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Old 07-31-2011, 09:31 PM   #80 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Stu View Post
I find the question of 'where did it all begin?' terrifying. I cannot even begin to fathom the concept of 'nothingness', but surely, at some point, that's all there must have been, right?

Uh, thinking about it is like staring into oblivion.
No. It doesn't make sense to think of a time of "nothingness" before the Big Bang. Speaking in the most generic sense, the phrase "Big Bang" has two different meanings. On the one hand, it means that thing that happened fourteen billion years ago. On the other, it means event one, the start of all things.

It makes no sense, obviously, to talk about the event that came before event one. If there was an event before the one we currently believe to have been the first one, then that would be the first one. There is no before when you're talking about that-which-preceded-all.

On the other hand, it's entirely possible that there were events that occurred before that-thing-fourteen-billion-years-ago. It's just that we have no evidence of them. We have no reason to believe that they exist. Everything we've ever seen adds up to the conclusion that the thing that happened fourteen billion years ago was event one. Is it necessarily true that that's the case? No. But it's not reasonable to believe otherwise unless and until some kind of evidence to that effect makes itself known.
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