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Ethan Siegel on where it all came from…


Setting aside crackpot theories about what happened before the Big Bang:

Although we can state with confidence where our observable Universe came from, and explain the origin of a great many phenomena within it, the questions of where things like space, time, energy, or the laws of physics came from in the first place, or whether they even began at all, remain unanswered.

Despite all that we know, we can be certain that all we ever will know is finite. There are a finite number of particles, encoding a finite amount of information, that have existed for a finite amount of time within our visible Universe. While questions like why our Universe is filled with matter and not antimatter, why we have dark matter and dark energy, and why the constants of nature have the values they do may someday be answered, there is no guarantee that what remains in the Universe, today, gives us sufficient information to find the answers. Whether we’ll ever answer these questions remains unknown, but the instant we decide we can’t and give up the search, we’ll be right.

Ethan Siegel, “Where did the Universe come from?” at Big Think (March 29, 2022)

One way of looking at it is that, if we are characters in the story, we can’t meet the author.

You may also wish to read: The trouble so many brilliant people have gone to in order to refute the Big Bang Overall, the anti-Big Bang quests tend to make one believe, if nothing else did, that there must be something in the Big Bang. A useful summary by Brian Miller.

My apologies to people who have asked me questions on https://uncommondesc.wpengine.com/intelligent-design/steve-meyer-on-why-a-supposed-multiverse-is-no-answer-to-the-extreme-fine-tuning-of-our-universe/ I'm still being blocked from commenting there. Kairosfocus tells me it's just some weird bug in the system but he doesn't know what causes it or how it might be corrected so I guess he is just guessing. What I'd really like to know from the site admin is: are there settings in the WordPress extension WordFence that might be causing this issue? Is anyone even looking to see if the settings can be changed so that a registered user is not suddenly banned from posting to a thread? Does anyone who runs this site even care? Do any of the major players, i.e. Barry Arrington, News, Kairosfocus, Granville Sewell actually have any idea of what extensions and add-ons are present on Uncommon Descent and what those extensions and add-ons do? If you are using the web-based interface to create your posts you can check on those things . . . unless you've been locked out. Maybe you're just pawns too . . . controlled by some Uber-mind who is strumming the chords that form the background music to this film. JVL
“One way of looking at it is that, if we are characters in the story, we can’t meet the author.”
True! Unless the author were to somehow actually enter the story Himself – like Jesus did.
Yes He entered the story but not in the face of "characters" bullying them to believe Him or else. He keep a distance and waits for them to approach Him(or to hate Him).This is the definition of free will. The bad news is the free will is coming with responsibility and liability. The good news is He showed the path to salvation. Lieutenant Commander Data
We don't HAVE dark energy and dark matter. Those are just characters in one poorly written but well-financed movie. The constants of nature don't exist and don't HAVE any values. They're not even characters, they're just part of the typeface that drab autistic playwrights. prefer to use when writing about their dull rigid fictional characters. (Which typeface? Sans Comic.) polistra
"Unless the author were to somehow actually enter the story Himself – like Jesus did."
THE NIGHT THE AUTHOR ENTERED THE STORY Excerpt:,,, I find (C.S.) Lewis’s Hamlet illustration to be quite compelling. I shared it with high school students earlier today. In one sense, if Hamlet were to explore his world he wouldn’t see any evidence of Shakespeare. He wouldn’t find him in outer space, hiding behind a tree, or submerged in the depths of the ocean. In another sense, however, Hamlet would see evidence of Shakespeare everywhere. He would be living in the world Shakespeare made. The existence of this world entirely dependent upon its author. But for Hamlet to know Shakespeare personally, intimately even, the author would have to write himself into the story. As Lewis said, “Hamlet could initiate nothing.” For the two to meet, “it must be Shakespeare’s doing.” This is the basic claim of the Christian narrative. There is an author to our story, to our world. If ever we would meet him, it will not be of our own initiation. He must act. He must write himself into human history. And he has. As the Apostle John says, “In the beginning was the Word . . . and the Word became flesh.” The scandalous claim of Scripture is that the Author entered the plot. He stepped over the threshold of time and space to be born in a seemingly insignificant town in the Middle East. The Creator of the world wrapped in a first-century diaper:,,, https://www.theolatte.com/2017/12/the-author-entered-the-story/ Temple Veil is Torn (33A.D.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AavREOoMAUs Matthew 27:50-54 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” What was the significance of the temple veil being torn in two when Jesus died? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OsJoVZIILs What was the significance of the temple veil being torn in two when Jesus died? Excerpt: The veil in the temple was a constant reminder that sin renders humanity unfit for the presence of God. The fact that the sin offering was offered annually and countless other sacrifices repeated daily showed graphically that sin could not truly be atoned for or erased by mere animal sacrifices. Jesus Christ, through His death, has removed the barriers between God and man, and now we may approach Him with confidence and boldness https://www.gotquestions.org/temple-veil-torn.html
Acts 3:15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
"One way of looking at it is that, if we are characters in the story, we can’t meet the author." True! Unless the author were to somehow actually enter the story Himself - like Jesus did. tjguy

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