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Sunday, March 5, 2017

HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?

Think about it.  How did it all begin?  There are two competing pathways, one religious, the other scientific, with nearly infinite variations.

Christianity claims that God has always been here, and other religions have their own origins, all rather ambiguous and obfuscative.  Genesis 1:1 indicates that He acted before time.  You'll be wasting your time to ask who created God, as  this point of view cuts off explanations leading to some infinite regression.

Scientist don't do much better.  One view, let's call it Theory A, is that the Universe (or Universes) is eternal.  There is no beginning as such.  If this sounds remarkably similar to the Christian point of view, scientists have made it convenient for mythology and spiritualism to endure.

Then there are the Big Bang advocates, Theory B, insisting that it all began as a dot smaller than an electron (some go so far as to say 0.88 mm,, about the size of a grain of sand) and expanded to its current size over the past 13.799 plus or minus 0.21 billion years.   Volume?  Distance photons have travelled since that cosmic explosion.

But it's not as simple as an expanding ball.  Astrophysicists have imagine all kinds of other phenomena so that the current observable Universe has a diameter of 93 billion light years, or maybe 84.6 BLY.  These bright minds can only calculate based on which theory they follow.  So at least we know that our Universe is the surface of an expanding ball, right?  Wrong!!!  Read this to appreciate that you live in a Universe that is either flat, positively curved or negatively curved.  Then, of course, what about the portion of the Universe that cannot be observed?

The A types might condescend that the BB could make sense, but that there probably has been a series of Big Bangs, thus, there have been a sequence of Big Bounces.  They would lose some leverage if it ever can be shown that our Universe is continuing to expand at an accelerating rate.  That's the cosmic microwave background to the right, which is important, for this proves there was a Big Bang.

But the science is weak, for physical cosmologists can't explain things like Dark Matter and Dark Energy, which take up 95% (this keeps changing) of what we can observe.  While we have suspected Dark Matter for almost a century, Dark Energy only began to be taken seriously less than two decades ago.  What makes it even more embarrassing is that no one has yet seen or measured either dark entity.  Every expensive experiment has failed.

So which pathway has more credibility?  These quotes are pure figments of imaginations and my scattered comments attempt to explain their thoughts:

Bertrand Russell:  The Universe is just here, and that's all.

Albert Einstein:  He was a Type-A debunker of the Big Bang.

Stephen Hawking:  What was God doing before the divine creation?  Was he preparing Hell for people who asked such questions?

He thought there was only one Big Bang.  Hawking is a believer of Richard Feynman's (leftM-theory, that there are multi-universes, or parallel universes, almost jokingly first described by Erwin Schrodinger in 1952.


Donald Trump:  Angelina Jolie is sort of amazing because everyone thinks she's like this great beauty. And I'm not saying she's an unattractive woman, but she's not beauty, by any stretch of the imagination. I really understand beauty. And I will tell you, she's not — I do own Miss Universe. I do own Miss USA. I mean I own a lot of different things. I do understand beauty, and she's not.  Whoops, how did this get here.  Oh, Universe.  Has anyone asked him his views on the beginning of time?  Can't find anything, but I fear the worst.

So how did this all begin?  It really doesn't matter, does it?

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