Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/21/2014 (5 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Scientists have varied opinions of how the universe came to be.

The nature and structure of the universe is one of the most enduring questions of the ages. Even the Book of Genesis addresses the topic. Presently, scientists are using modern scientific tools and methods to probe these mysteries and the preliminary results are mind-boggling, if not confusing.

A map of the cosmic background radiation which permeates the universe. Note the 'cold spot' circled in the lower right.

A map of the cosmic background radiation which permeates the universe. Note the "cold spot" circled in the lower right.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/21/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: universe, big bang, theory, creation, multiverse, natural, unnatural


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In their quest to better understand the universe, and to explain their findings to us, scientists are doing a great job confusing the heck out of people with their hypotheses. Among them are claims, that the universe is not natural, that there are multiple universes, and even a claim that the universe is entirely self-contained with time itself beginning at the moment of the Big Bang.

While scientists have formed a consensus about the Big Bang, there remains considerable debate over what caused it and why. The physics are being probed as we speak and following upgrades, a decade-long schedule of research will employ the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland to test the various theories and search for clues.

Live Catholic, Shop Catholic!

Some scientists, such as Stephen Hawking claim the possibility that nothing existed before the Big Bang because time began at that one instant. Without time, nothing can exist before. It's a convenient explanation, but it's not the only one. Physicist Lawrence Krauss has claimed that universes can arise from nothing all the time. His theory is popular, but debated. Both Krauss and Hawking are also noted atheists.

Other theories suggest that our universe is simply one of many in a "multiverse." This suggests our universe is more like a bubble that formed out of the very fabric of the multiverse itself, much like a bubble appears in a carbonated beverage. These scientists hypothesize that our universe is just one bubble out of at least billions of others.

There is some evidence for this, including the uneven distribution of energy in the aftermath of the Big Bang. According to scientists, if the Big Bang actually happened, then there should be an even distribution of residual energy from the Big Bang throughout the universe. The predicted energy is certainly present in the correct quantity, but it's unevenly distributed.

Furthermore, there is at least one significant anomaly in the information, which is the presence of a great "cold spot" in the Southern sky. That cold spot could be caused by the influence of another universe outside of ours. As that universe "pulls" on our universe, it creates a cold spot in the fabric of ours.

The most recent claim is now that the universe could be "unnatural" meaning that it simply cannot be explained by mathematical means. Instead of a mathematical explanation of the universe's origin, it could have arisen from chaos and random fluctuations in the very fabric of space and time itself. If true, then it will be impossible to explain the origin of the universe with precision. The initial set of variables will not be fully explicable.

It is easy for us who are not scientifically inclined to reduce the question to Genesis 1:1. However, this is inconsistent with our nature as human beings to explore and understand the world and universe about it. It is also easy to dismiss the work of these researchers as impractical and useless. Indeed, the discovery of the initial set of conditions which led to the universe, or the existence of the multiverse, has no practical bearing on us today. The rent is still due tomorrow.

However, a century ago researchers played with X-rays and microwaves, and were barely beginning to master radio waves. These pursuits appeared entirely esoteric and impractical to the world at the time, yet today we cannot imagine life without the basic understanding and perks that research later brought us.

Likewise, it seems research into particle physics and the origin of the universe may have no practical application to us today, but a century from now, the discoveries made today could make the world an entirely different place.

For now, it is time to wonder and to seek.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



Comments


More Technology

Astronomers discover a new 'Super Earth' proving the Kepler spacecraft still has the right stuff despite malfunction Watch

Image of Kepler has discovered hundreds of new planets, proving that planets are a normal part of stellar formation.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Kepler planet hunting probe has detected another Earth-like planet 180 light-years from the Sun. The planet is massive and hot and uninhabitable, but it demonstrates once again that scientists have the ability to detect these new worlds with increasing accuracy. ... continue reading


Anywhere in the world in four hours or less: Space plane receives approval from European Space Agency Watch

Image of Reaction Engines proclaim that the technology is the biggest step in air travel since the jet engine was invented.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

A futuristic plane that could fly anyone anywhere in the world in four hours or less, as well as carry spaceships out of the atmosphere without using rockets, has come closer to reality. The European Space Agency has given approval to the Skylon plane this ... continue reading


BURP! There! Proof of life existing on the planet Mars Watch

Image of If the gas were coming from living microbes on Mars, the finding would mark one of the biggest discoveries in history.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Belches...and worse, could have just proven the evidence of life on Mars. NASA's Curiosity Rover has detected mysterious spikes of methane. These rude outbursts can't be explained away by geology or other theories. The rover has been on Mars since 2012. ... continue reading


Are you a receptionist, security guard or retail clerk? You could soon be replaced by a ROBOT Watch

Image of Royal Caribbean cruise lines have installed new bionic bars with machine robots that fix passengers their drinks.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Automation works well if it spares humans from dangerous and monotonous tasks. While many have lost their line of work in assembly lines to nimble-fingered machines, the next wave of robotic replacement may soon well take the place of jobs requiring a more ... continue reading


Catch me if you can: A new device aims to catch wandering Alzheimer's patients and bring relief to caregivers Watch

Image of Alzheimer's disease affects more than five million people in the United States.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Approximately five million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's. 65 percent of those patients wander. They get up in the middle of the night and take off. Many times these patients get lost or injured. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kenneth ... continue reading


Americans have a new champion for privacy -- Microsoft. Software giant squares off with Feds over private customer data held overseas Watch

Image of Brad Smith is Microsoft's general counsel.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Americans concerned about their privacy have a new champion, and he comes from an unlikely stable - the ranks of Microsoft. Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, is preparing to fight against the U.S. government as they demand Microsoft hand over private, encrypted ... continue reading


Scientists believe they've found first physical evidence of mysterious 'Dark Matter' Watch

Image of After the spectrum from the Perseus cluster and Andromeda were analyzed, scientists saw spikes where nothing should exist.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Scientists came up with the concept of "Dark Matter," an elusive physical property more than 70 years ago. After years of searching, scientists have now uncovered evidence that Dark Matter may in fact exist - in an area where it should theoretically exist. LOS ... continue reading


The death of political ads on TV approaches as more people turn to the internet for media Watch

Image of The political TV ad is dying as more people move online for their media.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If you're planning to go into politics, don't ignore the internet and what an incredibly powerful tool it is. The internet is not only essential, it is a crucial multiplier of force, allowing a candidate to maximize limited financial resources. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Water DID NOT come to Earth from comets, Rosetta probe concludes Watch

Image of The heretofore unprecedented close-up look at a comet is helping scientists answer the fundamental question of whether a bombardment of these primitive bodies brought water to Earth billions of years ago.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Europe's Rosetta mission, which made history by landing on Comet 67P last month, has come up with a controversial finding that is currently being debated by scientists. According to the Rosetta's latest findings, water did not come to the Earth from comets. LOS ... continue reading


Mars rover uncovers astonishing evidence of water, life on Mars Watch

Image of The Curiosity rover has since found evidence of standing water, along with energy and the key elements with the right atomic charges to prove long-term of evidence of water on Mars.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

The Curiosity rover has since found evidence of standing water, along with energy and the key elements with the right atomic charges to prove long-term of evidence of water on Mars. Scientists have reached the conclusion that at least some of the planet must ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Second Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16
1 Once the king had settled into his palace and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2 for you have said: love is built to last for ever, ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 1:26-38
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 16:25-27
25 And now to him who can make you strong in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 21st, 2014 Image

St. Peter Canisius
December 21: In 1565, the Vatican was looking for a secret agent. It was ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter