One dimensional objects
nextone wrote: "My theoretical example of one dimension is the space past the universe. If you believe the Big Bang theory, then you believe that the universe is still expanding. If you believe the universe is still expanding, you believe that the universe as it is has an end. But if the universe has room to grow, then there must be an infinate space beyond the universe. This space theoretically would have no matter in it, and there would be no end, therefore there is no possibility to measure the volume of that space, because there is no height, width, or depth."
One way around this, as described by Hawking, is the principle of the finite universe w/o boundary. He pictures it as like it is curved, closing on itself, similar to a planet.
It is believed by many that the universe will continue to expand forever...thinking that Dark Energy > Dark Matter (Repulsion > Contraction). However, what if say over a trillion years or so black holes continues to grow in number, and the larger of them continued to eat the smaller ones, increasing the size of their Event Horizons to the point of being able to eat entire galaxies. Then, over time the biggest of the biggest of the black holes ate the remaining black holes, and eventually EVERYTHING in the entire universe was sucked into this one humongous black hole, creating another Singularity...which BANGED again...and again...and again...for eternity.
Wouldn't this possibility also answer the God issue of what existed before the Big Bang...that the "Perpetual Universe" is in itself God, therefore not in need of a secondary creator?
So much of what we "believe" today is still theoretical. Over the centuries what we once believed has been replaced by something else, which has since been replaced, etc...
Maybe it's not as complicated as we think.
If someone absolutely knows WHY the possible answer I give here is unsound, please set me straight.