I Don’t Like Nothing……

31 Oct

‘And no, my command of the English language hasn’t gone adolescently double negative. The ‘nothing’ I am referring to is the one from which our universe appeared approximately 14 billion years ago, according to the Standard Model of Cosmology. Therefore, this has to be an exercise in philosophical thinking because science has yet to find a satisfactory answer……’

(For clarification: the absence of proof cannot be used as justification for divine intervention. This is the usual fall-back defensive position of ‘believers’ of varying dispositions and/or mental health issues……)

Physicists’ measure the interactions between forces; gravity, electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces being the main four at larger scales. They have yet to answer the key question ‘How do you get a universe from nothing?’ Although there are several multiverse theories which could account for the possibility of an event starting the Big Bang, I cannot accept that there was ever a time when there was absolutely nothing; it seems completely contradictory.

‘Nothing’ is a concept that philosophers have toiled with for thousands of years. Even when it was demonstrated by inverting a sealed tube of a liquid (Mercury) to create a void, they still thought everywhere contained something, and not without reason, because even light passes through a vacuum; they later called that medium ‘the ether’.  We now know that the ether does not exist but even in the perfect vacuum of empty space quantum mechanical processes take place, so nowhere in the observable universe contains absolutely nothing. This leads me to conclude that there was never ‘nothing’, therefore, the universe has always existed in some form.

If the universe has always existed in whatever form it leads to something else which has its own contradiction and paradox; infinity.  To accept the proposition that the universe has always existed you must also accept that the universe is infinite in some way……

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2 Responses to “I Don’t Like Nothing……”

  1. biffbean October 31, 2015 at 4:09 am #

    This is a classic Chicken or egg situation ? If it was the egg that came first, where did the egg come from ?

    • Steve Walker October 31, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      I appreciate your analogy, however, the chicken & egg scenario is easily explained by evolution. My proposition begins long before life as we know it even began. I am simply saying that there must have always been a universe or multiverse to provide an answer to the paradox of ‘a universe from nothing’, which must make it infinite……

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