Re: necessity of mental memes

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    > >Sorry, I still don't get it. If everything started from a single point
    > >singularity) and has been expanding outward ever since, things at the
    > >would tend to stay at the center, whouldn't they? And things flung
    > >would continue flying outward toward the edge as the ball expands. So if
    > >we're looking backward in time toward the earliest galaxies whose light
    > >the center of the ball some 12 billion years ago and is just reaching us
    > >now, how did we travel fast enough to be here to catch it? Did the light
    > >take a more roundabout route? It's still a puzzlement.
    > The universe is a hypersphere whose center is everywhere and whose
    periphery is nowhere.

    I believe the orange-peel analogy is in place here, i.e. consider the
    universe as
    an expanding orange peel. The universe is just that: the peel, where the
    normally included within the peel `simply' doesn't exist. Each point on the
    has no special meaning with respect to others and all are equally valid
    to serve as `centers'. Even more exciting is that you can end up at the same
    once you've travelled along a `straight' line long enough.
    Confusing? Yeah well that's cosmology...


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