The Universe Had No Beginning, Quantum Calculations Reveal
Has the universe been around forever? Most physicists will emphatically say, “No,” and they will add that they have the math to prove it.
It all began about 13.8 billion years ago, they say, with the Big Bang. In the mother of all explosions, an infinitely dense point called a singularity, for some unknown reason, began feverishly to expand. Such is the scenario dictated by the mathematics of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. But, unfortunately for the physicists, the math still leaves some things unexplained, most prominently: ‘what existed before the Big Bang?’ Moreover, there are other difficulties with the mainstream argument, and the heroic scientific effort to resolve them has resulted in even more problems, as yet unsolved. In the attempt to reconcile some of the more stubborn inconsistencies, perplexing and inelegant theories like those of dark matter and dark energy have been generated. The situation, say some, is a mess. Suddenly, though, a new scientific model has appeared which could save the day for science.
By applying so-called ‘quantum correction terms’ to Einstein’s theory, the emerging answer is: the universe has been here forever and it will be here forever. The website Phys.Org reported in February that in a new paper published in the journal Physics Letters B, Ahmed Farag Ali at Benha University in Egypt, along with coauthor Saurya Das at the University of Lethbridge in Canada have used quantum math and the ideas of theoretical physicist and science philosopher David Bohm to recalculate the beginning of the universe and found that, in fact, there was none. In the process, Ali and Dar have also apparently resolved the issues of dark matter and dark energy.
For a mainstream science long hostile to the notion of miracles of any kind, the Big Bang theory has always been something of an embarrassment. Dependent, seemingly, upon an event which could only be described as ‘miraculous,’ was surely far from reassuring to a materialistic academic establishment. As philosopher and science skeptic Terrence McKenna once mockingly stated, “Give us one free miracle and we will explain the rest.” But, once again, the ancient and ‘eternal’ wisdom appears headed for vindication. Reality, it turns out, may be eternal, and that is the real miracle.
ET and Live on Earth
A minute metallic sphere captured by a high altitude balloon is causing scientists in the U.K. to reconsider the possibility of intelligent intervention in the life of Earth. Astrobiologist Milton Wainwright at the University of Buckingham thinks his team may have found concrete evidence indicating what they call ‘directed panspermia.’
First proposed by DNA pioneer and Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick over 40 years ago, ‘directed panspermia’ suggests that some highly advanced galactic civilization could have seeded life on Earth. If Wainwright is right, the process may still be going on. The original nineteenth-century panspermia theory is that the seeds of life could have been carried in a random manner from planet to planet by spores, or by radiation, comets or meteorites, etc. Crick, however, thought that, unlike such a mechanical process, the transmission of life from one world to another would have required intelligent civilized intervention.
The Buckingham scientists launched balloons nearly 17 miles into Earth’s stratosphere. When material from one balloon was collected and examined, a small crash mark was found indicating the spherical object didn’t simply land softly. About the width of a human, the ball had filamentous life on the outside and a “gooey” biological material oozing from its center.
The possibility of ET origins would be impossible to prove, Wainright concedes, unless, “we can find details of the civilization that is supposed to have sent it.” In the meantime, there are still those who are willing to speculate.