posted on May, 1 2004 @ 01:13 PM
I'll try to put it into simpler terms. The universe, according to current theory, is infinite, yet finite.
Imagine, if you will, you're an ant. Someone takes a globe, cuts it in half, and sticks you on the South Pole. Then they put the two halves together
and seal them. That ant (you) would be able to walk in the same direction infinitely. If it was dark, the ant would have no idea if it was passing
where it had before, or if it had been following a straight line. Space is dark, all we, the layman. have to navigate by is a white point of light.
So the globe would be finite. From outside, we'd see just how small that little globe is. However, from the inside, it would be infinite, because the
ant could wander forever and never realize it had been where it was while following the same direction.
EDIT: Forgot to add a point. What's beyond the universe? Ask the ant what's beyond the globe. We have no answer, and according to current theory, we
won't. It may be that we're sitting in this little snowglobe that someone is watching thinking it's hilarios that these "intelligent" creatures
keep wondering about life outside the snow globe. Obviously I don't believe in this particular scenario, but I hope you get the idea.
[Edited on 5-1-2004 by junglejake]