In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in. [Cornelius Bernardus Van Neil ]
By Parwaiz Khan
At Square One
Who am I? From where did I come? Where was I before I was born? We all have asked these questions again and again when we were little kids - and got some interesting answers from our parents! These very basic questions keep on pocking our brains even as adults. We are intrigued and there seems to be no logical answers to our quest. The quest to understand our origin as a human is an ongoing mission unaccomplished. All debates and discussions on this subject do tend to end up on the legendry chicken-and-egg round trip sojourn. Well, that is the destiny when the faith rooster is used as the main booster to launch the probes to search for our very own origin. Only if we could put this rooster in the cage just for a while, and fire the solid-science-fueled rockets to launch our search probe into Point Origin - we may very well be able to piece together the puzzle that will solve the mystery of The Origin - The Origin of this universe and the origin of us as a Human.
But, before we indulge any further in this primordial quest, we may have to review, rather bluntly, the present state of our knowledge base first.
The State of Our Knowledge
We are the product of a culture where conquer is the most commonly applied balm to sedate our bruised ego. Self-glorification and unjustified illusion of self-greatness have been embedded in our heads right from our very birth. When we were finally able to send the first rocket to penetrate the Earth's Electromagnetic Belt and achieve the orbital height, we had great media blitz proclaiming our Conquest of Space. We even had the Conquest of Moon. Being the product of such a culture, no doubt we believe that we have achieved marvels and have reached the height of scientific advancement.
It is understandably difficult to breakaway from this mindset and realize that whatever we have come to know so far is not enough to justify our over blown self-glorification. Actually, it is hardly enough to afford us a peek at our own backyard - our own (!) Solar System.
But, nonetheless, collectively we are progressing towards a better understanding of our world. As long as we understand the fact that we are just in the process of learning the interactions of the forces of nature and whatever we know is just our best understanding of the matter at a given time, we remain on the right track. We fall on our faces when we boast our best understanding of nature's phenomena - observed within a limited reference frame - as universal laws in all reference frames. And, in our egoistic insistence, the defense of those laws becomes an issue of national pride and paramount importance.
We have to understand that learning is an ongoing process and our present knowledge is the cumulative sum of all the research and work of thousands of our human generations. With this understanding it is not that difficult to see that no single generation, let alone a single person, invented the Calculus or discovered the laws of gravitation.
Greatness is not in perjury or in outright theft of previous generation's work. It may induce a false sense of national or racial superiority but the result is the skulls filled with cement and mortar! An open mind to seek out the truth will open new vistas for the humanity and usher in a new era of progress, peace, prosperity and harmony. We just need to open up our minds and let the light shine.
Of course, all quest of knowledge begins with the premises and theories based on our basic and fundamental collective knowledge base accumulated by the generations of our human species. As long as we do not put the stamp of fact, truth, and laws on our premises and assumptions, we remain on the right path in the pursuance of knowledge. It is the self-induced infection of ego virus and the self-righteousness that halts human advancement in the field of science. With an open mind and acceptance of this basic fact that very little we do know and that our knowledge at any given moment is only our best understanding of the laws of nature at the present, we will succeed in moving out of this fossilized swamp that we have confined our self in and march forward to marvel this enormous universe. We may even have an understanding and realization of the Multi-verse system of which our Uni-verse is a part of.
With the constricting walls around our brains removed, and with due respect to all famed and not-so-famed brains of our human family, we may proceed in our quest to understand the Universe (and the Multiverse) and it's origin, the universal energy and, of course, ourselves. Let's proceed.
The Beginning and The Prior
We have to assume that it all started at some point. We may call it The Point Origin. To start at the Point Origin we have to try to somehow visualize the sate that was prior to the Beginning - A state of absolute vacuum and space-less space (!) It is a state that causes the structural failure of our brains. We face the fundamental obstacle - How can we visualize a state of - A state of No-Space, No-Dimensions and No-Time? We function in our world surrounded in our space and time dimensions. Our brain visualizes the space as being the "empty" distance between objects or some boundaries. Absolute nothingness is the state of absolute void where no objects, distance or space exists. Further, for us to understand, an event or an object must occur in a time frame. A state devoid of space and time causes our brains to shut down. We cannot visualize such a scenario. Our thinking mechanism relies on three basic units to perform its operations: space, time and mass. Try to imagine an object or situation that has no dimensions, contains no mass and exists in no time - We cannot. The intricate processing network of neurons residing in our skulls hits the absolute zero in a dimensionless, massless and timeless processing atmosphere.
That is the snag many of the humanity's great minds have hit when they try to present theories on the subject of the Creation or the Emergence of The Universe. We can ride on our mental horses to the point of just after the instance when it all started, most logically, with a Big Bang. But, to come up with the understanding of the precise instance of the Big Bang or the state prior to that, we have to deal with a space-less, dimensionless, massless and timeless state that our brains are not designed to work with. But, for the consolation, we still have The Big Bang and The Moment- After-the-Big-Bang to deal with. Let's also hope that the thought of Conquering The Big Bang will not infect some future steroidal brains.
A point worth mentioning here is that even though we shall use the word energy very frequently here, we have no satisfactory definition of the energy. In our daily terminology we loosely use the word energy alternatively in place of gasoline or electricity - it has no relevance to the way word "energy" is used in science. Here, we shall use the term energy to define a sort of Force or (Ahmm!) Energy that is the fundamental building block of every thing; the time, the space and the matter.
To bang with The Big Bang in our minds, we have to realize that there had to be a sort of Space and Time point for the Big Bang to occur. But, the space itself was the creation of The Big Bang! Space, Dimensions, Mass and Time, as we know now, came into the play as the result of The Big Bang. This is the Big Obstacle! To restate: A state of absolute nothingness, void of space, mass, time and energy is beyond the grasp of our brains.
Further, for the Big Bang to occur there must exist an enormous, beyond our mental computational capabilities, amount of energy that caused the Big Bang. Again, energy must exist in some space-time dimension - But the space and the time are themselves the product of energy. We are forced to fall back to a state that is also devoid of energy.
It is presently an accepted theory that the indivisible packets of energy are the building blocks of the particles in all the atoms that forms all the matter. On the other hand, as we have stated, an absolute nothingness is a state that is also devoid of any energy. How can we visualize, let alone understand, a scenario in which this entire universe came into existence from absolute nothingness, having no energy, no time, no dimensions and no space?
We all have come to know the basic dictum that nothing comes from nothing. And, we can also assume that absolutely nothing comes out from absolute nothingness. We need something to work with. We need the pre-existing presence of some sort of space, time and energy to work with the theories of The Origin of this perceivable universe that we are a miniscule part of. To be strictly in the scientific domain, a space dimension can also be defined in terms of the Energy Field that generated it and confines it. To unfold the time space in a multi dimensional universe we are talking about energy beyond our comprehension and beyond the scope of any calculations at our disposal. Further to mess our brains is the fact that for that energy to exist, there must be a Time-Space-Dimension. We are stuck in an endless loop here.
To work our way to the understanding of the emergence of the universe we have to assume a logical and scientific presumption that gives us a starting point. We have none to deal with the state prior or to the instant of The Big Bang. Since we need to proceed beyond the Point Origin, we have to take The Big Bang as a given and as our starting point forward.
At this point in time, we put the mind numbing issues of absolute nothingness and the state of absolute singularity at rest to allow us to safely turn on our neuron circuits and to commence from point of The Big Bang.
The Initial Energy and The Big Bang
Purely scientifically speaking, there is little debate left that the universe, as we perceive it now, originated with a Big Bang. For The Big Bang to occur, somehow, there must have emerged an enormous Energy in a state of absolute singularity (i.e. beyond the bounds of space and time dimensions). As we cannot figure out the mechanism of the emergence of that Energy, we cannot define the quantitative or qualitative nature of that Energy as well. Also, like its emergence, we cannot comprehend the mechanism for the explosion of that Energy the caused The Big Bang. We have to take the emergence or existence of The Initial Energy in its singularity and it's explosion that initiated, formed and shaped this universe as two given facts. These assumptions provide us the first stepping-stone to move forward. We have to take it that way to be able to have a mental footing and to start up our neural engines to proceed along with our familiar good old Big Bang. So, forward we march on with The Big Bang.
The Big Bang
Just to re-emphasis again; we do not have the words or the expressions to describe the events of The Big Bang or the state before it or the state right after it. Words like instant or expressions like trillions of times are simply our human way to depict those events using the vocabulary that we have.
It must have been a real Big Bang! With a Big Bang the enormous Initial Energy (or, should we call it The Virgin Mother Energy) violently leashed out from its singularity, a state of absolute nothingness - Supper Strings of energy emanating from the erupting Virgin Mother Energy - none of our customary descriptive attributes like; light, color, medium, heat or sound did exist and hence, none can be summoned to present us with any sensory stimulus to light up our imaginations. What was the state of time and space during those early moments, we have no means to scientifically or mathematically comprehend it. But, what ever state it was, it had no correlation to our understanding of time and space at the present. As the enormous Supper Strings of energy were propagating and moving away from the nucleus of the initiating mother energy at trillions of times the accepted speed of light, Time-Space Dimensions were being formed. The unleashing Virgin Mother Energy, in its state of self-propagation, was producing the initial energy packets that were to become the building blocks of the particles that in turn were to become the basic building blocks of the atoms. These basic energy packets can be considered the Universal Unit Particles of Energy. All galactic bodies - billions of galaxies containing trillions of solar systems - and the life itself, sprang from these Universal Unit Particles of Energy.
Emergence of The Universe
Stepping back a little backward to the instance of the initial energy exploding with The Big Bang, we have to re-emphasis that our accepted system of measurements at the present do not apply to the instance of The Beginning due to the very fact that the Time-Space dimensions did not yet exist. Measurements like speed of light had no meanings then, as the initial energy particles that were to produce the photons (particles of light) were just being propagated. With this understanding of limitations, we continue our probe into this hyper-virgin territory of The Big Bang and The After.
It must indeed be a very fantastic scene. From the nothingness of the absolute void a Gigantic Ball of incalculable intensity and immense energy has abruptly emerged in a flash (flash, light, colors and explosion are just our mental way to somehow try to connect and describe that moment - in fact none of our description fits to that event). Self-propagating Super Strings of energy were bolting out-and-away from the nucleus of that gigantic ball of immense energy forming the space-time dimensions and the basic particles of energy. The time-space, including the time-space we live in, was being propagated in multiple dimensions. These Super Strings of immense energy had propagated a multi dimensional universe spanning, by our present measuring standards, more than 14-billion-light-years across from the nucleus of The Big Bang. Plainly speaking, the container shell of this perceptible universe formed at the instant of The Big Bang, spanned spherically more than 28 billion-light-years across. More to contribute the complexity of the matter, the very latest evidence and theories suggest that The Universe spans, more probably, 100-billion light years across and contains many billions more galaxies than the prevalent estimates. In a nutshell, it was the initial energy eruption of The Big Bang that formed the time-space dimensions and the universe within. As we shall discuss later, it is more logical to accept, taking into account the impact of the enormous energy that exploded out due to and at the The Big Bang, that this universe expanded to its maximum span with in an instant (measured in our present time scale) of The Big Bang! It means that the universe was at its largest dimensions the instant after The Big bang.
At that timeless moment our time-space universe had emerged in all its dimensions. It was a universe that we can only describe as supper hot, formed of enormous and multidimensional energy fields. The pure energy that was unleashed with the Big Bang was generating and prorogating the basic packets of energy that in turn were to become the building blocks of all the matter. Photon particles, the particles of light, were also formed from the same pure energy that erupted out at the Big Bang. It was the universe originated and formed via the Virgin Mother Energy of the Big Bang and is engulfed in the Energy Force Field since its very creation.
It is more probable than not that the nucleus of that Virgin Mother Energy remained intact as the multidimensional center (the origin) of this universe. Since after it's spanning to the fullest at the instant after the Big Bang, the entire Universe / Multiverse system is being pulled back by the attractive force of the nucleus of the Virgin Mother Energy. Plainly speaking, it is more probable than not that this universe is contracting and shrinking and not expanding since the instant after its creation. The popular undertaking that the universe is expanding is based on the concept of radiation shift, which takes as a constant the speed of radiation spectrum over time and assumes that it is arriving from a one-dimensional universe in a straight line from our space-time dimension.
The acceptance of this more probable hypothesis that our multidimensional universe is engulfed in the energy field since its very creation and that it is being pulled towards the nucleus of the Virgin Mother Energy, absolves us from coming up with make-to-fit theories like The Gigantic Black-Holes and the The Dark Matter to justify and explain a plethora of anomalies that we encounter as the popularized concepts are presented as the facts pertaining to the Big Bang and the universe.
As the time-space dimensions had emerged and the initial packets of energy were getting busy in formulating the galactic structures, our journey back to Home had already started. The universe was already heading back to its point of origin. At the point that the universe started this return journey, the time counter was set to ZERO. The time counter is ticking since then and we are already many billion light years on our way back. Every thing in the universe is rushing back to Point Zero - at a speed that is beyond our grasp. How far we have come and how far is left - we are unable to compute. It is comprehensible that at some point, the universal-return-journey will cross a point where the pull shall accelerate abruptly due its entrance into an inner shell of denser energy field of The Big Bang nucleus - That will be The Crunch Time - We may call it the end of the journey. But, as we still have time, Let's complete our intergalactic journey.
The Galactic Universe
The enormous Supper Strings of energy that were released at the Big Bang had propagated the multi time-space dimensions forming the universe in various dimensions. The fundamental energy packets of the energy were forming the building blocks of all the matter in the universe. Enormous energy fields were organizing and collating in clusters an incomprehensible amount of matter and energy particles. Clusters of these particles of matter and energy were to form more than two and a half billion galaxies that we estimate to exist in our dimension of the universe. To comprehend the enormity of this universe we will discuss the galactic universe briefly. We will use the speed of light as the unit of measurement to simplify the presentation of the distances and the sizes. Note that in one second the light travels 186,000 miles or 300,000 km.
The Galactic Clusters had been positioned billions of light years away from each other. An average galaxy spans thousands of light years across. Also, an average galaxy contains 2-2.5 billion stars. An average star carries 10 planets orbiting around it. Stars are generally several light years away from each other. The galaxy that we are in is named by us as The Milkyway Galaxy. It contains around 2.5 billion stars. Sun is one of its stars. Star sun carries ten planets in its orbit. Our Earth is one of star Sun's planets.
There are an estimated 4-10 billion galaxies in The Universe.
Among billions of galaxies there are billions times billions of Stars. There are billions upon billions of planets in this known universe. Earth is just one of the billions of these planets.
Do you still believe that this miniscule Earth is the only planet in this universe that carries intelligent life on it?
The Universal Energy and the Human
In our understanding of the attractive pulling force of the nucleus of the Big Bang that encompasses the entire universe, we may very well find the key that may open the door leading us to solve the puzzle of the universal energy. We may very well be able to tape into this universal energy for all our energy needs. We may very well be able to build space ships capable of traveling, encapsulated in the energy field, faster than the speed of light. With access to an inexhaustible energy, a new era of progress and prosperity may very well usher in.
Only if .....
Only if we could break the cement bunkers that are entombing our brains and learn to live like members of a compassionate and intelligent species - The Human - Only if we could survive the lust for the blood of our own species.