Teleros wrote:Why not? Leaving aside questions as to the Big Bang, why could it not grow forever, given that ordinary time is supposed to continue plodding forwards forever*.
* Although I suppose that in the event of a heat death or big crunch you could say it stops, but that's kinda like the Big Bang for anti-time I guess.
for the same reason why lasers can't penetrate enterprise's shields regardless of the yield: the no limits fallacy. http://www.stardestroyer.net/mrwong/wik ... ts_fallacy
You misunderstand the fallacy. We see the expansion on screen over several billion years, extrapolating from there is a logical step to make. If the anti-time "fed" on matter, say, then I agree that assuming it could expand forever would be a logical fallacy, given what we know of the distances between galaxies and such (although it might hit other galaxies the smaller the universe is and expand then, but meh). However, as we see or hear of no such limit in the episode (like I said, I'm ignoring the issue of the Big Bang for now), to assume that it will naturally come up against one such limit is illogical. Or:
1. It gets bigger over time. Backwards over time, but whatever
2. Seemingly nothing natural to stop it (obviously, as we saw, there are artificial means)
3. So it can keep getting bigger ad infinitum
1. More powerful lasers have more momentum, at the very least
2. You can't ignore momentum
3. Various other things specific to the case, such as the relatively primitive technology & low firepower of the laser-firing ship, etc
4. Turbolasers, in spite of the name, aren't actually lasers
5. This ain't the Skylark of Space