Published on February 20th, 2013 | by Jason Louv0
Is Our Universe Scheduled for Replacement?
Higgs-Boson Researcher Suggests That Our Universe Will Be Replaced
Will our universe last forever? No, probably not—but when it goes, a new universe may be ready to step into its shoes.
According to Dr. Joseph Lykken, a physicist who researches the Higgs-Boson particle, our universe is inherently unstable, and may eventually be replaced by a new universe that opens up within it.
Dr. Lykken presented his recent findings in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Via BBC News:
A concept known as vacuum instability could result, billions of years from now, in a new universe opening up in the present one and replacing it.
It all depends on some precise numbers related to the Higgs that researchers are currently trying to pin down.
A “Higgs-like” particle was first seen at the Large Hadron Collider last year.
Associated with an energy field that pervades all space, the boson helps explain the existence of mass in the cosmos. In other words, it underpins the workings of all the matter we see around us.
Since detecting the particle in their accelerator experiments, researchers at the Geneva lab and at related institutions around the world have begun to theorise on the Higgs’ implications for physics.
One idea that it throws up is the possibility of a cyclical universe, in which every so often all of space is renewed.
This idea is one of the central premises of Philip K. Dick’s 1981 science fiction novel VALIS, a semi-autobiographical, crystal-meth’d out update of 1st century Gnostic theology, in which the author recorded a visionary experience in which a pink laser named VALIS beamed over a thousand pages of Gnostic information into his mind (recently published in unexpurgated form as The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick). One of the revelations the laser reportedly gave him was that our universe was sick, and would eventually be replaced by a new universe which was merging into our own—and that the Gnostic Christ was the mediator of this process, providing “medical attention” to our present sick universe.
The concept should also be familiar to anybody who has studied Vedic philosophy, in which universal cycles or Kalpas are considered to be constantly exhausting themselves and being replaced by new ones.
But my question is—will the new universe be any different? Or will it simply be reruns of this?