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I have always found it difficult to understand how the scientific establishment seemed to be happy to ignore the question of what happened before the Big Bang. I am impressed with cosmological research - when conducted as an enterprise conscious of its humble possibilities and achievements. The humbler our scientific attitude, the better we shall be able to use our highly confined abilities to learn more of reality. The below findings appeal to my intuition. You will not be surprised that I suspect the hypothesis to be not more and not less than a (possibly ephemeral) tessera in an unimaginably large and complex mosaic. The concept of comprehensive cognition is an instrumental model, which becomes dangerous when it is dealt with as an humanly attainable end.Like part of a cosmic Russian doll, our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe. In turn, all the black holes found so far in our universe - from the microscopic to the supermassive - may be doorways into alternate realities. According to a mind-bending new theory, a black hole is actually a tunnel between universes - a type of wormhole. The matter the black hole attracts doesn't collapse into a single point, as has been predicted, but rather gushes out a 'white hole' at the other end of the black one, the theory goes. Continue »