Items Posted In May, 2019

The Multiverse

The Multiverse

Posted on May 31, 2019 by

Categories: Cosmology, Philosophical, Science

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No science concept has caught the public imagination more than that of a multiverse.  In the popular imagination, it is the theory that there are other universes present simultaneously with our own, with people resembling us acting out their lives along with a completely different storyline.  There is an infinite number of these stories producing an infinite number of outcomes. This concept has also caught on with the cosmology community as well for somewhat different reasons.  The idea of a finite beginning to the universe has too many theological consequences as well as difficulties with the burgeoning number of fine-tuning… Read More »

Extraterrestrial Life

Picture of Mars

Posted on May 30, 2019 by

Categories: Biology, Science

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It is very likely that life will be discovered on some other solar system body even though a naturalistic origin of life seems to be quite impossible. Life on earth has been very abundant on Earth for about 3.8 billion years.  We have some form of life everywhere; down to the very depths of the oceans, underneath ice caps, in deserts, and deep into the earth.  There is life from intense freezing cold to near boiling water near ocean vents. As said in Jurassic Park – life finds a way. When life does get discovered on another solar system object… Read More »

Imaginary Time

clock to measure time

Posted on May 29, 2019 by

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Many cosmologists have struggled with the theological implications of the theories being developed recently. As we have seen, the BGV theory showed there is no getting around the origin of time at a single event called a “singularity.”  Furthermore, relatively states that everything began in that singularity including all space and time. Perhaps the most famous cosmologist who struggled with the theological notion of a beginning of time was Stephen Hawking.  He has become somewhat of a folk hero for many because he has tried to develop a means for excluding God from the creation event.  This is probably one… Read More »

The Eternal God

God Creating the World

Posted on May 26, 2019 by

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The Bible is the only holy book that unambiguously states that God existed before the beginning of time, and that time itself even has a beginning. Before God created “the heavens and the earth”, and that God is capable of doing things even before the dimension of time was created.  The Bible along describes God as acting independently of the physical world and its 10 space-time dimensions for he is not subject to length, width, height, and time for he is the one who brought them into existence. Scripture also defines God in ways that defy explanation in terms of… Read More »

The Beginning of Time

beginning of time

Posted on May 25, 2019 by

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One of the most amazing things about the Big Bang theory is that it predicts all matter and time itself had a beginning.  For many years, theoretical physicists have attempted to revise the obvious predictions of Einstein’s theory of relativity concerning the expansion of the universe and the beginning of space and time.  This beginning leads to the possibility of a Beginner with all the theological implications of that conclusion. Recent scientific advances seem to make the case even more certain for the beginning of space and time.  Many have proposed a multiverse situation where continuous creations of an infinite… Read More »

Quantum Gravity

Quantum Gravity

Posted on May 24, 2019 by

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The current understanding of gravity is based upon Einstein’s general theory of relativity which is itself based upon classical physics.  The other three fundamental forces (electromagnetic, weak nuclear force and strong nuclear force) are described within the field of quantum mechanics which uses totally different formulations. Additionally, gravity is generally understood as operating within a large distance scale such as between planets, while the other three forces are operable on an atomic scale and subatomic particles. The field of quantum gravity attempts to understand gravity on a subatomic scale – generally at length scales near the Planck scale of about… Read More »

Oscillating Universe

The Sun

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

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The steady state universe model along with its subsequent modifications has been shown not to be consistent with observational data.  Many cosmologists had been very interested in finding some way to make such a model work since it effectively did away with the need for an absolute beginning and its suggestion of a Beginner. Another model was dusted off and offered with an enthusiasm suggesting it might offer hope out of this metaphysical conundrum.  Hindu teachers for centuries have proposed a concept of reincarnation; now this idea was applied to the life of a universe.  More specifically, the oscillating universe… Read More »

Modified Steady State Universe

The Earth seems to have been designed for exploration of the cosmos with its clear atmosphere, position in the solar system and universe, and clear nights.

Posted on May 21, 2019 by

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Steady state cosmology suggested the universe was really infinitely old and large in size with all matter being spontaneously created throughout the universe.  This was a very convenient construct in that it allowed an infinite number of chances to develop the world we know today.  Even very improbable events such as the creation of life on a rocky star near a normal star become probable given enough time and chances.  This theory was favored for many years during the mid portion of the twentieth century in that is obviated the need for a Creator. Time and further observational data would… Read More »

The Expanding Universe

The expanding universe suggested a time when the universe started its expansion. This concept is still vigorously argued attempting to avoid need for a Creator.

Posted on May 18, 2019 by

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The twentieth century was changed by the discovery of the expanding universe.  This discovery changed our view of the Universe and out place within it. Before the telescope was invented by Galileo in 1610, astronomers believed the universe consisted of only a few thousand stars and a few dozen nebulae. Telescopes and optics improved substantially over the nineteenth century allowing better and deeper visualization of the cosmos.  By the end of the century, the universe seemed endless with billions of stars and millions of nebulae. There seemed to be no end in sight – there seemed to be no boundary… Read More »

Paradox of the Dark Night Sky

Posted on May 18, 2019 by

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You go out at night after the moon has set and gaze upwards into the dark night sky punctuated by tiny dots of light such as from stars and planets. But why does it get dark when the sun sets if the universe is infinitely large?  Interestingly, this paradox has interested scientists over the past several hundred years ranging from Kepler (who discovered the laws of planetary motion) to Halley (of Halley comet fame).  Even non-scientists such as Edgar Allen Poe have pondered the mystery of this question and have offered a possible resolution to this paradox.  Poe published his… Read More »