Re: Terminology: Multiverse versus Omniverse
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 21:35
Shaitan wrote:A Thing of Eternity wrote:Even rearranging the words might help, the "The Multiverse Ends" or some such.
Well, see, part of the appeal of the original phrasing was that it was deliberately ambiguous as to whether it references an "end" as in a location or "end" as in the ceasing of its existence or both....and yet isn't quite as pretentious as, say, The Event (don't even get me started!).
The phrasing you're suggesting removes that ambiguity. Then again, I'm pretty much resolved to dropping that approach to the title at this point and trying another tack; problem is, I've already been at this for so long that I'm nervous it will take me a while to come up with something better. Alas, I'd rather wait than suck so I'm trying to remind myself that patience is a virtue....
I see what you're saying with that, if it helps you decide, you might want to know that while your original idea is technically ambiguous, 95% of people will interpret that "end" as "to cease to be" - because the "end" being a location implies a linear journey/path/objectorplacebeingtranversed - you get to the end of the road for example, but you do not get to the end of the continent, you get to the edge, you don't get to the end of the solar system, again, it's "edge" and so forth and so on as you scale the example up. So it's highly unlikely in my personal opinion that anyone would interpret that "end" to mean "edge" - long story short, I wouldn't worry about losing that ambiguity, because I don't think you had any in the first place (and, just in case I'm talking out my ass, try polling some people - say that sentence to them and ask them what they think it means. I'm fairly certain every person you ask will think it means "to end").