Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Scientists Are Coming For God, Phil Collins

"A foremost goal of modern physics is to formulate a working theory that describes the entire universe, from subatomic to astronomical scales, within a single framework. Such a theory, called 'quantum gravity,' will necessarily account for what happened at the moment of the Big Bang. Some versions of quantum gravity theory that have been proposed by cosmologists predict that the Big Bang, rather than being the starting point of time, was just 'a transitional stage in an eternal universe,' in Carroll's words. For example, one model holds that the universe acts like a balloon that inflates and deflates over and over under its own steam. If, in fact, time had no beginning, this shuts the book on Genesis."
Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, talks to Live Science's Natalie Wolchover about why "there's good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever." Personally, I think the book should have been shut on Genesis a long time ago. Like, if not immediately following Peter Gabriel's departure in 1975, then definitely after Abacab in 1981.

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dado (#102)

That's cool and all… but when it expands, what does it expand into?

riotnrrd (#840)

That's where the analogy of "expansion" falls apart. Space is expanding, but there is no "into." Think of it more akin to the distance between existing objects is growing.

CaptBackslap (#10,313)

What? Invisible Touch was a fine album, and brought us the immortal video for "Land of Confusion."

Paul B@twitter (#13,135)

I was going to rebut Sean Carroll's scientific comments on Genesis with a long, impassioned response but I'll leave that to everyone on the livescience website and leave it at "He's reading it wrong" here.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

This would present a real dilemma for Mike and the MeCanaanites.

barnhouse (#1,326)

Haha Phil Collins ("a snow-white pillow for my big fat head.")

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

Also, this is just sus-sus-pseudoscience.

Dave Bry (#422)

Thank you, @SidAndFinancy.

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