Tuesday, 6 September 2011

How long until the Big Bang is fact?

I mean, evolution is fact now, right? When we're in school, we're taught that evolution happened. Not that it 'might have happened' or that it 'probably happened'. It did happen. Like the grass is green and we breathe air.

We know that evolution is fact because of science, right? So how long before we can say 'the big bang is fact' because of science? Religious people can still say that God created the big bang or whatever, but the truth is that the earth was not created in 7 days 3000 years ago, seeing as it's most definitely at least 13.7 million years old...

If you look at research done by the COBE and with the Hubble Space Telescope, it's fascinating, because they really are on the way to being able to say how the universe was created, what it is created from and all the conditions that were around at the start of the universe.

I watched a video on youtube by the darling Brian Cox chatting about what he does at the LHC, and it was really phenomenal to hear what they actually do there. I mean all that was really heard in the news about it last year was the 'end of the world' and 'black holes' and nobody really seemed to know what it was about. But they literally have created a sum whereby if they find out the final element which was around at the start of the universe, they could literally find out what anything is made up of. And that's just like, out of this world. If you're interested, the video is here.

I mean, people may say that we 'don't need to know how the world was created' or that we need 'faith' or whatever, but I think a quote from the marvellous Stephen Hawking is in order here.

"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special."

And I totally agree with him. We may not need to know, and some people might not want to know, but those who do; well, it's fucking awesome.

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