The idea of infinity goes beyond human comprehension—particularly when considering the eternally expanding universe. No, the universe is not a slow globe in the hands of a toddler alien, nor does it even have any known parameters.
13.8 billion years ago, right before the Golden Girls series was produced, a brilliant explosion created the universe. Oddly enough, this explosion is still underway. The universe continues to expand, at an infinite rate, with nothing stopping it. However, when pondered, the concept truly seems unfathomable.
A human shares approximately 98.8% of DNA with a chimpanzee. Therefor, the 1.2% difference in DNA consists of a human's ability to do things that chimps cannot—create symphonies, discover calculus, and launch into space. A chimp challenges its intellectual limits through learning sign language and completing basic puzzles: play time for a human toddler.
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J Cole released a revolutionary album that zoomed in on drug use, pain medication, and the corruption of the youth. Surprisingly enough, he welcomes a feature in his album: kiLL edward. The featured artist was not known, whatsoever, to the public. After extensive fan based investigation, the J Cole community realized that "kiLL edward" was not a low key artist, but is the demonized, flawed alter ego of J Cole himself, lowered to a lower octave.
After J Cole's brother confirmed that their step father was named Edward, we, the community, understood that J Cole's intention since "Forest Hills Drive 2014" was to condemn "the man who made my momma cry" and send him to his death.
J Cole remains in his throne as the most brilliant and influential artist in the rap industry, as he continues to give us his Dose of Trip
Marijuana. A revolutionary flower that has lifted Colorado out of its crippling debt, and has revived comfort and quality in so many lives. Yet, our federal government deems it illegal—an understatement. Placing the natural flower at a Schedule 1 in the DEA's drug ranking system, marijuana sits beside Heroin and above Methamphetamine as "narcotics with the highest potential for addiction with no accepted medical qualities." The paradox lies within the fact that over half of the country sees the beauty in this plant, while the federal government stays buried in its own ignorance and denial.
In an experiment of thought, Schrodinger sets up a cat in a box, with a 50/50 probability of death due to the unpredictability of a bottle containing radioactive material beside the cat. When the box is close, you, the observer, do not know the state of the cat. The cat has not died or continued to live until it is observed, ad until it is observed, it remains in an undetermined state.
The universe is still expanding, therefore eternal. The bright stars that we see in the distance may be millions of light years away, as in, light takes millions of years to travel from the source to the observer. Consequently, by the time that the light has traveled from the star to your eye, the beaming ball of gasses and dust would have already gone through its life process, and died. In this situation, you would not only be looking at a star that does not exist any longer, but you would be observing something that existed millions of years ago.
An infinite amount of universes string together, containing every single possible outcome to every single possible situation. Which universe are you in?
Black holes have a powerful gravitational pull, due to its gargantuan mass, which allows them to snatch anything within their reach*. Light, matter, and time all can be pulled into a black hole. Around the rim of this gashes in space-time, time is stretched like taffy, towards the center of the hole. Consequently, if you were to circumnavigate a black hole in a friend's alien spaceship at a distance where one is not sucked in but still affected by the grasps of the black hole, you would be instilled in the stretched time. Returning to Earth after this journey, one would find that hundreds, if not thousands of years had past on the home planet, while you have only aged 10 years.
*The event horizon is the definite threshold of a black hole's gravitational pull where matter and light can not turn back.