Limitation of Imagination

We all have congratulated others on being very creative.  We know of artists, musicians, or even scientists like Einstein, who were creative geniuses.  Their imagination seemed to know no bounds, yet it did.  Their limitations were primarily based on their knowledge.  The more we know, the greater our imaginations become.

Unfortunately, we know very little about ourselves and where we live: our solar system, our galaxy, and certainly our universe.  We are still struggling to understand the earth and the depths of the ocean.  We don’t know how the sun and its cycles are impacting our weather patterns, so we blame it on global warming.

We don’t know where our solar system ends.  We see only about 10% of our universe in the form of planets and moons, so we know very little about the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud.  And we also know very little about the billions of galaxies with their billions of stars, yet this is only about 4% of our total universe.  The other 96% is called dark matter and dark energy, which we know practically nothing about.  And don’t even mention quantum mechanics.

So with so little information, our imaginations are extremely limited.  When cosmologists state that they believe our universe will continue accelerating into a Deep Freeze, I counter with the fact that their imaginations are in a deep freeze.  The truth is that we will never know how the universe works because we are limited on our facts and imagination.  Only God knows and He is not showing His creative hand… at least while we are alive.

I give cosmologists a good deal of credit for coming up with the idea about Phase Changes as a possibility for the end of our universe; however, this idea is a spinoff of what we know about the different phases of water:  liquid, solid, and gas.  Again, our imagination is fairly limited to what we know.

For example, scientists have no idea what dark energy is, so let’s utilize our imagination and see what we predict.  Dark energy may be a force that is repelling the rest of the universe and thus causing an acceleration of separation between galaxies.  But this is based on our understanding of magnetism when like charges repel each other.  If you were to question cosmologists about dark energy, they would have to tell you that they have no idea what it is and their imaginations are stymied.

Even when we let our imagination go to areas that are declared to be science fiction, it is still based on what we know.  For example, if I were to say that the red color that we expect to see as a property enters the event horizon of a black hole, could be the same as the red shift that Hubble discovered decades ago.  Then if I were to extrapolate the reversal of time at the event horizon with a reversal of time with Hubble’s red shift, my imagination is still restricted to facts that we know or think that we know.

This is an interesting analogy though since most cosmologists believe that the red shift indicates that the galaxies are moving away from each other at increasing speeds.  My theory is that the galaxies are stuck in a time-space fabric that is shrinking at accelerating speeds.  But again, my imagination is limited just as much as others on earth.

Can we create something different from what we know?  Well, we can imagine new combinations of what we know.  For example, we might speculate that life on a planet, which is light years away, has a creature with ten legs and five eyes, but we are still working with legs and eyes.  We can even paint an unrecognizable animal, but we will borrow from things that we know to create this beast.

So, clearly we are not even close to the Creator, our God.  In order to be with God, we must unify with Him.  We must trust Him and defer to His omniscience.  Only God could create the universe from nothing.  Scientists do not have a clue.

Stephen Hawking vs. God

Stephen Hawking recently stated that he was an atheist.  He indicated that science provided a “more convincing explanation” for the origin of the universe than God.  He also stated that the beliefs of religion “aren’t compatible” with scientific facts. 

Hawking continued, “Before we understood science, it was natural to believe that God created the universe but now science offers a more convincing explanation.”  He concluded, “What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is we would know everything that God would know if there was a God, but there isn’t.  I’m an atheist.”

It seems a bit presumptuous and perhaps even conceited for us to think that any of us, including Hawking, would know everything that God would know.  Scientists admit that there is much that we do not know and perhaps never will.  We cannot merge the theory of relativity and gravity with quantum mechanics.  We do not understand dark matter and don’t even know what dark energy is.  We only can see a small percentage of the universe, so we couldn’t possibly know everything that God would know.

And the bigger picture is framed by the law that all the matter and energy in the universe can neither be created nor destroyed in that same universe.  In other word, God, who by definition is the creator, had to create outside our universe.  As little as we know about our universe, we know absolutely nothing about God’s crucible outside the universe.

In order for Hawking or any person to know absolutely that God does not exist, that individual would have to know everything.  As we just discussed, nobody can make that claim… not even Hawking.  There is a difference between saying that you do not believe in God and saying that you know that there is no God.

Logically, it would be difficult for Hawking or any scientist to prove conclusively either that there is a God or there is not a God.  It would be an optimistic undertaking to find a preponderance of evidence to make either case.  Man simply does not have the evidence and probably never will.

Hawking also argued that belief in a heaven or an afterlife is “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”  There may be some truth to this because the true basis for a belief in God is faith.  We hope that God brings us light to lead us through that darkness of chaos.  That is probably why there is a history of mankind looking upward, praying to a God or gods for millennia.  Even if there is no God, perhaps our faith that there is one is a fairy story that helps us sleep better at night.  Why would Hawking want to remove this security blanket that comforts so many people?  Especially, when he could not possibly know that there is no God anymore than he could know that there is a God.

Even though, we have been on earth only a short period of time, our species is so anthropocentric that we think that everything is about us.  Although we are quite accomplished at destroying our environment, we aren’t as good at helping our world recover.  We should be much more humble about our role on earth and in the universe.

It would have been more interesting if Hawking had said that there is a significant chance that there is an abundant amount of life throughout the universe.  Will that life have a different God or will we all have to share the same creator?  Will our arrogance permit this sharing?  Quite frankly, my experience with our species makes me believe that if we encountered ET, we would try to kill it rather than to understand it.

Maybe Hawking was really trying to say that there is no God in Homo sapiens.

ET Probably Exists

With 200 to 400 billion stars in our galaxy and 100 to 200 billion galaxies in the observable universe, the odds are pretty good for extraterrestrial life to exist in locations other than the earth.  In fact the odds that there is a significant amount of life somewhere else in the universe is astronomical.  So the odds are that ET exists, but ET may not be as advanced as life on earth.

There is a chance that there is life within our solar system, perhaps under the surface on the moons that orbit Jupiter or Saturn.  Frozen lakes on moons that have hydrothermal vents, sometimes called black smokers or fumaroles, could be the cradles for life within our solar system.

Scientists have discovered molecular compounds that are integral to life on earth throughout our universe.  These compounds include amino acids containing organic compounds called iso-propyl cyanide, which is an essential building block for life on earth.  This iso-propyl cyanide is also located within the Milky Way galaxy in a giant cloud about 27,000 light years away.

The fact that there may be an abundance of life within our galaxy and the universe may not answer the question: how advanced are the life forms?  Some scientists believe that “abundant microbial life is a bad sign that we will never become an interstellar civilization – since these aliens would have had plenty of time to develop advanced space travel technologies, but we haven’t hears a peep from them.”

Of course, there are some who believe that aliens have been here already.  In some ways, this new evidence of a universe that is a cradle for life gives credence to those who believe that extraterrestrials have been studying us for some time.  Perhaps the incidents at Roswell and other locations may be true after all.