Don’t spend all your money in one strip club, after all you still need to pay the waitresses at your local bar:)

        • Willycopter

          Blimey, it’s just like you’ve been watching me all along.
          Can your sky fairy cure me of my shortcoming?

    • UtahTwisted

      And no explanatory power either. Magic doesn’t explain ANYTHING!

      • Sophie

        “Magic”? What are you 3 years old?LOL! Your vocabulary makes me question my beliefs, you are such a “funny guy”..note my sarcasm…You must be a kid…ComicCon and video games have “Twisted” your brain.

        • UtahTwisted

          I like your insults, they really make your point! It’s readily apparent that I have engaged in a conversation with a vastly superior adult. You win, I now accept jesus as my savior. /s

  • nick

    The Bible spells it out pretty simple. There is no need to complicate it! “In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

    • UtahTwisted

      Magic explains NOTHING!

      • Sophie

        you must doubt your own beliefs to put someone else’s beliefs down…so, explain to me your beliefs Twisted? I am sure you have studied history and gone to college…I highly doubt it..get an education…you need to hit the books harder and not video games…I am sure multiple adults have you told you this in your life, yet you still do not listen, and think you “know” everything, because you read things on the internet….again, hit those books.. because your doubt and insecurity does nothing for you.

        • UtahTwisted

          Please do not presume I have any insecurity – you don’t need to project.

          Instead of “magic” would you prefer “prestidigitation?”

          If you think imagining a “being” who “always existed” said some magic words and “created” the universe somehow has some explanatory power (or any basis in reality), I feel sadness and empathy for you.

          I also find it quite funny (and telling) that you claim that I “know everything” which is quite far from anything I’ve claimed. In fact, there is a lot I do not know and I am not uncomfortable admitting it. However, look at what YOU are claiming here, it is actually YOU that are claiming to “know” how the universe was “created” and you make this claim without ANY evidence whatsoever.

          I really think it’s your insecurities that are being challenged.

          My beliefs are evidence based reality. Not your particular brand of religious superstition (or any other).

  • Mike

    Indeed…simple if you just quit trying to deny the fact there is a Creator; [1] In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. [2] And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

    • UtahTwisted

      I like how your magic genie created light before the stars, and plants before the sun, but most interesting – for those of you that can read, is that your iron age book of stories has TWO accounts of creation in Genesis and they do not match… so which one do you want to discuss?

  • Mike

    Truth always trumps theory

  • Ruger375

    I thought time was the 4th dimension?

    • Sam J.

      They’re referring to a 4th spatial dimension. Einstein’s theory of Relativity states that Time is another dimension relative to our 3 spatial dimensions (length, width, height). Space (spatial dimensions) and Time are actually woven into one single 4 dimensional continuum called space-time (3 spatial + time).
      This theory posits a 4th spatial dimension that our 3 dimensional minds can never perceive.

  • Brenda S.

    This theory is one I’ve been telling people for many years, but it seemed too simple to be taken seriously by most. All the star stuff collects into a black hole; the pressure at the “bottom” of hole gets too strong; it rips or erupts and the re-processed star stuff streams out the other side to start the cycle all over again. Makes total sense to me. The ultimate recycle.

  • WendyB

    I wish Carl Sagan were here to explain it. I loved his “Flat Land” bit with the apple. “Hello!” says the apple, “I am a visitor from the third dimension!” Lol.

  • pick a name

    I do believe this phrase should be reconsidered : “Was a 3D-black hole from the surface of a 4D-universe the creator of our universe?” … ’cause, meanwhile WE DO LIVE in a 4D Universe [specifically dimensions x,y,z, + t (time)] … 😉

  • JH

    I am Christian but The Bible isn’t a how I did it book