The mind of God (actually its brain) (or the organic matrix of abalone nacre)

Courtesy of Volker Springel/Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany.

When I saw the above pic ( a simulation based on the standard model) I thought: “that is why I feel trapped sometimes”: we are living in a mesh of someones’ brain. It actually is a simulation from the Millenium project (Germay): Simulations based on the standard cosmological model, as shown here, indicate that on very large distance scales, galaxies should be uniformly distributed. But observations show a clumpier distribution than expected. (The length bar represents about 2.3 billion light years). In Physics 4, 47 (2011) DOI: 10.1103/Physics.4.47. Cosmic smoothness. Michael J. Hudson Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada writes a cogent viewpoint on: “Excess Clustering on Large Scales in the MegaZ DR7 Photometric Redshift Survey.” Shaun A. Thomas, Filipe B. Abdalla, and Ofer Lahav. Physical Review Letters, 106, 241301, June 13, 2011. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.241301.

Hudson: “The universe is expected to be very nearly homogeneous in density on large scales. In Physical Review Letters, Shaun Thomas and colleagues from University College London analyze measurements of the density of galaxies on the largest spatial scales so far—billions of light years—and find that the universe is less smooth than expected [1]. If it holds up, this result will have important implications for our understanding of dark matter, dark energy, and perhaps gravity itself. In the current standard cosmological model, the average mass-energy density of the observable universe consists of 5% normal matter (most of which is hydrogen and helium), 23% dark matter, and 72% dark energy. The dark energy is assumed to be uniform, but the normal and dark matter are not. The balance between matter and dark energy determines both how the universe expands and how regions of unusually high or low matter density evolve with time.”

The simulation shown above could also be a giant immunofluorescent image of a giant brain OR the organic matrix of abalone nacre: in both cases we are screwed. In the first case, we are part of the brain of God, in the second case we are part of the shell of a giant haliotidae mollusca.

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