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Topic: Create your own universe kit

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 11/02/2008

This item, which goes on sale shortly:

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2008/10/the-makeyourownuniverse-kit.html

Is touted as being a method of creating trillions of universes via the "observation" route only.

I could rig something up like this at home using my plasma coil and a smoke dector, though it would only run for maybe a century due to Americium.

A toy for Fate-Shifters or Friends of Fate Shifters?

The original description of the device sounded more interesting. I was thinking more along the lines of that "accident" in COSM coupled with a home cyclotron...and spent half an hour just now wondering if the LHC melt down was the birth of a baby universe.

Re: Create your own universe kit

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/07/2008

Reminiscent of "Mimsy were the Borogroves"! What will we teach our children next?

Re: Create your own universe kit

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 11/08/2008

If the phenomenon is even existent, then Keats's example is ridiculous simply by the fact that any quantum event - ie: a photon being absorbed by a spec of dust in the asteriod belt - is an example. This universe is a complex of universes and universe makers and this is recursive and reflexive in scope. I'll say again: which is the prime? Answer: it's not relevant. As for it being art - No.

Re: Create your own universe kit

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/08/2008

Art, no--hobby, perhaps?

Re: Create your own universe kit

From: Howard E. Miller
Location: Augusta, GA
Date: 11/17/2008

All sorts of questions occur to me concerning this topic, but my conclusion is that I will wait to create a universe until I become omniscient, omnipotent, etc. Until then, I may just watch some TV. Hmmm ... I think that in my universe they'll have a 'Greg Bear' channel on TV.

Re: Create your own universe kit

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/18/2008

Yeah, but I'll be too old to write scripts for the shows!

Re: Create your own universe kit

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 11/18/2008

I'm hopping in on Howard Miller's subthread here:

"I think that in my universe they'll have a 'Greg Bear' channel on TV."

While we'd go thru Greg's material pretty quick, there are a lot of long time SF authors out there who REALLY NEED TO have their work adapted...and far too many of them have already passed on from this Mortal Coil.

There have been some really BAD attempts to do that in recent years, such as the "Masters of SciFi"...and I become increasingly upset with SciFi Channel and what they do...with first a prety good Adapt of the first 3 Dune Books, then the Botched Job of just not getting it on LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogy.

So not just A Greg Bear Channel (How about a Greg Bear Hour or Greg Bear Cavlacade...as our inspiring Author for this project/concept) but a Real SF/SciFi/Fantasy Adaptation Channel.

For all we know it already exists, in that Alternate Earth I call 'The Superworld' were everything is "better" and Colbert is the President Elect...

Mike

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