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Did the universe really begin with a big bang?

Michael A. Dingwall (michael_a_dingwall@hotmail.com)

Perhaps the most popular opinion about the origin of the universe is the one about the big bang. According to our leading scientists, the universe began some fifteen to twenty billion years ago with a huge explosion - commonly called the “Big Bang”. Everything, everywhere, every how, every when, every what, every why and every thing else all started with this big bang. However, if one should really think about it - does this really make sense?

According to the experts, the universe appears to be expanding. As, it is claimed and as I am being made to understand, the universe could not have been expanding forever, there must have been in a point in the past where it all began. There are other reasons, some far to technical for the average person to understand, why this claim, the big bang, continues to hold such pre-eminence. I, however, am not too sure.

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  "Just think about it. If the universe is “every when” then when did the big bang happen? If “everywhere” then where did it happen? If “every how” then how did it happen? If “every what” then what triggered it? If the universe is the container of all these “everys” then how can there be any outside of it? How can there be somewhere outside of everywhere? "

First of all, one must have a clear understanding of exactly what “the universe” is - or supposed to be. If, as I am convinced, the universe is supposed to be “everything, everywhere, every how, every when, every what, every why and every thing else” how can there be anything else? These days, the definition of “the universe” is not what the word implies, but a closed area that seems to exist somewhere. If this seemingly “closed universe” is “the universe”, then maybe the big bang is true. If not, then what is the big bag?

If the universe is “all everys” then it must mean that the big bang occurred in the universe. It is a common misconception, I am sure, that this big bang explains the origin of the universe. I think it is more appropriate that it explains everything that we see. However, I am not convinced that everything that we see is everything that is. The truth is, there may, and most likely is, that there are many more things that we don’t see - or at least haven’t seen yet.

Just think about it. If the universe is “every when” then when did the big bang happen? If “everywhere” then where did it happen? If “every how” then how did it happen? If “every what” then what triggered it? If the universe is the container of all these “everys” then how can there be any outside of it? How can there be somewhere outside of everywhere?

Also, if this hasn’t yet become apparent by now, if the universe is really all “everys”, then it should mean that the universe must be eternal and thus self-sustaining.

I think that one reason why the big bang continues to hold supreme is because our definition of the universe has shifted from being everywhere to some part of everywhere. To me, this doesn’t make much sense. If the universe is supposed to be everywhere then the big bang cannot be the origin of it.

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