I am not familiar with what is being taught at the most advanced levels of cosmology. When I see a well-known physicist like Leonard Susskind publishing a book that makes such claims, and when those claims have the strong explanatory power that the view I have advanced above does, I tend to see it as the forefront of science. And you may be right, I may be in advance of the current mainstream, as you note below. I will address that in that location. I would perhaps be more correct to say that this is the forefront of current mainstream thought on cosmology, and then cite sources; I hope I have cited fairly compelling ones above, and I have just found Susskind(2005) and am currently walking through the index looking for a good overall look and for specific citations from Vilenkin, Guth, and Linde. I am currently reading page 303 where it looks like my views above are directly substantiated. I will post shortly on that.