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The image in the top left corner is the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.

The Creation of the Universe

Why Creationists Misunderstand

Creationists have a lot of trouble understanding the scientific explanation for the creation of the universe because:

How Could Science Know Anything?

How could scientists possibly now anything about an event that happened 13.82 billion years ago? It turns out that the universe is so big, the light from the big bang is just arriving now. We call that the microwave background radiation. Ken Ham dislikes to dismiss any scientific knowledge about the past by saying Were you there?. In this case, we were. We have a ring-side seat.

Edwin Hubble noticed that the universe is expanding. It is not just that the stars are flying away from each other, space itself is growing. Georges Lemaître, a Belgian Catholic Priest, reasoned that if you go back in time, the universe would be smaller and smaller, eventually so small it would be smaller than an atom. This singularity would the seed of the whole universe.

We have been studying the universe for centuries. Thousands of people like Newton, Einstein, Schrödinger and Hawking have been discovering math that describes what we see happening. They can then apply that math to the conditions near the big bang to model how it would behave.

We have particle accelerators that are so high energy, they mimic the conditions of the big bang. We can perform experiments.

Cause

We discovered quantum mechanics a century ago. We found out to our astonishment, the particles the size of an atom or smaller behave completely counter to intuition. Here are a few examples:

The Singularity

The singularity is so small, it would be subject to quantum effects. It could just pop into existence for no reason.

We have an extremely detailed picture of the big bang right down to a femtosecond after the big bang. That is one quadrillionth of a second. But science has not yet figured out for sure what happened before that. The singularity might:

Various scientists are pretty sure they know the answer, but they cannot prove it, so they shut up until they can. We will have to be patient and let them do their work.

It is childish to claim God did it is the final, definitive, adequate answer to any question we have not decided scientifically yet.

Extinct Elephants

In Laos, humans have so encroached an elephant lands, it looks as though elephants will be extinct there within 30 years. Humans shoot and electrocute elephants to keep them off their land. The peasants hate the elephants for stealing their crops. They don’t recognize that they themselves are squatters on elephant land. This reminds me of the ways Jews treat Palestinians. The Jews encroached on Palestinian land and gradually pushed the Palestinians into smaller and smaller and less fertile territories. They shot them. They bulldozed them to death. They fenced them in. They burned their crops. The difference is, the extinction of Palestinians is considered a desirable end.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)

Public Politician Auction

In the US elections, I see the overwhelming power of anonymous political donations to trick people into voting against their own interests. I suggest Americans give up the sham of being a democracy. Instead, they should hold a public auction where various cartels can buy politicians. The money from the slave auction would go to general revenue to reduce everyone’s taxes. There could also be a sort of stock market for daily buying and selling of politicians’ individual votes. The big advantage is who bought whom would at least be known, unlike now. It would also allow citizens’ groups and environmental groups to legally buy politicians too. At least the public then would know which corporations were funding the most evil and boycott them.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
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