The beginning of time

Lawrence Krauss wrote:

At rare moments in scientific history, a new window on the universe opens up that changes everything. Today was quite possibly such a day. At a press conference on Monday morning at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a team of scientists operating a sensitive microwave telescope at the South Pole announced the discovery of polarization distortions in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation, which is the observable afterglow of the Big Bang. The distortions appear to be due to the presence of gravitational waves, which would date back to almost the beginning of time.

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For some people, the possibility that the laws of physics might illuminate even the creation of our own universe, without the need for supernatural intervention or any demonstration of purpose, is truly terrifying. But Monday’s announcement heralds the possible beginning of a new era, where even such cosmic existential questions are becoming accessible to experiment. (“A scientific breakthrough lets us see to the very beginning of time,”Newyorker.com)

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PatrickMcEvoyHalston

For some people, the possibility that the laws of physics might illuminate even the creation of our own universe, without the need for supernatural intervention or any demonstration of purpose, is truly terrifying.

I doubt it. It'll just be interpreted as further hemming God in, which doesn't get rid of Him but inflates the needs of acolytes to clear Him some room. 

God suits an emotional need, born out of the kind of care we received as children. He likes you …  so long as you masochistically subject yourself to Him. If you had more loving parents, the sky is cleared of gods; and while you'll thrill at further learning how the universe was born, the truth is it could accidentally be revealed to have at its core some awful Demon, or bizarro God, and, as long as now tamed, might not instruct how we go about our life all that much.


Better health coverage might be a bigger deal, as well that artists get the funding to introduce new things in the universe for us to get excited about. New things, built out of our current matrix -- and thus most especially relevant to us, our current desires/needs, not one which way predates a conditionally loving God, child-sacrificing neolithics, barely empathic first mammals, dumb, ridiculous-sized reptiles, clumps of cells with no cognation, bare planets, heat, waves, dust.

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