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Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
You're just setting people up to get punk'd, aren't you, Sirnex? Admit it!
I see no reason to attribute intelligence to the universe, much less to attribute the universe's existence to a creator, dead or no.
Originally posted by TarzanBeta
reply to post by sirnex
The universe was created from outside of itself.
The universe is the combination of all the physical energy that exists.
Therefore, anything that you could consider physical in any way, shape, or form could not have created the universe.
If you have a problem understanding that the universe was created from without the universe, by something without a physical property, then just try to imagine death.
A physicist will never be able to tell you how the universe got here, but only what state it has been in since it existed; and even then, barely.
It doesn't explicitly state how our state of matter arose, it just assumes it always existed despite other possible state of matter being equally able to exist
The new model offers a streamlined alternative. It treats the Big Bang not as the true moment of creation, but as a transition between two cycles in an endless process of cosmological rebirth.
According to the model, the Big Bang is followed by a period of slow expansion and gradual accumulation of dark energy. As dark energy becomes dominant, it stimulates cosmic acceleration. The current era is near the transition between these stages, Steinhardt said.
As accelerated expansion proceeds over trillions of years, matter and energy are gradually stretched thin across the universe.
Eventually, matter, radiation, and even black holes become so stretched out that they are dissipated to almost nothing, leaving behind a massive universe that is virtually empty, Steinhardt explained.
At this point in the cycle, particles of matter are so far apart—and moving away from each other so rapidly—that they cannot interact and are effectively separated into distinct universes.
Steinhardt and Turok call this vacuum-like stage the "big crunch." The vacuum triggers dark energy to materialize into matter and radiation in another Big Bang, refreshing the cycle of expansion.
Other scientists are intrigued by the new model, but it hasn't won them over yet