Much of this is based on cosmologist George F. R. Ellis' brilliant little book, BEFORE THE BEGINNING: COSMOLOGY EXPLAINED, which I highly recommend. (Do not get it confused with Martin Rees' BEFORE THE BEGINNING. Ellis' was first.) I think you can tell I read a lot of books. This slim 150-page book sums up and explains....

Well, almost everything.

Cannot recommend enough. I am about to steal shamelessly from it, with a little extra added.

I never claimed most of my ideas were original. Indeed, varients of them have been circulating for decades, although for some reason they've never been penatraed into the mainstream general consciousness. I'm just one of the first to present them in illustrated, comic form.

Ellis is a wonderfully clear thinker, and has co-written with Hawking, as well as contributing numerous articles to SCIENCE and other scientific journals. I respect a lot of thinkers. I cannot think of one I respect more.

I like how explinations #1 and #4 are two seperate sections.

I'm trying to think of any possibilities that were missed and can only think of mixtures of these,
I'll try to post any that are distinct before too long (provided I can think of them)

GREAT book. But I have to echo Mario Livio's criticism of the idea that all mathematical possiblities are real, a la Tegmark. We have to assume principle of mediocrity on our own universe--that we aren't that unique. Now, if every mathematical possibility is real, than most universes would be much more complicated than ours--follow many more mathematical rules, have a much larger number of dimensions, etc. Our world is much simpler than it could be---so unless we're at the far end of the Bell Curve (and the fact that life only can exist with three spatial dimensions and one time dimension MIGHT be a limiting factor) we have to assume his assumptions are wrong. See Livio's IS GOD A MATHEMATICIAN?

tom1st Jun 2014, 5:44 PM edit delete replytom1st Jun 2014, 6:58 PM edit delete replyAl Schroeder1st Jun 2014, 9:25 PM edit delete replyAl Schroeder2nd Jun 2014, 3:56 AM edit delete replyman in black1st Jun 2014, 10:10 PM edit delete replyMiyto1st Jun 2014, 11:11 PM edit delete replyI'm trying to think of any possibilities that were missed and can only think of mixtures of these,

I'll try to post any that are distinct before too long (provided I can think of them)

Al Schroeder12th Oct 2015, 12:40 AM edit delete replyGREAT book. But I have to echo Mario Livio's criticism of the idea that all mathematical possiblities are real, a la Tegmark. We have to assume principle of mediocrity on our own universe--that we aren't that unique. Now, if every mathematical possibility is real, than most universes would be much more complicated than ours--follow many more mathematical rules, have a much larger number of dimensions, etc. Our world is much simpler than it could be---so unless we're at the far end of the Bell Curve (and the fact that life only can exist with three spatial dimensions and one time dimension MIGHT be a limiting factor) we have to assume his assumptions are wrong. See Livio's IS GOD A MATHEMATICIAN?