The Big Bounce
Interesting new findings in physics suggest that the universe did not start in a Big Bang, but rather is cyclical with at least one Big Bounce. Read more
to find out. For my own part, I find that model more aesthetically pleasing than the plain Big Bang theories. And aesthetics matters.
The ramifications may be interesting; not the least, they may unsettle the seeming current consensus which has the universe exploding at increasing speed by the help of "dark energy". For the Bouncing Universe theory suggests that the Big Bounce we know the Bang side of wasn't singular, again implying that our universe will ultimately have to go through a Big Crunch before it bounces off into a new Big Bang.
Getting all sci-fi here ... The result I linked to above was calculated using a special version of quantum mechanics which I honestly don't know too well. Well, not at all, really. It seems to involve space being woven by some kind og one-dimensional quantum threads. We tend to understand by building models from what we already know, and so I immediately thought of information flowing around on a graph.
What are the chances of preserving structured information (there's some redundancy for you) on that graph as it writhes through the Big Bounce? More precisely: What are the chances of preserving the kind of information structure that makes up consciousness through such a Big Bounce? And when will we see the first sci-fi / cyberspace novel depicting such an event?