posted on Apr, 26 2004 @ 12:02 PM
Actually, dark matter is just a place holder right now for science. They don't believe the universe could exist as it does with the small amount of
visible matter we can detect. Dark matter, and dark energy, are theories which raise the weight of the universe, allowing it to exist.
Those who support the dark matter and dark energy theory believe it's out there, but we don't have any instruments to measure it. It goes along the
wobble theory, that when we see a star wobble, we suspect it's because a planet is orbiting it, but we don't have the measuring devices to confirm
Those who don't support the dark matter and dark energy theory believe that there is a fundamental law of physics we just haven't figured out yet,
and when we do it will explain how the universe can exist in the state it is with what little matter there is.
As for the start of the existance of matter, there are many theories. Obviously I have one (look to your left: "Let there be everything").
One theory which is widly accepted is that the univers exists in the 4th (if not the 8th) dimension, and doesn't follow the same laws of time we do.
It has always been and always will be, contracting and exploding for all time.
Another theory which goes along the big crunch concept is that the univers will expand, then begin to contract forming a massive black hole. After all
matter gets to this point, it will tear a hole in the time space continum, and cause a "big bang" in a different dimension running parallel to ours.
This has a much smaller following.
A third theory is that it's going to fizzle out, gravity not being strong enough to bring everything back in on it's self, and we would just get a
big cloud of almost-nothing in the end. Hawking proposes that this is true if there is no dark matter out there.
How did it get here in the first place (matter)? That's something that religion seems to have the only answer for, science (as far as I've been able
to find) is stumped by the existance of matter.