I get the impression from the following material that LQG models have 'resolved' the divergent big bang singularity into a finite big crunch.... If so, what changed and is this a generally accepted 'new start' at the front end of the FLRW model which follows?? I may have missed some discussions in November/December as I was away, but I did skim this discussion from that time frame: Penrose's argument that q.g. can't remove the Big Bang singularity https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=649836 From that discussion, papers linked to by Marcus were discussed, so I read them and was surprised to find this in the Introduction: An Extension of the Quantum Theory of Cosmological Perturbations to the Planck Era Ivan Agullo, Abhay Ashtekar, William Nelson http://arxiv.org/pdf/1211.1354v1.pdf Can someone explain what has been 'resolved'? From the other paper by the same authors, A Quantum Gravity Extension of the Inflationary Scenario Ivan Agullo, Abhay Ashtekar, William Nelson (Submitted on 7 Sep 2012) http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.1609 the early text says this: In layman's terms, did truncating [the author's term] continuous spacetime somehow eliminate the associated divergences??