Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Rise and Fall of the Universe

Really Big Bang…. Long Time…. Really Long Time…. A lot of Expansion…. and then? Some scientist say we will reverse the process and shrink back into nothing.  We won’t even be, to use the line from KANSAS, “dust in the wind.”
We can speculate on all the stuff that has gone on in the universe, and we can guess with even greater uncertainty what will go on with it.  We are expanding man’s knowledge of how things appear to work, accepting some theories, rejecting others, and revising still others, but at the end of the day the science really is our best guess, based on observation and limited confirmation.  We are building ever bigger and more capable computers to tell us what will be.  Will these, at some point, become our gods as prophesized in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?”  If that happens, what will atheists not believe in?
I saw an article the other day where one researcher (scientist) suggests we are the only “earth-like” planet in the universe.  We are a 1 in 700,000,000,000,000,000,000 happenstance.  Wow, talk about winning the lottery!  Of course this “finding” comes with the usual caveats, “more data is needed,” “additional government funded research is warranted,” “global warming is caused by greed,” and “void where prohibited by law.” But you’ve got to be impressed with how lucky we are to be on earth, if we were anywhere else we would be dead!

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