Sunday, October 04, 2009

Deepak Chopra Misconstrues Infinity

(The geometry of the universe is flat, like a sheet of paper.)

"If the universe is infinite, then wherever you are you are at the center of the universe." I just heard Deepak Chopra say that on ABC News, in response to a question the ABC interviewer asked him as they were walking down a NYC street. Chopra had just said "infinity is all around you." The interviewer asked him what could that mean?

What can we say to this? First, the universe is not "infinite." It's very, very big. But not infinite. The universe is expanding, and will expand forever. But "forever-expansion" is only a potential, not actual, infinite.

Because the universe is not infinite we are not at the center of the universe. And, of course, everything is not at the universe's center, which it seemingly would be were the universe actually infinite spatially.

So these ideas of Chopra are, physically, nonsensical. Perhaps they come out of his Hinduism, which holds that the universe has temporally existed forever?