Is this question answerable?

07Dec08

As an atheist and critical thinker, I hope that science can eventually provide the answers to all of nature’s questions, as it has done in the past and continues to do today.  Questions such as the origins of life, and the mysteries of our universe.  However, there’s one question that I can’t see an answer to.

Infinity is, to me, incomprehensible.  How could anything exist for an infinite amount of time?  Is anyone able to comprehend this?  To me, this means that at some point, all the stuff in the universe had to come in to existence.  From where did the matter, dark matter, dark energy, and everything else that exists come from?  If this stuff did not always exist (how could it?) then how did it come to exist, from nothing (and what is nothing, anyway)?

For me, the impossibility of existence (and yet, here we are) may be the only thing that could indicate the existence of the supernatural.

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3 Responses to “Is this question answerable?”

  1. Physics, when the numbers start getting really big, like the volume or mass of the universe, get really crazy and we don’t have the computing power to calculate that, YET. Honestly, I think that it is likely the universe created itself out of some crazy gravitational loop or some such nonsense.

  2. 2 natefoo

    Wouldn’t something have to exist first before you could have gravity?

  3. 3 natefoo

    Turns out, the frequently awesome Ebon Muse has a pretty good discussion of this.


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