If you could travel all the way to the very edge of the Universe, what would be on the other side of that? If we had the ability to see past all the stars and galaxies and clusters and super clusters to the very edge of the cosmic web, and we gazed out into the Void beyond, wouldn’t we be looking at Infinity? That empty space would have to go on forever and ever and ever with Absolutely no more Relative Objects—ever again. Because if there was anything beyond that, it would mean that we hadn’t reached the end of everything after all.
Or would we just hit some kind of barrier that we couldn’t go through, because there is Absolutely Nothing on the other side? Maybe the Universe just bends back on itself like a kind of vast snow globe, with all time, space, matter, energy and anything else that exists contained within it. But how could there be Nothing on the outside? There would have to be something on the other side, right? And whatever that was—so far beyond our imagination that we can only contemplate it in Abstract terms—it would stretch on and on until…what? We came to the end of that? And what would be on the other side of that?
It’s a conundrum. The ultimate paradox. And I am not going to solve that paradox in this book. I’m not even going to try. In fact, this is my very point. We are not capable of understanding the Absolute Infinite One. Period.
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Just to make this point Absolutely clear, let’s do a little thought experiment. We know that the size of the entire observable Universe is about 26 orders of magnitude larger than our human scale. We also know the size of the smallest known particle, the neutrino, is maybe 24 orders of magnitude smaller (it gets pretty theoretical at that scale). Isn’t it interesting that we humans seem to occupy a space about half way between those extremes?
So through about 50 orders of magnitude, from neutrinos, through quantum particles (like quarks and bosons) to sub-atomic particles like protons, neutrons and electrons, to atoms to molecules to compounds to cells to organs to organisms (like us) to planets to solar systems to galaxies to galactic clusters to super clusters to the tangled filaments of the cosmic web, we see this same repeating pattern of Objects within Objects within Objects–without exception.
Now… is there any logical reason to believe that pattern just happens to stop at the end of our Observable Universe? Isn’t it just a little too convenient to think that the conclusion of that repeating pattern just happens to coincide with our abilities to Identify Objects at that level? If you really think about it, the notion that the Universe we Observe is the ultimate Object is just as anthropocentric as the ancient notion that the sun and stars revolve around the Earth.
In fact, logic dictates that it is more likely the pattern we see repeating over and over and over so consistently continues to repeat both beyond the reaches of the Observable Universe, as well as on the lower end of the scale. String Theory already theorizes some form of ‘Object’ (in the form of a vibrating string) far below the scale of neutrinos. In fact, those theoretical strings are as small compared to neutrinos as atoms are compared to us. Mind boggling!
But not as mind boggling as this: If we assume that our Universe is simply another Object in this Pattern of nested Objects, then it follows that whatever unimaginably vast Object that our Universe is a subset of is, itself, a subset of a still larger Object—and so on and so on… ad infinitum.
Infinity of Scale.