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The Universe: No God Required

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« on: June 29, 2012, 11:20:29 pm »

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Is it just a coincidence that the universe is 13.71428571> billion years old and our 'visible' universe is 13.71428571> billion light years in radius from this point of observation? (Edwin Hubble) 
What happens if we shift our point of observation say 13.71428571 light years in any direction. our visible universe extends a further 13.71428571> billion light years in that direction. Extrapolate ad-infinitum in every direction and we have a universe that cannot possibly be only 13.71428571> billion years old, a mere cosmic blink! 
Methinks the 'Big Bang Theory' needs a serious rethink !
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Aric Blunk
That's not how it works. Yes, the universe is about 13.75b years old. No, you can't just "extrapolate ad infinitum" and those words would make any scientist cringe. The true radius of the observable universe is closer to 46 billion lightyears. Read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observable_universe which mentions one group who claim to have established a lower bound on the diameter at about 85 billion lightyears as of right now in cosmological time. According to another method, it could be 10^23 times larger than the observable universe, and it's also possible that the whole universe is smaller than the observable universe due to unboundedness, so the actual answer is more like "we can't tell yet, not that it really matters anyway." It's kind of cute you think you've singlehandedly outsmarted decades of intensive scientific research, though. Ignorance is bliss, eh?
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