thanks to those of u who responded to my query. very interesting ideas. i was particularly impressed by bill whitlock's responce. specifically the following: "we can always take a creation explanation and push (like that word) it back one step...and not have a satisfying answer." that being said, it seems to me that at the end of the day (so far), it comes down to...PICK YOUR THEORY.
On 02/27/13, Ted Drange<[address removed]> wrote:
Did time have beginning? If it did, then it could not possibly have been deliberately created, since a creator must always exist in time BEFORE his creation (which is impossible if the creation is time itself). So, if time had a beginning, then it simply began, uncaused. But time is the period between events. So, in that case, events (matter in motion) must have simply begun, uncaused. On the other hand, if time had no beginning, then there is no reason whatever to deny that events (matter in motion) also had no beginning, in which case, again, there was NO CAUSE for them. That which had no beginning cannot possibly have a cause. What room, then, is there for any "creator" in any of this?
At 10:37 AM 2/27/2013, you wrote:
I won't assume that Phil is headed in this direction, but many times religious folks will ask this question to start a discussion about creation in general. Typically, they offer that some (or their) god created the universe/cosmos. But, for anyone who thinks logically, the next question should be "If God created the universe, then where did God come from?" Their answer to that is usually something like "God always existed and will exist forever." However, it's every bit as logical to say "The universe always existed and will exist forever (in one form or another)." In spite of the multitude of facts and observations that support the Big Bang theory, in a fundamental logical way it's "in the same boat" so-to-speak as the religious answer. We can always take a creation explanation and push it back one step ... and not have a satisfying answer.
In my personal opinion, I support the Big Bang theory (as well as the great TV show by that name!) but have resigned to the fact that we may never know where that first bit of matter (or energy) came from. I find it a bit ironic that so many folks are consumed by seeking the answer to a question like this that really will have no bearing on their life at all. The universe has always existed and always will ... period - I've accepted that as satisfying enough. Now, I think I should move on and solve some problems that really can affect me and others on this planet. BTW, I'm an engineer (analog electronics) and hold logical thought and skepticism in the highest possible regard - without them, we'd likely be little more than cave dwellers.
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- The Big Bang theory is the prevailing model. All matter was compressed into a single point, but it exploded from it. No matter was created or destroyed, but it expanded from that singular point. The universe is still continuing to expand as of now, over 13.7 billion years after the fact.
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- my name is phil. just wondering (haven't made a meeting yet), do you have a theory as to the origin of the cosmos?
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