From New Scientist:
Inflation is dead, long live inflation! The very results hailed this year as demonstrating a consequence of inflationary models of the universe – and therefore pointing to the existence of multiverses – now seem to do the exact opposite. If the results can be trusted at all, they now suggest inflation is wrong, raising the possibility of cyclic universes that existed before the big bang.
Cyclic universes that existed before the big bang?
Oh yes, of course. Because they must check out of Hilbert’s Hotel first. Bill infinitely high.
This mainly shows how much pop science media today depend on anything-goes cosmology to rescue their pet theories.
See also: As if the multiverse wasn’t bizarre enough …meet Many Worlds
But who needs reality-based thinking anyway? Not the new cosmologists
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