Aspects of reality- New Scientist- something from nothing?

In my search for clues about aspects of reality, I always look to science first. I am very pleased and excited because the magazine, New Scientist,  produced a special existential issue on 23rd of July.  This covered a lot of the science and theories behind some of the issues of reality that I find most compelling.

 

The unanswered question

I have looked at depth at possible creation theories. The scientific problem seems to be in finding where the big bang energy, which became the matter that formed our universe, came from. One of the New Scientist articles, page 28-29 is called “Why is there something rather than nothing?”. It tries to address this question. That is, how did matter come into being at all? How could something come out of nothing?

 

Natural laws

The article states, and I hope I have understood this properly, that there are two influential factors governing matter in the universe. One is the second law of thermodynamics, called entropy which states that entropy or disorder always tends to increase. Decay or change will always naturally occur. The other, and counterbalance, is symmetry which also seems to have a profound influence on the universe wherever it occours. It has been found, however, over the decades by scientists, that symmetry is made to be broken.

 

Building blocks of matter

Quarks and anti quarks are the fundamental building blocks of the particles that make up matter. They are actually pinches of vibrating energy. Nothingness is a perfect natural symmetry. If a state is formed with no quarks and anti quarks in it, it is totally unstable. Quarks and anti quarks are then spontaneously produced. This means that the perfect symmetry is broken. The strange conclusion is then that, despite entropy, “something is more a natural state than nothing” (Victor Strenger, University of Colorado)

 

Could this explain the big bang? Well the worry was always that creating something out of nothing would violate all sorts of physical laws. However, given the above it may be actually plausible.

 

Programmed universe

The really interesting conclusion is, strangely, that this does not get science off the hook. Our understanding of the process relies on our understanding of the laws of physics. In particular quantum mechanics and the laws of quantum uncertainty. The conclusion of the article is the implication that the laws of physics were somehow encoded into our universe before it existed.

 

Aspects of reality

How can something come from nothing? Does science then begin to strengthen the case for God or a creator of some sort?

 

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