I was lying awake the other night, listening to myself breathing and waiting for the weight of my eyelids to send me off into the black abyss of sleep. I started to observe the nature of what constitutes breathing, the constant of in-and-out, the expansion and contraction of the lungs to circulate oxygen to the body. This little observation of myself led to my brain having a spark that bolted me back up and awake. The below is my attempt to get this spark into words.
You see, the expanding and contracting of my alveoli in my lungs is no different, on the most basic scale, as the expanding of the universe since the Big Bang, and the contraction of the universe, in time, back to the center of itself. Yes, this suggests a beginning (the initial expansion) and end (the final contraction back to one single point of existence) to the universe, but what if that is only one breath? Why can the universe not continue breathing after it collapses? And what are we to think of what is outside that expanding and contracting world, a place beyond where we can observe?
We have not, and may never, come to a point where we can observe that which is beyond the borders of the universe. So who’s to say that out there, outside our universe, it just a huge collection of other universes, expanding and contracting in little balls, like our own alveoli? What if our world, our universe, is just a little sac of in-and-out within the body of the vaster world? And what if, by the end, all our universes are just a little part of the body of another vast being? Alternatively, what if the universe is the infinite, eternal entity which we assume god to be? What if the universe, and all aspects within it, are all god itself – tiny particles that make up the infinity of god?
(Keep in mind that these initial thoughts were from an extremely sleep-deprived mind bolt upright in bed, writing to the light of her cellphone under the covers so as not to wake up her roommate.)
Let’s back this train up a bit, and go back to the idea that the universe simply expands and contracts, and how those two observations can bring us to a concept of god. We know that the universe is in the process of doing this at least once, and that process began with the Big Bang (in theory). The idea of the Big Bang is that all matter in the universe was compacted into one point in space, and that this point ‘banged’ outward, expanding, and projecting all the essence of the universe out into it. These projecting essences became elements, stars, planets, and eventually settled into just the right pattern on just the right planet to cause a sequence of events which led to life as we know it. A very unlikely and statistically mad suggestion that this just ‘happened,’ yes? Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that such a situation is impossible.
Look at it as the infinite monkey theorem. This theorem suggests that if you put a monkey in a room with a typewriter, put the monkey in the position to type on that typewriter, and give the monkey an infinite amount of time, at some point, the monkey’s actions toward the typewriter will almost surely result in the monkey typing out a specific body of known text, such as the works of Shakespeare. Now, despite the unlikelihood of this actually happening, such as the need for there to be a set of impossible conditions on the monkey and the typewriter (the monkey would need to be immortal, the typewriter would need to hold infinite amounts of paper to record the typing of the monkey, etc.), the specific emphasis on the infinite time and conditions for this example allow for the theorem to be true. The most important aspect of this theorem is the use of the term ‘almost surely.’ Statistically speaking, when dealing with the infinite situation of the example, the longer the string of typing continues, and the farther into infinity it continues, the closer the probability that the string will become a coherent text gets closer and closer to a probability of 1, or the more and more likely the string of typing will become coherent text.
[WARNING! WARNING! I’m about to attempt to talk in science! I have no idea how the following speculations hold up to the most popular universal theories of our time. I’m doing the best I can given my lack of ability to sort what little sources I understand, and am relying partially on my own studies in the past few hours and on my fiance’s incredible understanding to piece this together. I recognize there are other theories which thwart my speculations below, however as they are all merely theories, I hold to these first. If you consider another theory more viable, please include it in the comments below. Thank you!]
According to the rules of energy consumption and release which we come to hold true (at least the way I understand them), energy, like matter, is not necessarily created and/or destroyed, it is essentially constant. It can, however, be released in a state which is useless, due to a lack of force to initiate it back into use. In this, the Big Bang is not a proven one-time thing, but also is not a proven infinite occurrence. Because energy continually exists, but in different states, some of which are not in a useful state at the point of the final contraction of the universe back to a single point in space, the recurring explosive expansion of the universe has a different level of kinetic energy in that expansion each time it happens. This has been explained to me as similar to a bouncing ball, where some energy is lost in each bounce due to different minute conditions surrounding the force impact of the ball to where it is bouncing off of, losing the ball’s momentum, and eventually allowing the ball to come to rest.
There’s a lot more detailed aspects to this expansion and contraction which can’t be explained to me, and some details which I do understand which (if proven true and not just theory) would eliminate my theory, but on the basic level, here is what I see. Energy and matter are eternal. The universe in which we are confined to is made up of matter, energy, and empty space. There is the possibility that some energy is lost to a realm beyond the universe, if the universe has an observable edge which can be traversed by energy, but this not a confirmed truth, only a theory developed upon observations and calculations. In other words, we have not actually encountered the edge of the universe, and the calculations which suggest an edge are not completely proved as of yet.
Let’s say that this is impossible, that the edge of the universe, our universe, is not escapable. This would cause all energy and matter in the universe to be bound within it, that the farthest reach that matter and energy can get to is the final border of the universe, and all things from that farthest border inward are held to the ‘core’ of the universe, the center where the Big Bang takes place. If energy continually exists, but merely changes state, on the most basic level from potential to kinetic and back again, and is eternally bound to the central point of the universe, then this loop of expanding and contracting (although the expansion may be of a greater or lesser extent each time, depending upon how much energy is in a state which allows kinetic release at the time of initial expansion), and therefore the universe itself would remain eternal.
SO! 1) The universe is eternal, always expanding and contracting, and 2) it is impossible for anything within the universe to ever get out of the universe. To point one, by applying the infinite monkey theorem from before (HA! You thought I had forgotten about it, didn’t you?!) we can say that it is statistically possible and, technically, definite that, eventually, in the expanse of infinite eternity, within one of the expansions of the universe, life will come without an intelligent designer. In other words, god is not needed for life to exist. Point 2, however, establishes an argument for the opposite. How? Well, if the universe cannot be observed externally, then there are aspects of the universe which cannot be confirmed. The nature of the universe outside of itself can never be fully known by man, no matter how probable the calculations to suggest otherwise. In this, it is possible that there is an entity outside of the boundary of the universe, conducting all things within it. It is also possible that the universe itself is conscious outside of itself, working beyond the boundary of its ‘skin’ to create us within it.
Basically, it is scientifically possible that we exist here by chance, but it is also scientifically possible that a creator exists beyond our realm of scientific observation. It is also possible that the universe itself, and all things within it, are that creator. Hence why I stick to, “None of you can universally prove god exists or doesn’t exist, so believe what you want and we’ll all find out when we’re dead, one of the only proven definites of human reality.
And now my brain hurts too much, and this fever I’ve been rocking all day is not helping things. Discuss below! Cheers all!