The Big Bang Theory: Are We Alone?
If you've made it to a certain level of school (most likely elementary) chances are that you have heard of The 'Big Bang' theory. No I'm not talking about that hilarious show that comes on a million times a day on 5 different stations, I am talking about the 'alleged' beginning of the universe. I say 'alleged' because even with the massive amounts of experimentation that has saturated the field of physics, we have yet to move past the Big Bang as anything more than a 'theory'. Still to this day any unbiased scientist will tell you flat out that, this is a theory that will be hard if not improbable to prove. "While the Big Bang theory is the most widely accepted theory about the origins of the Universe, and is supported by all the observational evidence, there are other models that explain the evidence equally well." (Mills). So with that being said, let us take journey into the the furthest regions of our inner space in order to explain how outer space led to our existence, and where we may be headed next.
Just One Chance
Hard to believe we may have come from a chance occurrence huh? Well that's just what scientist want us to believe. "The Universe sprang into existence from a singularity -- a term physicists use to describe regions of space that defy the laws of physics." (Mills). I am not nor claim to be an expert on this stuff, but I can read and comprehend and I am sure you can too.
Here's a quick explanation of the Big Bang theory; "Scientists believe that the Universe was initially so hot and dense, that even elementary particles like protons and neutrons could not exist. Instead, different types of matter collided together, creating pure energy. But as the Universe began to cool during the first few minutes, protons and neutrons began to form. Then slowly over time these protons, neutrons and electrons came together to form Hydrogen and small amounts of Helium. During the billions of years that followed, stars, planets and galaxies formed to create the Universe as we see it today." (Wikipedia)
So all in all there was a bunch of protons and neutrons floating around in space and all of a sudden life was created. Life that can not only interact with eat other, but has the ability to question its own existence? That seems a little improbable. Maybe it is.
Some scientists believe that our universe is the result of an enormous set of finely tuned numbers that had to be tuned into a such a precise value that if even one of these numbers were altered by the slightest bit we would have failed to exist. This theory has been highly debated, even though it has major scientific calculations to explain the possibility. Here's the problem; With The "Fine Tuning" theory, yes there are many great scientific facts to back the thought, but at the core of the theory one would most likely assume a 'higher power' was involved. We all know how most scientist feel about God and religion.
There Can Be Only One?
You see, if Fine Tuning is correct, scientist may have to at least assume that there has to have been a creator, right? A perfect set of numbers tuned into to the perfect constant. Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, etc. all join together at the exact amount capable to create life. What a coincidence right? If you talk to any scientist you will quickly realize that they don't believe in coincidence, that is in fact the whole reason for the existence of science...to figure out and prove why things happen. This leaves the guys in the white coats a little frustrated. Why? Because the most probable explanation is an improbable entity. You've got to love it.
Some of you might be looking for more scientific mumbo jumbo...I'm sorry, I don't have time for that. Also that's not very interesting. After you get past the stuff I just mentioned above you end up with a bunch of nerds (no offense) arguing with each other about who's right and who's wrong. I like to focus on the philosophic side of science. In other words; What could all of this mean to me and human civilization? This brings me to the interesting theory of the "multiverse". Oh trust me...you are going to like this.
What is a 'multiverse'? It's just what it sounds like; Multiple universes. Think about it like this. Superman and Spiderman are both superheroes, but they exist in different comic book universes. Superman is from the DC Comics universe where he lives in the big city of Metropolis. Spiderman is from the Marvel Comics universe where he lives in the big city of New York. I'll come back to this in a little bit.
Scientist have a theory that the universe we live in may not be the one and only universe around. "The universe we live in may not be the only one out there. In fact, our universe could be just one of an infinite number of universes making up a "multiverse. Though the concept may stretch credulity, there's good physics behind it. And there's not just one way to get to a multiverse — numerous physics theories independently point to such a conclusion. In fact, some experts think the existence of hidden universes is more likely than not.". (Moskowitz).
In the article "5 Reasons We May Live in a Multiverse" Moskowitz lists some intriguing possibilities. Here thjey are with my interpretation;
1. Infinite Universes - This theory suggests that there could be many similar universes. Scientists shape of space-time is flat and infinite meaning that it goes on forever. Now add the fact that there are only set amount of different ways particles can be arranged. That means that if this theory is true there could a twin of you or me somewhere else. Think about it like this; if you lined up every different crayon color you could find at some point your patterns will repeat right?
2. Bubble Universes - This theory arises from another theory called 'enternal inflation' or the theory that our universe expands like a balloon or bubble. In this case our universe could be just one of many bubbles in the vastness of space.
3. Parallel Universes - You may like this one. besides time and space, scientist believe there could be a third dimension, one that floats above ours. This is a idea that arises from string theory. Wow so maybe if we were to get pushed far enough in space somehow we could collide with another universe? That would be cool...I think.
4. Daughter Universes - This theory uses probabilities to suggest that the universe may be all about math and just like any math question there are several different ways to get a solution. In addition all possible outcomes do occur. "For example, if you reach a crossroads where you can go right or left, the present universe gives rise to two daughter universes: one in which you go right, and one in which you go left." (Moskowitz)
5. Mathematical Universes - More math here, but this time the theory suggests that if math is simply a useful tool to describe the universe, then out observations and equations could be just the tip of the iceberg. In other words we not yet be able to understand the equation or there is one equation for us and many others out there.
So in essence Superman and Spiderman could both exist in different universes. Maybe there is a Krypton. Could there be a different me from another universe writing the exact same thing right now and a different you reading this while you are? This is some trippy stuff right here, but it's these kinds of thoughts that make you sit and think for a second. There is a possibility that we are just a tiny piece of a humongous picture. A piece of lint on a grand scale. the fact that we even have the intelligence to ponder and create the things that we have over our existence just has to make you wonder what is out there and are we alone? If protons and neutrons created our universe and in turn created us, then where did they come from? Energy can not be created nor destroyed right? There must be a God right? How else can you explain this all? So many questions. So little answers. In the last 20 years I witnessed us go from beeper to a cellphone to a computer that fits into the palm of my hand. What does the future hold now I ask?
Take a second and think about the things I touched on here and the questions I asked. I could honestly go on about this stuff for hours, but my fingers and mind are on a different level right now. You tell me what you think about all of this. I am eager to hear your responses. Until then..."live long and prosper". (Spock).