July 02, 2007

Eff the Ineffable, Y'all.

I don't know who keep doing it, but whoever you are, I want you to stop saying that time and the universe began with the Big Bang.

The Big Bang is not an event that brought about existence, ok? Things in some form or another have always been around. The Big Bang is an event that simply marks the advent of a cosmic reconfiguration of matter and energy.

TIME, my friends, is the measurement of change. Time is a characteristic of existence. Just like there was stuff going on before the Big Bang, so was time passing.

There is no need to discuss or debate this fact; any alternative that may be proposed makes no sense.

And then I find this on The Binary Circumstance:

The Big Bang is often thought as the start of everything, including time, making any questions about what happened during it or beforehand nonsensical. Recently scientists have instead suggested the Big Bang might have just been the explosive beginning of the current era of the universe, hinting at a mysterious past.

You must be joking me.

I've been saying this for years, but apparently the news is only just catching on in science circles. I had no idea I was revolutionizing physics with my statements of the obvious.

I love how prior to some naked mole rat in a lab somewhere suggested that someone check their premises that there were people just wandering around thinking about the time before the Big Bang as being "nonsensical."

Eff the ineffable, y'all. If it exists, then it can be defined and understood.

How do you even BE a scientist while sitting around thinking, "Oh, well, sooner or later I just knew I'd run into something that defies reason and comprehension?" Any scientist who is going around thinking otherwise should be fired.

Someone get me my Nobel Prize, cuz I really think I deserve one when I hear about stuff like this. (In all seriousness, I think the offending remark in the cited article is an example of shoddy science journalism. I doubt that any serious physicists were saying that.)

Oh, but the good news is that they think they might actually be able to deduce SOME things about what the universe was like prior to the Big Bang. That's pretty cool.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at July 2, 2007 03:26 PM | TrackBack

I do like the way you once stated it, Flibby. I think you said something like: "What makes you think that there was ever a time when the universe didn't exist?" (Sorry, I'm paraphrasing) I have always considered the Big-Bang to be just a reconfiguration of the cosmos, but this question of yours really helped me to clarify my thoughts on this subject.

Posted by: Tiberius at July 2, 2007 08:27 PM

I'm not sure you would want that Stockholm piece of crap anyway, given their standards.

Posted by: Matt F. at July 3, 2007 01:18 AM

It comes with money, Matt. MONEY!

And money can be translated into CANDY!

Posted by: Flibbert at July 3, 2007 07:43 AM