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Good News! Eventually The Universe Will Become Too Cold And Everything Will Just Die

Something to keep in mind the next time the long, cold winter has got you down.

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Let’s assume that about 13.7 billion years ago, there was a sort of biggish kind of bang. Let's call it the “Biggish Bang.”

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During this "Biggish Bang," all the energy and matter in the universe suddenly popped into existence, and literally everything just started exploding all over the place all at once.

Naturally, a bang that biggish would produce a lot of energy. In fact, it produced all the energy. As you might imagine, having all the energy and matter all at once in one place gets a little toasty.


We can think and move and everything is great, and we can all look at this video because our fingers and eyes and brains and computers all work:

The wonders of a universe in action!

All processes – mechanical, chemical, electric, nuclear – even life – require a hot universe brimming with energy. WHICH WE HAVE! The universe is lousy with energy. The universe is literally a hot mess.

But, we’re not done exploding yet. That “Biggish Bang” is still happening, and everything is still pushing outward and expanding from that one point in space and time 13.7 billion years ago.


Think of the universe as a hot, steamy bathroom in an apartment where the heat doesn’t work. When you open the door, all that hot steam rushes out, and all that cold air rushes in, until the two spaces become about the same temperature. (Cold.)


Everything will just sort of… fade out. As T.S. Eliot put it in his poem, "The Hollow Men”:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

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