To quote Douglas Adams, “Space is big.” And I have no reason to disagree. But as big as space is, space-time is even bigger. Space is peanuts compared to space-time. Think about how hard it is to find your car in a two dimensional parking lot after shopping at the mall. Then think about how hard it is to find your car in a three dimensional parking garage. Factor the dimension of time to your parking garage scenario and it’s safe to say that you’ll be taking the bus home. Time is big. Space is big. Together, they are really really big, and keep getting bigger. It’s easy to see why the Moment** gets the past and the future mixed up. It’s probably the same reason that people often get up and down confused when they fall into the middle of the ocean. It’s big. LINK

Inconceivable

In order to fully appreciate the magnitude of space-time previously discussed, and the magnitude of the numbers in the upcoming discussion, it’s important to understand and appreciate orders of magnitude. To help visualize it, take an abnormally large sheet of graph paper which cannot possibly exist because those annoying hippies have some sort of problem with you wiping out every single plant on the planet to make it, and still not having enough. Said graph paper is divided into one centimeter increments. It doesn’t have to be long, a mere 1 centimeter in length, less if you like, and somewhat wide. How wide? LINK

Impossible

In 2008, despite protest, the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) went online near Geneva, Switzerland. This spectacular machine promised to unlock secrets of the universe that some of the greatest minds in history could not have imagined.

Side effects may include total annihilation of all life in the solar system by the creation of a micro black hole, strangelets, magnetic monopoles, and/or vacuum bubbles. Ask your physicist if high speed particle collisions are right for you. LINK

Chances

As discussed earlier, chances become astronomically huge very quickly. A coin toss has only two choices, heads or tails. You have a 50% chance of randomly selecting how a single random coin toss will turn out. The chance of randomly selecting the sequence of 10 consecutive coin tosses is 1/1024. And as stated previously, the probability of predicting 1000 random coin tosses is 1 chance in 10e300 which was mathematically shown to be the same thing as finding a specific Planck space-time unit hidden in one of roughly 10e54 different universes like our own, which was demonstrated to be impossible. In fact, finding the correct universe would be impossible. This is with a coin toss where each toss of the coin has only two choices. But consider sequences where each “toss” has more choices. LINK

Inconceivable

In order to fully appreciate the magnitude of space-time previously discussed, and the magnitude of the numbers in the upcoming discussion, it’s important to understand and appreciate orders of magnitude. To help visualize it, take an abnormally large sheet of graph paper which cannot possibly exist because those annoying hippies have some sort of problem with you wiping out every single plant on the planet to make it, and still not having enough. Said graph paper is divided into one centimeter increments. It doesn’t have to be long, a mere 1 centimeter in length, less if you like, and somewhat wide. How wide? LINK

Impossible

In 2008, despite protest, the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) went online near Geneva, Switzerland. This spectacular machine promised to unlock secrets of the universe that some of the greatest minds in history could not have imagined.

Side effects may include total annihilation of all life in the solar system by the creation of a micro black hole, strangelets, magnetic monopoles, and/or vacuum bubbles. Ask your physicist if high speed particle collisions are right for you. LINK

Chances

As discussed earlier, chances become astronomically huge very quickly. A coin toss has only two choices, heads or tails. You have a 50% chance of randomly selecting how a single random coin toss will turn out. The chance of randomly selecting the sequence of 10 consecutive coin tosses is 1/1024. And as stated previously, the probability of predicting 1000 random coin tosses is 1 chance in 10e300 which was mathematically shown to be the same thing as finding a specific Planck space-time unit hidden in one of roughly 10e54 different universes like our own, which was demonstrated to be impossible. In fact, finding the correct universe would be impossible. This is with a coin toss where each toss of the coin has only two choices. But consider sequences where each “toss” has more choices. LINK