Did anyone catch this bit of interesting information in the recent news?
Cosmos may be 'inherently unstable'
Of course the media plays up the dramatic headline, but this is the jist of what Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory theoretician Joseph Lykken had
to say, which is that if the mass of the Higgs Boson particle is determined to be a specific number of (billion) electron volts, then it would be
possible that a quantum fluctuation could cause a "bubble" with a lower energy state within our universe that would expand at the speed of light,
effectively annihilating our universe while creating a new universe inside the new bubble.
I am not a physicist, but let's have some fun with this! ;-)
Let's just say that they did detect Higgs and let's just say that the particle nails the required mass necessary to make such a quantum fluctuation
possible. And let's go further and say that such a bubble happened this morning while I was drinking my coffee and enjoying an English muffin with
That's a lot of "ifs" but if it did happen we would effectively have a new universe, somewhere inside of our own. Just to make it simple, let's
place the bubble in the center of our universe and assume it is expanding in all directions at the speed of light. One would assume that as the
boundary of the bubble collided into the stars and galaxies of our own universe there might be some expenditure of energy, a bang or a explosion if
Here's my five conjectures on this fascinating subject:
That may mean that the birth of our own universe may have been as a bubble inside another, older universe.
This would explain the "Big Bang" as having been not an explosion as it has been depicted, but rather as the sudden expansion of a vacuum with a
somewhat lower energy profile of the surrounding universe, creating a new universe in an expanding bubble, and the Bang part of the equation being the
collisions of that bubble with existing matter in the surrounding, parent universe.
If a new universe could be born as a bubble within our own, I don't know how fast our universe is expanding, but if it is anywhere near the speed of
light, then that would mean that the new bubble would never reach the edges of our own universe as the two might be expanding at roughly the same
speed. In other words our universe and the new universe would be an expanding bubble within an expanding bubble, the edges of which will never meet,
they will expand forever.
If a new universe were born as a bubble within our own and our two bubbles expand in tandem forever, then it would be possible that our own universe
might be a bubble within a previous, older universe. And perhaps that older universe is a bubble within an even larger, older universe. In other
words, the much vaunted multiverse is more like an infinite series of nested bubbles, one inside the next, expanding forever together in a natural
If indeed our universe is a bubble within a larger, older, previously existing universe, then the patterns detected in the
are not the ancient relics of the original explosive Big
Bang, but are actually the current bang going on right now, murky smears of the stars and galaxies our universe is colliding with inside of our parent
universe (rather like bugs smashed on a car windshield).
Well, that was fun!
I dedicate this theory to Don Ho.
What's your opinion?