Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:26 CDT
There is freedom of choosing religion in our country so there is no problem what you or I believe. On the other hand there is a problem when scientists mix facts supported by evidence and laws of nature with fantasy, unfounded hypotheses and faith.
There is no qualitative difference being a creationist believing that earth and our galaxy was created 6000 years ago or believing that the universe was created from a small cosmic egg 14 billion years ago. From where did this egg originate and what existed before that?
There must have been something more (or rather, less) than a nuclear bomb within it since at that point not even matter are believed to has existed. None of these beliefs are or can be supported by scientific methods or verified experience. Hence, it cannot be classified as science.
Many years ago a saw a “scientific” 600 page book in a book store. It claimed to tell what happened in the first MINUTE after Big Bang. It was loaded with formulae and unverified hypotheses. To me this book represented a peak of human hubris, a pretention that logic and mathematical models without any verified anchoring in reality could give the answer to the eternal mystery of our existence. Evidently the author was religious or crazy.
This is still my opinion. Science can hardly explain every problem that nature presents using scientific methods. Some parts of physical reality are just too complex to untangle, at least at our contemporary level of scientific understanding and knowledge. And so, any such statement is by definition unscientific. The concept of Big Bang and the following process would be called a fairy tale or superstition during the old days.
Today measurements of micro wave radiation from space are stated to tell what happened during the first SECOND after Big Bang. What a joke! What about measurements of other types of electromagnetic radiation that come from space such as, radio waves, visible light, X-rays and gamma rays which often present great problems to interpret?
You could as well state that the universe was created by Mickey Mouse and suggest he should get a Noble prize for his great feat.