Chairman of the bored
Last night after a rehearsal for a radio show (comedy) I'm involved in, a group of about 7 of us repaired to the local bistro. After partaking of 3 pints of Guinness a certain young lady asks me out of nowhere "is the universe finite or infinite?" Mind you, prior to this point the discussion around the table had revolved around the Carol Burnett reunion show, a bad traffic tie-up, and who should get the extra million dollars on Survivor.......Amazing, the powers of Guiness to create such a thoughtful state. Without missing a step, I drew upon my vast store of cosmological knowlege and responded "It's finite. There is a huge brick wall at the edge of the universe and it's billions and billions of miles away." I figure that should have been that, but NO she then has the audacity to pose a follow up question "what's on the other side of that wall?". I'm fairly confident that the correct answer is that it just goes on forever but I figured I better confirm this with the Throbbing Brain first. Oh yeah, and while you're at it maybe someone could tell me what purpose our existence serves and if consciousness can exist without matter (and as a follow up to that what are 'consciousness' and 'matter'). Please keep your answers to two sentences or less. Thanks in advance.