Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Discovery of Nothing

A recent article published on News24 on 4 Oct 2006 discusses a recent discovery scientists made of ripples in the fabric of the universe. The article goes on to say that these ripples in the microwave radiation explain why the universe is lumpy, and concludes that this discovery adds to proof that the Big Bang Theory is correct.

The final statement made in the article is that Man needs to know his origins and his place in this world. The age-old question: "Why am I here?" This is the question I wish to consider in this article.

Why is it that we always ask the question, "Why am I here?" Why do we need to know our origins? The easy answer is that we have an inate desire to have the answer to these questions. We are questioning beings, and we look for answers to these questions. But the next question (if you excuse the repetition) to ask is, "Why do we have this desire to know?"

If scientists believe that the universe originated in a big bang, that life evolved out of a soup of atoms and chemicals, that everything is by chance, and that we, as Man, are no better than a small frog, then why do we have to know the reason why? There would be no reason for us to ask. We would just accept our place in the food chain of this world, and struggle for our existence alongside all the other animals that have evolved.

However, we do ask, and we do question. Therefore I would argue that our origins differ from the Theory of the Big Bang. That we are asking for a reason, and the reason is that we were made to ask questions. That we were made to need to understand our origins. I would suggest that the scientists should stop looking to the ends of the universe for the answers to questions which originate on Earth, and are to be found on Earth. Perhaps the answer is not as far-fetched as you think!