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Friday, February 21, 2014

THE CREATION

The opening chapter of The Bible (by the way, you can get a free Kindle copy here) begins with:

     In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.

It took Him (only one percent of Americans believe God is a Her) six days to accomplish the above, including Us.  While we are rather religious, the trend is downwards, for according to a recent Harris poll, in 2005, 82% believed in God, while now, only 74% do.  I guess politicians are more religious, but 87% of Republicans believe in God, while 72% of Democrats do.

Not sure if this is good or bad, but, regarding beliefs:

  • The Devil                                   58%
  • Darwin's theory of Evolution     47%
  • Ghosts                                       42%
  • UFOs                                         36%
  • Astrology                                   29%
  • Witches                                     26%
No, let me take that back.  This is bad, in fact, embarrassing.  But there has been progress, for in 2005, 62% believed in The Devil, only 42% in Evolution and 41% in ghosts.  At this rate more Americans will believe in Evolution than the Devil by 2030.  A bit more than a third of Republicans believe in Evolution while slightly more than half of Democrats do.  Finally, a Gallup poll showed that 66%, two-thirds, of Americans believed that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.  Amen.

But returning to the Creation, as best guessed by scientists, here is the current view (the early stages expressed by Richard Brill):
  • 13.8 billion years ago there was a Big Bang (BB)
  • at first there was only energy--trillions and trillions and trillions of degrees (he used only two, but I added the third...for)
  • when the temperature cooled to 10 with 32 zeroes (C or F is not mentioned because we're talking uber high numbers) gravity separated
  • the above occurred 10 to the minus 43rd power seconds after the BB
  • while there are more details, let me skip some and say that quarks formed at one micro second after the BB
  • at one second, our Universe was 186,000 miles across (and I still think that this should be radius, or our Universe must be the expanding skin of a sphere--except the big thinkers all say that everything depends of something called the critical density and these are the options):

  • scientists are not certain, but they speculated that somewhere between 10 seconds to 20 minutes after the BB, hydrogen was created

  • around 3 minutes after the BB came helium, then lithium and beryllium
  • 70,000 years after the BB there was more matter than energy in our Universe
  • 377,000 (I marvel at this fairly exact number) years after the BB, the hydrogen and helium began to form stable atoms with electrons
  • these gases then combined to form stars beginning 150 million years after the BB
  • the larger stars created elements like oxygen and carbon, while the super massive ones formed heavier elements like silicon and iron.
Let me stop the creation here, except to say that our known Universe today is mostly hydrogen, 90%, but that we haven't yet "seen" or measured 96% of our Universe--Dark Energy and Dark Matter:

Compound these unknowns with the ultimate question:  What was there before the Big Bang?  Scientists can speculate, but haven't the faintest idea how it all began.  Does this, then, give God and religion an edge?  Nope.  Who Created God?


The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Medal standings

      COUNTRY                  GOLD              SILVER            BRONZE
1
Norway
10
4
8
22
2
Russia
9
10
7
26
3
Canada
9
10
5
24
4
United States
9
7
11
27
5
Germany
8
4
4
16
6
Netherlands
6
7
9
22
7
Switzerland
6
3
2
11

The USA remains #1 with 27 medals and Russia #2 with 26.

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