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Inflation And Time

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Posted by Anthony Dembogorski on November 11, 2005 19:08:59 UTC

I have read that Inflation is needed to help explain the size of the universe. Where the initial size of the universe upon its creation expanded faster than the speed of light for a brief instant.
If we try a thought experiment with an observer looking at the initial expanding of the universe from outside. They could see it expand a velocity very close to the speed of light, but not faster. Where as the universe itself would only detect that it had traveled further than was possible (due to time dilatation).
As time is relative to the observer, and if you have nothing to observe except yourself how can you have an idea as to how fast you are moving?. If at some time in the future you are able to look back upon your path traveled, you must conclude that you had a period of inflation (FTL) to be in your current position based upon the amount of time you have observed to have elapsed.
I am sure that this is not an original idea, but maybe some one could point out the flaws in the above ?
Thanks

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