a reply to: Imhotepic
60 years ago when I was ten, my uncle showed me one of the first picture books that did the magnifying images from our perceptual level, out times 10
then out times 100 and out and out, and down by 10 and down by 100 etc. Sixty years ago and my little boy mind was blown.
So in the early sixties when we studied space in high school I was glued to the text book. Back then, though cosmologist were pretty certain that the
big bang was the more reliable version of how this all came to be rather than the steady state theory of Fred Hoyle and friends had suggested in the
late 50s, the big bang was still in it's early stages of belief by the lay public. Myself, I tended towards the steady state idea over the Big Bang,
but as more and more information became available at my level of perusal, for me, the big bang won out. Since the seventies, I have read dozens of
books on the evolving development of these theories. I"m no expert, just a layman like you.
However, now, for me, that is questionable again. During all those years between our ability to see 'out' into the universe farther and farther and
now farther at all that stuff, I mean allllllll that stuff out there, the Big Bang is becoming more and more incomprehensible to me. Back then when we
thought that it all came from the BB, we had no idea just how MUCH it all was. And even now we know that all that we can see still may only be a drop
in the bucket of everything.
As you mention in your OP, these experts say this, and those experts say that. From this I understand that even though all these experts have all
this information, and all the mathematics and all that knowledge, what they are really doing in the end is little more than you and I can do.
So I have quit believing what the experts tell me about it all. If they all agreed, that would be one thing, but they don't so as I am as much a
being of this existence as they, and am not unknowedgable about what we know and do not know, I feel free to make my own guesses, at least enough to
satisfy my own sense of context in which to live. It's simple.
Existence is infinite. It is steady state, or as more recently proposed, a Quasi Steady State. This universe, the one into which we look out into with
our telescopes is finite and maybe just one of any number of physically emerging bubbles in this otherwise infinite and otherwise barely conceivable