VIEWING THE BEGINNING

Though there are many scientific estimates, we are not sure when this universe began. We are not sure when this universe will end. The sun may end. The life on earth may end. This solar sysem may end. But can this universe end?

The truth is we don’t know if this universe ever had a beginning, or if this universe will ever end. The universe could just well be without a beginning and an end from our point of view.

People who have lived and died has seen the universe continue through their lifetimes. The beginning of a life is visible with birth. The end of life is visible with death. We may only surmise the universe having a similar cycle with a beginning and an end. 

We know that a life goes through a cycle. We observe that the concept of cycle applies pretty much to everything in this universe. Can we apply this concept to the universe itself?

Our reference point is the life we are living. That viewpoint is there as long as we are living. We cannot experience “before the beginning” and “after the end” of our life because that viewpoint is not there.

In other words, our viewpoint is limited to the cycle we are a part of. If we take the viewpoint of mankind we find it difficult to visualize “before the beginning” and “after the end” of mankind. Similarly, if we take the viewpoint of this universe we find it almost impossible to visualize “before the beginning” and “after the end” of this universe. This is because our viewpoint is there as long as the cycle being referenced  is there. It does not extend beyond that cycle. Therefore, from that viewpoint the cycle, of which it is a part, is “always there.”

We may thus assume that looking from a viewpoint based on this universe the universe will appear to be “always there.” From that viewpoint we would never know if the universe has a beginning or an end. Science assumes a viewpoint based on this universe. From that viewpoint Science can never determine with certainty whether this universe had a beginning or not.

It is philosophy that lets us postulate a viewpoint beyond this universe. And from that viewpoint we may look at this universe as a cycle.

TO LOOK AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THIS UNIVERSE IT IS ESSENTIAL TO CONCEIVE OF A VIEWPOINT THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF THIS UNIVERSE.

 

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  • anonymuse  On July 4, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    That viewpoint considers>creates it( ha)s boundaries.

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