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..is allegedly the most horrible torture device to which a sentient being can be subjected.
When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it there's a tiny little speck, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, "You are here."
Located on Frogstar World B, the machine was originally invented by one Trin Tragula in order to annoy his wife. Because she was forever nagging him for having no sense of proportion, he decided to invent something that would show her what having a sense of proportion really meant. Unfortunately the shock of being placed in the Vortex destroyed her brain
The machine produces a virtual reality model of the entire universe by means of the axiom that any piece of matter is affected by all other matter. The Vortex reconstructs the universe through computer processing of a high-resolution scan ("extrapolated matter analysis") of a piece of fairy cake. In the words of the Hitchhiker's Guide, '...since every piece of matter in the Universe is in someway affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation - every Galaxy, every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition, and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake.'
Only Zaphod Beeblebrox is reported to have survived the Vortex unscathed (and then to have eaten the small piece of fairy cake). When it showed him the "You Are Here" marker, Zaphod correctly interpreted the Vortex as simply telling him that he was the most important being in the universe. This is due to the fact that he entered the Vortex in an artificial universe, which had been specially created for his benefit (thus making him the most important being in it). .. After emerging from the artificial universe's Total Perspective Vortex, Zaphod ate the piece of fairy cake, saying "If I told you how much I needed this, I wouldn't have time to eat it."
originally posted by: rival
a reply to: intrptr
Interesting thought, but our brightest minds theorize that the
universe DID explode from one central point.
Of course, they could be wrong...AND, you could be right.
But if that's the case, we've already had this conversation
and, frankly, it's getting monotonous...
originally posted by: charlyv
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: TheConstruKctionofLight
Its not like a usual explosion, there is no centre
In an infinite Universe, everywhere is the center of it all.
Is, was and always shall be.
Even in a homogeneous expansion, there has to be a perimeter that the universe is expanding into. What that may look like is mind boggling… no time or space exists at the boundary until it is suddenly occupied….
Waxing philosophically that's like saying "in an infinite universe everywhere is no-where and no-where is the centre"
originally posted by: 0zzymand0s
a reply to: intrptr
Another Hubble volume that is precisely as large from the point of view of an observer within it, as there are "years" since it's inflation created it?
The real mind-blower is when you realize that any other observer in our own Hubble volume would view its boundary as exactly as large -- in all directions -- from there own Hubble telescope as we do, but that theirs might see further than ours because they are near what we perceive to be the limit of their own however-man-billions-of-years expansion bubble.
When it showed him the "You Are Here" marker, Zaphod correctly interpreted the Vortex as simply telling him that he was the most important being in the universe.
originally posted by: MarsIsRed
I don't think we are alone either.... but the possibility is defiantly real. Like I said, it's a scary thought.
Don't you just love auto correct!