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In 1823 German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers described Olbers' paradox: "In a static infinite universe the night sky should be bright," then reformulated it in 1826 to state that the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the supposition of an infinite and eternal static universe.

On June 1, 1965, A. Penzias and R. Wilson detected the 3 degrees K "primordial" background microwave radiation.

The sky is white: No matter where you look, the sky is lit, because somewhere out there there's an energy source pushing photons at you. Admittedly, it's not until you get down to the microwave band that you can see that the sky is white, but it is white.

Because the universe is so big, there's enough dark matter (i.e., not intrinsically radiating energy) between us and most of the infinite universe so that there's effectively a curtain between us and most of the energy that's out there. Add in effects of gravity "warping" space and other factors (e.g., what happens when two photons pass close to each other - or even collide) that cause light to not go in a straight line, and you will find patterns of light and dark spots in the otherwise uniform background.

Hold up your hand and look at it: It's pretty solid, right? (Certainly when compared with the density of matter in interplanetary space, it's solid.) Now look really closely at your hand. You'll see it's made up of atoms that are separated by mostly empty space. Those atoms look pretty solid, right - or at least when you compare them with the space between them? OK, now look at those atoms, once again, really closely. Now you see they are made up of tiny electrons in distant orbits around a solid-looking nucleus - with lots of empty space inside the atom. Well, surely that nucleus is solid, right? Let's go take a much closer look. What a surprise! The nucleus is made of protons and neutrons separated by - guess what - lots of empty space. That proton over there, it looks solid, let's go take a look. Oh no, it's not solid, either - it's made up of baryons and such - and lots of empty space!

The universe is empty: No matter where you look, if you look closely enough, you will discover there's nothing there, because ultimately, everything came from nothing: In the infinite universe, everything exists - including nothing, the complete and utter absence of anything.

The infinite source of all energy and the infinite absence of anything are an infinite distance apart, and in between, everything exists. Our lives are the path our perception follows through the infinite continuum of everything, and it is by our choices that the path we follow is defined - and hence, our experience.

Your "universe" can be whatever you want it to be - the choice is yours. Not all paths go on forever, but there are an infinite number of players whose lives are infinitely long, just as there are an infinite number whose lives are infinitely short.

Infinity can be defined as the number that's bigger than itself: No matter how big you pick infinity to be, it's bigger than that.

Just as infinite energy and infinite emptyness are an infinite distance apart, there are an infinite number of paths between them: There are an infinite number of dimensions in the universe. The number of dimensions we can perceive is a measure of the depth of our understanding.

A person's life is as long as they want it to be: Desire to live is an essential part of living - without it, you die.

Some people are creatures of light, some of dark, it depends on which end of the spectrum they started from, or closer to. Some turn around and go back to where they began, others go on forever toward the other end of the spectrum.

There are also whose lives are perpendicular to the light vs. dark line, following a different gradient through the universe - good vs. evil, perhaps, or even left vs. right - there are a host of possible dimensions that a path through the universe can be measured by.


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