Pondering the mysteries of the universe, I thought about how the big bang seemingly came from nothing, and how black holes seemingly send stuff to oblivion. Maybe these two go together I thought? I found out that an astrophysicist named Lee Smolin thought the same thing. I just read his book, "Life Of The Cosmos", and I'm pretty enamored w/ his ideas. Some of the things I was thinking about though that he didn't touch much on were that according to this idea, we are essentially living in a black hole of a parent universe. The stuff falling into our black hole is what is causing what we call dark energy. This idea is similar to brane theory, but somewhat different. I think a way to test this would be to measure whether dark energy is constant. If we are in a black hole and stuff is falling into our universe, one would think that the power of dark energy would fluctuate over time. It might even nearly stop if our black hole finishes gobbling up all the matter and light in its region of our parent universe. Unfortunately, these perturbations may only be noticeable over millions or billions of years as we can see that some quasars take vast amounts of time to gobble up galaxies. On the other hand, if we do find dark energy to fluctuate, it'd positively reinforce my idea. (and not merely constantly accelerate forever) My other question is though, what happens when our black hole collides w/ another black hole in our parent universe? I would imagine a universe-wide big bang. Although that makes it seem like our universe has probably had several big bangs as our universe has combined w/ several other black holes from our parent universe. Perhaps what we think of as the big bang occurred when our universe was already quite large. It seems like an ugly extrapolation to assume that everything necessarily went back to a singularity, but this idea isn't central to my above hypothesis. I would guess that such collisions would probably wipe out all life across our universe instantaneously and w/o warning :( Is this making any sense?...thoughts?