Sunday, November 22, 2009

Planck Time and Nothing From Something

Included below are some videos which help explain the confusing concepts of what happened at the beginning of time and before the universe. I add these because of two reasons, 1) cosmology is highly engrossing and is on the way to answering our most profound questions, and 2) theists and Christians still talk about singularities and don't have an adequate grasp on basic fundamental physics to understand that their arguments actually seek to disprove their hypothesis.

Not that it bothers me, I just get tired of hearing junk theories, and would like to bring them up to speed. The problem is, because of the highly popular rhetoric sponsored by those like William Lane Craig, many Christians simply recycle his arguments not realizing they are fully outmoded as his cosmological picture is over thirty years old. It's hard for non-believers to argue against an already outdated premise, so why not keep with the times? Because, if believers ever did study modern physics and learn the most recent models for today's cosmology, this updated cosmological understanding would inevitably dissuade them from their faith-based professing in believing that the Bible offers a superior cosmological view of creation, and in turn, it would shatter their fragile faith by informing them that the reality they live is completely different from the one their God supposedly was to have created, thus defeat their purpose of proving themselves inexorably right by showing how falsifiable the Biblical claims actually are.

If Christians and other theists took the time to understand the science they readily like to reject, it would be eye-opening! What we would get would be akin to another Galileo tying some rocks together episode, in which what followed was an entire Earth shattering event where the Christian ecumenical traditions, were all but nearly destroyed, where real understanding supplanted archaic superstition, and each wrong premise came tumbling down and Christianity, ultimately, was forever changed. Indeed, Christianity was instantly yanked into the modern world with one little tiny scientific experiment. And if science was this powerful, if it could jeopardize everything believers held fast too, then it was too dangerous to peacefully co-exist with the religious worldview, in fact, Galileo found this out the hard way when the Inquisition put him on trial as a heretic. Science, it seemed, could destroy the Christian worldview entirely, and ever since Christians have realized it they have been desperately seeking to separate the two overlapping spheres, by forcing wedges between that which they venerate as sacred and spiritual, and that which they rely on as an everyday fact of life. In order for their cherished faith-based beliefs to work, they must keep the supernatural separated from the natural, lest the natural contaminate the batch of beliefs, allowing science to dilute the supernatural variety until it is all but extinguished. As Christopher Hitchens had pointed out, science seems to have a way of breaking religion's monopoly.

Such dangerous ideas championed by the naturalistic scientist have been a bane to faith, just look at how long the religious have been denying Darwin's theories of Evolution and Natural selection as invalid when in fact the opposite is true--Evolutions been validated and confirmed!--but what's even more eye-opening is how powerful a tool science can be when applied correctly. Arguing against the validity of that which has been confirmed true is a futile gesture, which only seems to destabilize the Christian homogeneity whenever a person agrees with science over their doctrinal beliefs, thus fracturing the faith into newer sects and infinitesimally smaller and less influential denominations. Although, in my opinion, this is the only way for a troubled  institution to survive, mainly for parts of it to update itself, while other parts continue working until they need an overhaul. Thus religion is continually conforming to the scientific worldview and not the other way around.

If you want a scientific prediction, here is one, based on the Churches delay in catching up to the modern scientific understanding of the natural world: I predict 50 years from now all Christian denominations, which acknowledge the merits of the scientific method, will believe fully in Darwinian Evolution. Those that do not will go the wayside, or else, become so insignificant as to not be relevant to the overarching Christian faith as it should exist 50 years from now.

If Christians would stop taking things on a matter of faith (and some liberal Christians  already have) they might actually begin to learn the real truths as revealed by science, instead of just blindly denying them, and pretending that's refutation enough. It stems to reason there would be substantially less cognitive dissidence within the faith which relied on the prowess of science, and the realities revealed by such, rather than pure blind faith. Because the denial of any well supported scientific theory only puts further strain on one's ability to maintain a semblance of faith, this makes scientific reason the bane to all religious held beliefs, and religion a bane to all rationality. But I find comfort in this revelation, for I personally can let forth a great sigh of relief, as this is not my problem to contend with.

The bottom line is, science is a secular tool, it takes no sides, it is neutral, but I take the side of science, because unlike most supernatural held beliefs, science is dependable. As for those who will stubbornly cling to their state of denial, who kicking and screaming will continue to profess it takes just as much faith to believe in science as it does to believe in God, they do not know what they are speaking about, and so I no real point in arguing with them.

Enjoy the videos!

Advocatus Atheist

Advocatus Atheist