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Big Bang theory demands faith in science page 2


Date published: 6/13/2013

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I spent a full three minutes researching the answer in "layman's terminology" using Google. It turns out this is one of those "hard" questions in science, the way "Where did Cain's wife come from?" is hard in Sunday school. The consensus answer is that the universe is expanding according to the rules of Einstein's general theory of relativity with several alternative versions that hinge on whether the universe is "open" or "closed" or "flat" or perhaps something else. You can, in fact, say with some justification that the universe is expanding in space-time "scale" without actually expanding in "size," at least as size is generally understood. Another way to put it is that it is expanding into a kind of "nothing" that becomes "something" only when expanded into, thereby being automatically incorporated into the definition of everything. Think of it as ants on a balloon being slowly blown up. There, Donnie. I hope you're satisfied.

I didn't think so. The consensus answer is no answer at all, or at least not one we poodles can sink our teeth into. And therein lies the rub.

At one time it was possible for an extremely diligent, intelligent, and fortunate person to learn virtually all there was to know and become a Renaissance man. (Yes, I did say "man," Hypatia of Alexandria notwithstanding. But that's another story.) Starting in the early 18th century, the sheer quantity, not to mention sophistication, of knowledge began to grow exponentially. In very short order it was impossible for a single person to become really competent in anything but a single, narrowly defined area. Cosmology is one of those areas.


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