Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
As an old Sceptical Engineer I want to be able to BUILD or DETECT something before I believe it exists.
I can completely understand that. Seeing is believing, as the saying goes. Which kind of goes along with the point that I was making...mitchell65 said that it was impossible to go out the other side of a black hole because a black hole only has a center. My question is: Who has gone in and confirmed that as absolute fact? No one.
Therefore, as seeing is believing, I choose not to believe that there can't be an alternate universe/dimension/whatever on the other side of a black hole.
You mentioned the maximum observational view of the universe. That is the furthest that we know of. In our fallible opinion, the universe is ~14 billion years old. We can't prove that it isn't older than that, as of now. There is always the chance that the universe is billions of years older than we think, and that this universe is just a microcosm inside a much larger universe.
Anyway...I've been up for 42 hours at this point doing research, and my bed is calling to me very much. Thanks for the interesting conversation.