Life, the Universe, and Everything

August 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Looking into the UniverseLooking into the Universe We've all heard the stories about the beginning of the universe.  But both the Big Bang and the Seven Day Creation stories assume NOTHING existed before that point 12 billion years ago.  But since we also know that nothing can be created from nothing, where did all the something come from?
 
Of course, we guys know that wives can create a big deal out of nothing.  (Just kidding - I just put this in to see if anyone is actually reading this.)  But how can something (in this case an entire universe) just appear out of nothing?  
 
Einstein showed us that mass and energy are interchangeable.  Remember e=mc2?  So if we had a super supply of energy, perhaps that could have been transformed into the mass that formed our universe during the Big Bang.  But if there was nothing, doesn't that mean there was no energy?  Maybe not.  We also know that there are two types of energy: positive and negative, which can cancel each other out, so to speak.  
 
Studies of black holes give us the impression that gravity is a form of negative energy.  If that's true, then perhaps the Big Bang was an event in which the state of nothingness was split into equal shares of positive and negative energy.  And who knows, perhaps this cataclysmic conversion took about 7 days, and everyone can be happy with their beliefs.  
 
Personally, while this is fascinating, I think the real question is "Why do we constantly talk about the creation of the universe as though it is unique?"  Our universe and the Big Bang may be just one of godzillions of similar entities.  Perhaps there is a Big Bang happening somewhere every second.  Maybe these uncountable universes are just part of a larger "Cosmos", and we really should be asking about the creation of the Cosmos.  
 
I'll think about that later.  Time for coffee.
 


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