God and Goldilocks: Our Universe

The more we know, the less we know..

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The Universe Begins.The Big Bang concept was seized-upon by the entertainment industry.Eistein explains his theories.
The Universe Begins.
The Universe Begins.
The Big Bang concept was seized-upon by the entertainment industry.
The Big Bang concept was seized-upon by the entertainment industry.
Eistein explains his theories.
Eistein explains his theories.

"The Universe is Queerer Than We Can Suppose!"

I suppose I should lead his article with the fact that I don't believe in the metaphysical: that includes anything that hasn't - or cannot one day - be explained in scientific terms and facts...or even accepted theories, such as evolution, for example. This includes god and gods; things that go "bump" in the night (unless it's my own bed-head on the rare nights I get lucky), or UFO's, although I am receptive to any stranger whom might arrive from deep space, I just don't think they have done so yet.

But, lawdie, isn't it hard to try and comprehend how - and even, what - is the universe, that apparently expanding enormity of heavenly, ahem, bodies and deep space that surround our own relatively miniscule planet? And just when we are happy with the idea of its expansion, these damn boffins tell us, "Well, yes, it's expanding, but you couldn't go to the leading edge and try to see what lies beyond because you would only arrive back at where you came from as space curves." As if, of course, we could accelerate enough to cover the million-trillion miles, or so, to reach the edge anyway.

Also, we just got happy with the "Big Bang" theory and the "fact" that the universe was created in nano-seconds from a pin-point of matter to become everything we are, we see, and what we will be.

But now they tell us that this little concentration of all matter is a "Singularity," and actually cannot even be seen if you were somewhere handy with an electron microscope to do so!

In fact, the big bang theory seems to be going the way of the Dodo and is replaced by the term, "Inflation Theory," or a sudden expansion." And how, baby! Terms like "Vacuum energy" are being banded about and "Scalar field," (Don't ask, neither they nor I have a clue what these suggestions really mean). How do we take in the apparent fact that "There once was nothing, and now there is this Universe?" Starting to sound a bit like "In seven day he made the Earth," etc., isn't it? No wonder religious beliefs have lasted so long, man just finds it hard not to find a reason he can latch onto for everything in his life and what came before and - especially - what might come after this brief dance in the sun.

The poor old mind boggles as it tries to find some closure in theories such as the "universe-within-universes," (the old world- within-worlds theory on a grander scale). Or that space and time are not subject to our own mundane laws of physics but operate on alien principles far too esoteric for us to comprehend, never mind explain. The biologist Haldane, once famously stated, "The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, it is queerer that we can suppose." At times, we seem to be in the same position as the ancients who could find no explanation for their own sun and moon, never mind all else in the universe, so decided to see them as gods and make sacrifices to them,

And how about the emergence of life on our world? OK, it's easy to say, "Well, the conditions were right for the chemical processes to begin - maybe lightning sparked-off a particular soup of chemicals." So the universe sure turned out well for the little ape-like creatures, Homo sapiens, and all the myriad forms that have come before. At least, we think it has. But suppose the singularity which spawned all the stars, planets and galaxies, etc., can reverse itself? In a flash, like water running down some vast drain, we might in an instant return to that invisible singularity where it all began. For sure, we would be crushed! Or at the very least living on top of the neighbours we had been trying to ignore for 20 years!

But if everything stays in perfect pitch and balance, the universe will keep on calmly expanding infinitely - at least, indefinitely - scientists call this the "Goldilocks Effect" after the tale by Southey of the fortunate child who found love amongst the Three Bears. So all we have to worry about will only really worry the grandkids,' a trillion times removed, as our sun finally gives up the ghost, becomes a supernova and eliminates the solar system and all life within it.

But, hey, don't panic, I am convinced mankind will be long gone by the time about another 5 billion years has past - the period left to us.

So, if we can’t explain how the singularity got there or all the other mysteries of space-time that so bother physicists, isn’t it time to say the theists have it right and that the hand of a Supreme Being is the only explanation for how all this began, even if, yes, we were wrong for centuries over Adam and Eve and that evolution was part of the Maker’s plan?

You all know what’s coming, don’t you? A great big and emphatic NO! We don’t want the return to some 3rd Millennium Dark Ages, thank you, with the High Priests calling the shots and all the learned texts by cosmologists and the rest being destroyed, and non-believers being burned at the stake, or worse, sent to live in Harlow (or Philadelphia!).

On the contrary, we want our scientists to soldier-on with all the new equipment available to them and more arriving every day: particle accelerators, immensely powerful super-computers, radio telescopes that can peer into the hidden depths of the universe, and, perhaps soon, the return of a space program by the enlightened nations that will finally have man exploring and finally colonizing nearby planets and relieving the awful burden imposed on man and all the creatures of this brave and tired planet, Earth...Before it’s too late!

God, if you’re there and listening, you had your turn and made a mess of things for years, you ain’t getting another shot at us!

 

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j.amie 5 years ago from PA

There was something I read in a book that this Hub brings to mind, a dialog of sorts...it went something like this:

Where are you? In my case..in my office, I say.

Where is your office? In Pennsylvania

So where is Pennsylvania? In the United States

Where is the United States? On the North American Continent, in the Northern Hemisphere

Where is the Northern Hemisphere? It's the top half of the planet Earth

Where is planet Earth? In the Milky Way Galaxy

Where is the Milky Way Galaxy? In space.

Where is space? Well....

We have no clue where we are. Yet, we think our lives are so very significant.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi Jamie: Ain't dat de truf! In the last analysis, there may be no "where." You know, man really has no idea about anything, from the smallest particles in an atom to the boundaries of the visible universe. I guess what we need is a good friend and hang on tight! Thanks for interesting comment..Bob


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

We like to think we are the smartest creatures in all the universe, yet the universe is so vast it boggles our imaginations.

Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man[e] has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

We don't understand what is on earth, how do we think we understand it All?

Great hub!


diogenes 5 years ago

Hi Bobbi. Sorry, but all that religious hocos-pocus leaves me bewildered. Bewildered, because it says nothing, and I can't understand how anyone is taken in by it. You might as well listen to a witch-doctor and their mindless incantations, or believe the Mad-Hatter's view on life was "gospel." Sorry, Bobbi, because I really admire you and your stimulating hubs...Bob


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

LOL I was just making a point about humans not knowing everything, whether it be on earth or in the universe. I could have used another quote. Hope it was OK.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Bobbi: I am no one to judge you and whether what you say in comment is OK. It was me who misunderstood and me who should - and is - apologising. Bob (removing foot from mouth)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I'm beginning to think it's pointless to try to imagine the universe. What would it accomplish anyway? We are here now and I say, enjoy the moment!


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Just what the heck are you doing (or were) in the moment that was so enjoyable...dare I ask...dare you tell!

Yes, Austinstar but ignorance is never bliss for people like us...Bob


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

diogenes... Enjoyed this Hub. There are more questions than answers! Theories come and go.

While all this seeking may be pointless and of no great importance, neither is fashion, sports, politics or much else in life, except those we love.

However, curiosity is part of the human condition and pointless as it may be, some of the amenities we enjoy have evolved out of the ideas of those seeking to discover the why, what and where of it all!

I think our imagination is the most interesting part of us. It has given us our modern world with all its great conveniences...so I am all for imagination,curiosity and seeking answers, even if they are pointless...because sometimes someone actually discovers something new and marvelous, that the rest of us get to enjoy...and there we are....back to enjoying the moment!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, while I try to enjoy every moment I can, you are correct, ignorance is never bliss for us. Ignorance is a big thorn in my side. I wish I were as ignorant as the people I have to associate with. Just knowing how ignorant they are causes me great anguish. And I'm not THAT informed either.

I had a bad night tonight. I think everyone at work was drinking stoopid juice and they didn't give me any. After the third or so call about how to draw and label a blood specimen I gave up. I had to scream at the phone (on hold of course) First day on the job, numnuts? I swear these nurses? can't pour urine out of a bed pan unless the directions are on the bottom.

Don't you just love it when someone asks you a question and you try to give them the answer and they won't listen? What's up with that. Quit asking me!

I have to keep telling myself over and over - These things are tinier than I am in the big scheme of things. Why am I getting so annoyed? I should just go outside and look at the stars. Sorry for venting.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi Scribenet: Yes, it seems, as I said in a poem, truth is like an onion, you peel and peel and eventually end up with nothing and have to pick up another onion. I ofen wonder how exclusive our imagination is: I would expect dolphins and elephants to dream and contemplate their existance to a degree - but nothing like our fevered hard-drive for sure...Bob


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

People are under so much stress in these times. The British are far worse in general than are North Americans who at least try to be friendly and civil. No one wants to even speak to you here. Of course, I'm older and I ain't a celeb. or rich, so why should they bother? Being human doesn't qualify you for more than an abrupt nod. Our hospitals are awful here too thanks to the NHS being out of control...Bob


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Sorry Austinstar...last comment was for you: forgot to put your tag, se how British I am! Bob x


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

At least if you cuss me out, It will be in one of those lovely British accents :-) That never sounds rude to me. More like a jolly good show!


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Ohhw, Aey say old bean, you are absolutely priceless you know. Ay said to Charlie last week, that Awstinstah is such a card!! Bob

ps Give me a southern drawl any day.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I never believed in that Big Bang. Even if it were so where does the starting point come from. Ihave time for religion but I believe there something or hope there is what we call God. I hope the human race it not the end of the chain. Something must have created that lot.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi HH. It's the old chicken or egg conundrum taken to cosmic proportions. Well, when the boffins find out, maybe they'll tell us. Bob


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

It is really so much easier to say ‘whatever, whatever, God is the creator, he is my father, whatever, he will take care of me.’ This thought/believe/faith/ whatever you want to call it, gives me the peace I need to live my very short life on this earth. So what if I die and he is not there to take care of me? So what, I’ll be as dead as dust. (Is dust dead?)

I see God as the Unknown, the Power of life, the whatever is out There that makes the earth go round and round... We should not blame that power/spirit/god whatever word you prefer to use, for what people did (according to them) in his name. People’s idea of him is mostly just a little bigger than their idea of Christmas Father. They have to personalize him to be able to believe in him. Pathetic, most of them.

One has to experience the peace, strength, courage and everything that is good obtained through faith in a god to accept and understand the ‘idea’ of theism. And, of course, most people miss the true concept completely, and they don’t even know it.

I enjoyed this hub – the interesting facts as well as your views. Rated UP and UP.

PS: I was just getting on top of the Big Bang, and now they've changed their minds. Oh goodness, I give up :)))


diogenes 5 years ago

Thanks for thoughtful comment Martie...Bob


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Great!

An entertaining, thought-provoking and illuminating hub. Just what we need! Well done ~ I really enjoyed that :)


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Thanks Trish. It awes and humbles me to see I have kept you away from the marvellous library of yours for a few minutes that meant something to you...Bob


dakim 4 years ago

I find it hard that you embrace evolution... it just has too much that doesn't make sense. I'm a creationist as you may have guessed but that is because I look at things from this point of view.

At it's basic evolution states that, 'because we had/wanted to, thus we became'.

On the other hand, creation at it's basic states that, 'because we were meant to, so we were made'

if the world was left to evolution, it would be chaotic at best. Imagine that every little thing that stands as a challenge triggers evolution? Also, how can evolution have happened across a species, that is most likely separated geographically at the same time? How could the giraffes in Africa that desired to browse and hence evolved into having long necks have affected the rest of the species across the entire world?

I believe that the superior being that is the architect of the universe uses evolution as a means of upgrading his/her creation. Let's look at an example common to us. comparing automobiles of the early 1900s to what we have today, we can safely say that in a sense cars have evolved. They evolve as our needs evolve... because we want cars that can sail in water, we create them. I believe that this is the same approach that is used by the supreme being his/her creations evolves as per his/her wishes.

I have much to write, let me stop there for now... I would like to hear you thoughts on these few words. Thanx

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