Friday, March 17, 2006

Did the Universe Inflate in Less Than a Trillionth of a Second?

________________The Universe (Actual Size)_______________

As avid readers of this blog already know - just play along - I’m a big fan of science, and the crazier sounding the better. No matter how much cynicism you bring to the latest reports, at some point you have to admit the universe is a fairly wacky place. That puts me in good company as a comedy writer. If there is a God, and most men watching Maria Sharapova play tennis just now, would have to assume there is, than God is also deep into the comedy.
Putting it another way, the most far-out stuff I heard from counterculture types about the way things work in the universe, has nothing on these scientists. Remember, when scientists were staid, and boring? Well, they still are but their latest theories are not: Light bending by gravity( That’s pretty old.) Things existing in two places at once(That’s pretty new.)
String theory, which is now ridiculed but once talked of 11 to 13 dimensions. Just the stuff we really believe we know is whacky enough, and now the scientists claim to have proof that the universe expanded from virtually nothing to nearly its current size in less than a trillionth of a second. For you God lovers out there, that sounds like creation. Too bad they say it happened 14 billion years ago, although I know you have convoluted ways of explaining that if you’re locked into the 6,000 year timeline.
We are in a galaxy that is so big light takes 100 thousand years to cross it, yet we see the edge and galaxies far, far, away. Either that light was planted there by a deceitful God to trick us into thinking the universe was much older than 6,000 years, or the Bible is not accurate, and therefore not the word of God. Believe me, I see why you struggle so much to make all this fit. For one thing, the light beams that would have been put in place depict things that wouldn’t have really happened. In your world, they’re just there to fool us into thinking the universe is older than 6,000 years. Why? Who knows?
But once creationists get past all that, they can take heart in the following article about the universe coming into being in a trillionth of a second. That’s pretty deep. Of course, I sat in Keller Auditorium one time listening to Stephen Hawking’s voice generator say a bunch of stuff about string theory that is now widely discounted, so who knows what they’ll claim next? I will say there is an unmistakable trend in knowledge away from normal-sounding stuff and towards the unbelievably whacky. Anyway, it sometimes makes my head hurt, but I love this stuff and I can’t wait to read what’s next.
VOA News - Scientists Find Evidence Universe Inflated in Less Than Trillionth of a Second

2 Comments:

At 2:18 PM, Anonymous gorok said...

Those trilobyte fossils at the bottom of the Grand Canyon were a good trick as well.

I haven't seen or heard any ridiculing of string theory. However, I would guess that anyone of that ilk probably hollers "do the math!" when what they really mean is "do the arithmetic" (as in "count change") as they have no frickin' idea of mathematics.

 
At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating stuff. To me the most amusing characteristic is the relatively small piece of the pie that is termed"atoms". In other words, most of the "stuff"and "force" out there is not yet directly observable and is actually still in the realm of theoretical construct. I have to go lie down now.

 

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