big bang

I’ve met a few muslims who seriously (tried to) use the big bang as ‘proof’ of the existence of god, using the First Cause (uncaused) argument. i was gobsmacked that anyone would still try this failed tactic.. Having god press the big red button to start the show is no sort of explanation whatsoever, if anything it adds a load more unanswered questions.

equally, it is a fallacy to assume that either a big bang or a steady state universe is more believable on purely logical grounds. both are an utterly incredible state of affairs for which we have no real explanation.

all that we can talk about is stuff that happens inside the universe and here, by peering far back in time, we are able to see that a long, long time ago the universe was very small and moderately uniform, interpolating backwards it gets very hot and crowded.

“Very little of this is, however, comprehensible to anyone below the level of Advanced God, and since it is now well established that all known gods came into existence a good three millionths of a second after the universe began, rather than, as they usually claimed, the previous week, they already have a great deal of explaining to do as it is, and are therefore not available for comment on matters of deep physics at this time” – Douglas Adams


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