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?
Only if you tell the rest of what it is for...;p)
The invention of chocolate candy, of course. Couldn't live without it!
When most people think of the "Big Bang" theory, it seems a massive explosion comes to mind. But when you ask an astrophysicist, he/she will say that it was a bang that occurred in "10 dimensional hyperspace," so when that's added, then that completely destroys any concept I had of attempting to understand the theory. I mean, WTF?! LOL.
But in listening to various talks and reading material on the topic, usually these physicists will try and assist our layman understanding with images, and among these examples, the most popular is probably the "multiverse."
One metaphor you'll often hear is in the form of "foam," and each bubble in the foam is a universe, and within the foam, bubbles (or universes) are constantly expanding and collapsing. I'm not sure how a "heat death" can can occur in one of those bubbles, but apparently the "The Big Freeze" end scenario of the universe is the commonly accepted version amongst scientists.
"The Big Crunch" scenario is a cyclic model where you have the "Big Bang" expanding from a singularity, and after billions, and billions of years when the energy of the Big Bang has exhausted itself, then you have a collapse back into the singularity, hence "Big Crunch," which is then followed by another "Big Bang," and this process goes on ad infinitum. I want to post a video below of a recently deceased Indian guru explaining the cyclic model in parallel to the ideas in Hinduism such as the kalpa and yuga, but you have to pay careful attention, 'cause this guy has no teeth!
If you consider this "foam" concept, then it's not as though the universe is "coming from nothing." There's talk in physics of "baby universes" sprouting from "parent universes." In other words, the singularity is essentially a "white hole," which is the opposite end of a "black hole" where energy is shot through a wormhole and into our universe. So, this foam of the multiverse is a kind of infinite play of energy.
Anyway, Dalton, I just offer those as concepts to mull over or perhaps muddle over. I'm not sure if you follow any theoretical or astrophysicists, and I know people have their favorites, whether it be Stephen Hawkings, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Briane Greene, etc. I've noticed most people tend to criticize Michio Kaku, but I'd recommend him if any of these concepts are new for you. I'll post an interview with Kaku below done with Harold Channer. Maybe you've seen it before, if not I'll post it anyway:
If you're interested in pondering "higher dimensions," I'd recommend books such as Douglas Hofstadter's "I Am a Strange Loop," or Rudy Rucker's "The Fourth Dimension." There's also Rob Bryanton's YouTube channel "10thdim". Peace!
It might be best to not confuse 'reality' with a 'mathematical construct', unless of course they are the same.
I am only a little more optimistic than I was yesterday. My girl friend suggests that such folks should eat better, mellow out, and 'make l-ve not mathematical constructs', to which I only partly agree. Since her 'construct' seems to be only three deminsional, I vote for a more complex manifold.
Mixing nerds and 'worldlys' might not be a reasonable thing to do, but sadly there seems to be fewer nerds. Love, I expect, might not have 'variables' that can be mathematically expressable.....
After reading that the big bang story is favored by cosmologists, I looked up cosmology. The dictionary I used (by a major publisher of such books) said it combines metaphysics and astronomy.
I looked up metaphysics and found two definitions: first principles and talk with no basis in reality.
Hm-mm, just like religion.
It is a 'meta' issue, sadly most 'meta' Physics' I have read offers few helpful insights. The 'origin' of the universe sort of demands us to expand our vision/thought.