I found an abstract of Stephen Hawking’s last paper, which he did with Thomas Hertog. I find myself agreeing with them on the finite state of the Universe, but not with Dr. Hertog’s statement in the interview that mass was infinite in the singularity.
The reason is simple, I don’t see how the lesser can hold the greater. The infinite is greater than the finite, thus the finite cannot hold the infinite.
In addition I don’t see how mass was even possible when all space-time was in the same state. That is, a high energy state. As far as I see the phenomenon we call mass in the result of the interaction between space-time in a high energy state and space-time in a low energy state. Mass can manifest in our universe because currently most space-time is in a low energy state, while that in a high energy state makes up a small proportion of the total.
What limits the ultimate size of the universe?
Not mass, but the amount of space-time itself. That amount is finite, and given that space-time can be neither created or destroyed, this means that there will come a time when the Universe can’t continue to expand. When all space-time is in a low energy state any further expansion would mean the destruction of space-time, which is not allowed. To make this simple, the Universe will not be able to continue to expand. Instead the energy of expansion will result in the Universe rebounding against its furthest limit, resulting in the the Universe then contracting back to a singularity.
In addition I see size as having an absolute minimum. That is, there is a minimum length nothing can be smaller than. At least not physically, mathematically is another matter. When a Universe has shrunk to that size the energy of contraction forces a rebound resulting in the Universe in question expanding again.
Today I’m not feeling so hot. I’m sleeping a lot and my stamina is lagging. But I have gotten more work done on the DJ SRD, with the age groups for humans done.
Humans get listed in the SRD because they are the default Species. Each guide will have more Species, should such as Elves and Orcs and the like be called for.
So the raw SRD will get done. After which I will be rearranging things to fit how I think Persona creation should be done.
Oh, before I forget, I’m nearly done with the Persona creation chapter. After which I’ll be doing Mechanics, Encounters, and Magic. I may do Settings depending on if there are mechanics to write out for it. Encounters will include the mechanics for fighting, because sometimes what you do during an encounter is fight.
On June 20th I’ll be seeing a nephrologist about my kidneys. According to an earlier blood test they have problems. I’m thinking that maybe an accident I had back when I was 14 may have something to do with this.
This has also given me an idea one could use in RPGs. Namely, incomplete healing. For some reason a character cannot heal completely naturally, but need medical care mundane or magickal to do so. How would you handle this?
Just thought I’d present my thinking on the matter of Mages and Priests in the DJ Guides and how a Persona qualifies for them;
Note first that the Guide in question has to have castings available. No castings, no practice of any sort. What are castings? I’m going to have to figure that out.
Even if castings are available that doesn’t mean that full practice is. Maybe nobody has the talent, maybe the gods are against it, or maybe everybody’s under a curse. It all depends on the guide and the setting.
But let’s say some Personae can be Full Practitioners, what are the basic qualifications?
Those are first a minimum trait. Then making a successful check against an Attribute relevant to the Trait
Now should the Persona qualify to have full practice he gains certain benefits. Exactly which ones depends on the Guide in question, and on what he is a Full Practitioner in.
Please note that there may be exceptions in a particular guide. In the far future world of Abyss—far future—there may be casters roaming around. In fact an Abyss HP may learn how to cast, with the Guide’s permission and a period of role playing—there is a price for this sort of thing.
All I’m going to do is to offer basic guidelines, it’s up to the individual Guides as to what they will allow exceptions in, why, and how.
Now I’ve got more work to do, and I want to try out Word 16 where blog posting is concerned. I’ll be back.