Mankind Is Shortening The Universe’s Life


Forget about the threat that mankind poses to the Earth: our very ability to study the heavens may have shortened the inferred lifetime of the cosmos. Over the past few years, cosmologists have taken this powerful theory of what happens at the level of subatomic particles and tried to extend it to understand the universe, since it began in the subatomic realm during the Big Bang. But there is an odd feature of the theory that philosophers and scientists still argue about. In a nutshell, the theory suggests that quantum systems can exist in many different physical configurations at the same time. By observing the system, however, we may pick out one single ‘quantum state’, and therefore force the system to change its configuration.

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3 Responses to Mankind Is Shortening The Universe’s Life

  1. frodo441 says:

    Yes, we have to do something before it implodes…what’s wrong, stretching it alittle thin?

  2. eneve says:

    The universe is expanding … everyone agrees on this. The expansion is also accelerating. In the future our skies will be completely void of stars because now things will have gotten so far away from us that light cannot reach. Taking this same concept into account we live in the ‘visible universe’ at this moment there are more things out there that we can see than there is the we can observe. If only the veil could be lifted from our eyes.

  3. Abramson says:

    I am glad I found your site on yahoo. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my roommate were just preparing to do some research about this. I am very glad to see such great information being shared freely out there.
    Alleyne from Irving city

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