The problem with most literate lay people like us is that we have a peculiar take on and a conditional belief towards the scientific understanding of universal
creation – the Big Bang. The most popular among these notions is that all matter we see around us today was once squeezed into an infinitely miniscule
point of unimaginably immense density.
Then about 14 billion years ago, something like an explosion took place at that singularity and scattered all the stuff in it so that these have formed
galaxies, stars, planets, animals, humans, plants, microscopic parasites and subatomic particles. Different kinds of matter. But matter.
Theory Of Relativity
However, those few of us who have at least a passing familiarity with Einstein’s theories of relativity would know that matter is simply another form of
energy.Which is exactly what E = MC2 means; matter and energy are interchangeable. So these people are additionally aware that not only matter but all
forms of energy we see around us today was also created at the Big Bang.The solution to sunlight, radio and television waves, microwaves and X-rays and
gamma are also suddenly and suitably available. Yet, now two more important questions arise. The first is: Where did the Big Bang take place and,more importantly,
what is it expanding into because if it arose out of nothingness it only means there’s nothing outside of it to expand into?
So astrophysicists came up with another tweak.They said that along with matter and energy space also came into being at the singularity as it exploded.
The second question is, what was there before the Big Bang? This was answered by adding that time too came into existence at the very same moment.Therefore,
the question is a nonstarting no-brainer because ‘before’makes no sense if there’s no time for any when to be ‘before’. (The alternative had always been
– and still is often – to posit an intelligent Creator who exists outside of time and has always done so. But the majority of mainstream scientists go
apoplectic with inappropriate rage and angst at the mere mention of the big G-word.Therefore, let’s see if we can do without it.) Next comes an unexpected
shocker.The fact that galaxies, stars, planets. as mentioned earlier have formed, it must mean that the Big Bang happened not haphazardly but following
certain immutable rules of chemistry and laws of physics. But that means these laws must have had to predate the Bang.Where were they residing? And what
made the laws come into being? About half of scientists of the Platonic disposition tend to believe these things are dimensionless and have an eternal
existence, whereas the other half say they were created at – where else? – the B-Bang. And life as we know it – the carbon-based variety? There is ironclad
proof that carbon was not formed at the singularity explosion, only hydrogen was. This later transmuted into helium by nuclear fusion which, again, later
through similar processes ultimately became carbon inside of stars billions of years afterwards. Still, can a precursor of life be the same thing as life
itself? That’s like asking if a forest is a precursor of a newspaper.
Before The Big Bang
Finally, we come to the greatest mystery in science,namely,that of consciousness. All scientists have always had it but till a couple of decades back remained
in denial by rubbishing its existence. It is this writer’s contention that the seeds of consciousness were also sown at the Big Bang. The full blown form
has had to wait eons for the right kind(s) of sentience to come along before it could infuse into its being and manifest a sense of awareness. After all,
of what use is a universe if it remains unobserved and unable to explain itself?