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comment by theadvancedapes

    Would it be correct to imagine that OUR black hole -- the one that exploded into our galaxy -- was formed over billions of years prior to our big bang from other universes collapsing into it?

OUR supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way formed as a consequences of galaxy formation, not the other way around. The first stars were gargantuan. Much larger with far shorter lives than do stars in the universe today. They formed massive black holes after their collapse. In the Milky Way, as in all other galaxies, this resulted in a large gravitational center around which all other "nearby" matter could coalesce.

So a black hole didn't explode into our galaxy. Rather, aggregations of large stars in a proto-galaxy that would become the Milky Way, resulted in a supermassive black hole that would lead to the further growth of the galaxy.

And nothing in our universe was formed before the Big Bang. All matter was created during the first microseconds of the emergence of space and time.


And we definitely need a Global Brain. Speaking of... I'm off today! Brussels here I come!

humanodon  ·  2666 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I hope you get to do some traveling by train! Brussels isn't too far away from a lot of great places.

Edit: Ah, just saw your time frame. Well, if you move there, then I hope you can travel by train!

b_b  ·  2666 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You're moving today?! Congratulations, and good luck, my friend.

theadvancedapes  ·  2666 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm presenting at the Global Brain Institute October 4th! Then I'll be in Brussels until the 7th and England until the 12th. If my presentation goes well I'm hoping to do my Ph.D. there in 2014. So fingers crossed!

My potential supervisor just sent me a working paper titled "Promises and Perils on the Road to Omnipotent Global Intelligence" for a publication in "Brink of Singularity". Just surreal...