Member # 1005
posted 25. November 2003 14:20
It should be obvious that the Universe is a dynamic, nonlinear system, as evidenced by the Universe's alternating (acceleration->deceleration->acceleration) history of expansion - the initial acceleration phase, commonly referred to as 'inflation', being followed by a deceleration phase and the current acceleration phase.
This history of expansion hints at the existence of a feedback loop - and there is one. We know that the expansion rate has an effect on the rate that matter comes into the observable universe. What hasn't been recognized is a second relationship - derived from Einstein's "Space without matter is meaningless" - involving the expansion rate of the Universe (exp') and the mass of the observable universe (Mou): exp' = Mou'/Mou.
The result of these two relationships is a feedback loop and a self-regulating, self-organizing Universe – a Universe that doesn’t need ‘residual energy left over from the big bang’, ‘vacuum energy’, ‘a repulsive force exceeding gravitational attraction’, ‘dark matter’, or ‘dark energy’ to explain its behavior.
With this feedback loop, we see that the expansion will not continue to accelerate, that a cold, dark, lonely universe is not in our future, and the fabric of space will not be ripped apart.
We can also begin to see the Universe’s expansion as a continuation and reverberation of the Big Bang - a gravity wave that can be seen by looking out into space.