[ExI] scale of the universe

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Tue Jun 7 05:17:26 UTC 2011

I have some problems with the animation. It includes preons, which are 
completely hypothetical and have no real support. It gives a size for 
the neutrino, which I have a hard time understanding - they are believed 
to be pointlike, and if that is the spread of a wave packet it is too 
short. And the center of the universe thing is just a mistake.

Still, it remains one of the better animations in this genre despite the 
simple graphics. There are more nice-looking ones out there, but this 
one has a nice sense of presence by being fairly densely filled in.

Mike Dougherty wrote:
> I discussed with a coworker the nearly unimaginable bigness of space.
> His comment sums it up nicely:  "I have enough difficulty judging what
> size Tupperware ideally fits dinner leftovers, I'm not prepared to
> imagine the volume of space-time"

Isn't that one of the saddest things? Worse, most people think the 
tupperware is more important.

Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University 

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