Once again, I found myself in a Science vs Religion argument with my unenlightened ex. We’d watched a recent BBC Horizon documentary entitled Is Everything We Know About The Universe Wrong. Science shows isn’t usually his preferred viewing, especially any kind of doco about how the universe was actually made, but for some (obvious) reason, she couldn’t wait to check this one out.
Quoting the scientists from the documentary: “Well, we’re just not sure what Dark Matter is, but we know it’s there” or “We had to invent Dark Energy to correct Cosmology’s standard model”. This started her rant on how scientists just make stuff up all the time.
I had an up-hill battle trying to explain that a scientific theory is not just a theory invented with no basis – it is created to reflect the many observations scientists have already made. In this case, Dark Energy or Dark Matter (or now, Dark Flow) is just an x in an equation that explains how everything else works. Atoms, for example, which we take for granted today, still cannot be seen with a microscope – they were explained by science over time until we get today’s theory which fits every instance.
Anyways, during an argument about the origin of the universe, I was asked “If the universe started with the Big Bang, what was there before that? Something had to cause the Big Bang!”
Correct, something had to cause the “Big Bang”. One possible theory being looking into at the moment is two colliding string-theory membranes.
However, a thought occured to me. “Well, if God created the universe, who created God?” I got some answer about God being an ultimate being, and he always was and always will be. “Well, why doesn’t that explanation hold true for my side of the story? Why does there have to be some supremely complex being who can create whole universes in 24 hours, rather than two fair less complex dimensions floating around in space-time who bump into one another, and the energy of that collision resulted in our universe?”
“Why? Because that’s just stupid!”
Anyways, this morning I find myself watching a Richard Dawkins documentary called The Root of All Evil? and he makes this point:
“Darwin’s great insight is that life evolved steadily and slowly, inching its way gradually over 4 billion years. Natural selection, not a divine designer, was the sculptor of life.
“So evolution, driven by Darwin’s motor of natural selection, gets us to [where we are today]. From primeval simplicity to ultimate complexity. The design hypothesis couldn’t even begin to do that because it raises and even bigger problem then it solves – who made the designer?
“The abundance and variety of life on earth may seem improbable, but it’s self evidently futile to invent an improbable God to explain that very improbability.”