Alternative to the 'Big Bang'?
Is there any other alternatives to the 'Big Bang' theory that might be possible?
How about God?
They do say that the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that created the world.
You gotta be brain-dead to think that matter can self-create itself. If that was the case, then how come suitcases full of $100 bills don't self-create all over the place so I can get my hands on them and take some fine ladies out to dinner, dancing and romancing?
It had to be God. There is just no other way about it.
@fatfist: There is no reason to be so certain. You make the classic mistake of thinking to know what "nothing" looks like but no human knows that. We know what empty space, or vacuum, looks like but we don't know what it looks like "outside" the universe, if there is such as thing or place. It is quite hard to make strong statements about the origin of the universe.
The Small Fizzle?
Personally I like the Big Bang theory. I'm not much of a scientist, but it's poetic. I like the way the smallest echos the largest: outer space is mostly empty space, and atoms are mostly empty space. The universe started with a sudden explosion of matter, individuals start with rapidly multiplying cells. A circle of life sort of thing.
I'm with fatfist on this. If you are really interested in the subject, and seeking a scientific point of view, get the Moody Science Videos. You will find that science really does reinforce the idea of creation.
There is the Little Whimper Theory,-
That the universe may have just quietly crept into existence when no one was looking, and sat quietly not doing much in the way of excercise so just got slowly bigger, its plausable, hope this helps.
Yes there are many possibilities. Some are already in the domain of respected science... eg Steady State universe.
"Big Bang" was coined by Fred Hoyle. The term had wide appeal to creationists and ever since then many scientists have been trying to make the suit fit.
There is no reason to believe the universe is not infinite and filled infinitely with galaxies and stars and planets except the boneheads who keep trying to prove Big Bang is a legitimate answer.
But Big Bang suffers the same problem as the God concept. What came before? What lies outside of the known universe?
In my opinion Big Bang theory is for idiots. I said it, I mean it.
Hi, to all you guys that have answered so far. Really appreciate the input.
To answer to a couple of responses. I don't follow a religion as such. Nor do I believe in a 'male', 'big brother' god with a white frock and beard sitting watching over us. And I don't think a 'creator' is in fact anything like what is described in Holy Books. But I honestly don't think that there is anything in science that absolutely rules out an intelligence behind creation. I feel that both science and a universal intelligence are feasible and one doesn't necessarily rule out the other.
Until we interview the One who witnessed the beginning (if there was a beginning) we will never know for sure. For now all we can do is try to better understand the Universe. God has promised those who seek answers that they will find them, so it is definitely good for scientists to keep searching. But it is healthy to distinguish between facts and theories. Science is constantly changing. Nearly every "widely accepted" theory eventually became out of date. No question today's theories will eventually be replaced by new ones.
(Ok, so I didn't answer your question, ha, ha!)
The universe being infinite and eternal is the only rational alternative to the Big Bang. The Big Bang is a creationist myth. Matter cannot instantly appear out of nowhere. God and Big Bang are both irrational theories. In fact, the Big Bang was invented by a religious man, George Lemaitre.
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