I don't come on here too often, to be honest, but something has really been getting at me lately. "How did the universe become?" I can't necessarily consider myself an atheist, and if I did it would be a "soft" atheist, but overall, I'm more of an agnostic. Basically, do any of you have any theories or have heard of any theories or ideas concerning the topic of our origins? Did the universe just pop up out of nowhere? Is there a higher power?
Horton Hears a Who?
So my reading of all of Dr. Suess was not a waste of time after all. There are hidden messages in them pages....
Louis Carroll also most likely. I can see the rabbit hole coming up next!
I wonder about 'Rats, Lice and History'.....
When you really consider the size of the universe, the mind struggles to grasp the image. We can't really visualise the kind of size it is. Imagine a grain of sand in the Sahara being Earth (its actually loads smaller, but lets use the analogy because we know what a grain of sand looks like). Now imagine 7 billion people on that grain of sand. When you wrap your head around that, then whatever caused the Universe to come into existence is highly unlikely to have done so for a purpose, let alone the purpose of the grain of sand's inhabitants. This link is a BBC short article that may help :)
Imagine a split-end on a hair of a virus on a bacterium on a grain of sand in the Sahara. That's closer to our size compared to the universe.
People tend to skip past "I don't Know" as a valid answer. Regarding this question it is, in truth, the only correct answer and should not be minimized. Who says people even CAN know the answer to this question - if, in the scheme of things, it is even a reasonable question. So what? That doesn't logically lead anywhere. It certainly doesn't take us across the logical chasm to the conclusion that this means there MUST be a creator.
I don't know is the most valid answer but we can speculate
I like the idea of not knowing it evokes an idea of wonderment and any guess is as good as any other but they are all still just guesses some totally bat shit insane others mundane and others fascinating. But all still drive at an inner feeling of what happened and will we ever know and when.
I disagree that any guess is as good as another. A guess that falls in line with known facts is better than one that ignores them - and both are better than a guess that specifically contradicts known facts.
A guess that goes against known facts is nothing more than a white lie and should really be disregarded. One that contradicts facts is attention seeking.
Both examples are killing the natural wonderment that the search has.
Yeah, well that's religion for ya.
I just saw a Through The Wormhole a couple days ago that was devoted to "nothingness" and physicists seemed to be saying that there is no such thing as nothingness and that space itself is a kind of substance (in the way philosophers use the term) and one physicist was saying he believes that what we call empty space is really unstable and can change states and that such a change in state accounts for The Big Bang. He also fretted a bit that the current state could change anytime as well.
Anyway, one thing is certain at least to me. The idea that the universe was created by some guy, no matter how grand and majestic, is a non-starter.
The "problem" of the origin of the universe. Is it really a problem? If it really is, then there's some necessity to solve it. I simply don't see that need. Until a solution presents itself that is undeniable (which I never expect to live to see), I don't lose any sleep over it. I can certainly die without ever knowing.
I can certainly live without ever knowing.