We Are in the Middle of the Universe

When you examine our universe from the smallest scale, which is the Planck length (1.6×10−35 meters) to the largest, which is the observable universe (91 billion light years across), we are in the middle.  And when I saw “we,” I am talking about our cells, or in effect, life as we know it.

It might seem strange, but the living cells inside a human body are smack dab in the middle between the smallest and largest things we know.  Whether that’s luck of the draw or a requirement for life or some other requirement for balancing the universe, we don’t know.  But we do know that generally things are positioned in the universe with design and reason and less by random selection, except for things found in the quantum world.

So, let’s speculate on why life is found in the center of the universe.  It may be the “goldilocks” zone for life to exist.  In other words, it may be the area that is just right for life to survive.  We know that the earth is in a “goldilocks” zone for protecting us from radiation and other hazards within our galaxy.  Our solar system situated about three quarters of the way outside the center of the Milky Way is in a fairly safe and habitable part of the galaxy.  And our earth is in a perfect location within our solar system for life to exist.  Perhaps, the same can be said about the location of our cells within the universe.

The center of the universe might be the safest zone as it is in the middle of two extremes.  Extremes, as a general rule, do not bode well for a fragile life form.  It might be the safest location for life forms.  Life, which would be susceptible to death from extreme environments, must have a safe nest for birth, growth, and development.  Cells and molecules appear to have that nest in a perfect location in the middle of the universe.

Now as the space-time fabric expands, the center of the universe does not change.  Life stays in between Planck length and the observable universe, no matter how much the universe expands.  It would be like placing a line in the middle of a balloon and then blowing up the balloon, watching the line remain in the center as the balloon increased in size.  The same could be said about the universe if it contracted; life would remain in the center if the space-time fabric decreased in size.  If we were on that line, we couldn’t tell if the universe were expanding or contracting.  Only observers from outside our universe could tell which direction it was going.

And whether our universe is contracting or expanding may not matter much for a majority of the time.  However, it may be important if we form a Big Crunch at the end of the contraction period.  That may be a point when life can no longer survive until we go from the Big Crunch to the Big Bang again.  This seems to suggest that the universe is a perpetual motion machine, which makes sense in a closed universe.

Speculation is permitted in a situation when our senses cannot provide us the information we need to answer life’s questions.  Because being in the center of the universe may block us from seeing the whole picture.

Anthropocentric God

Do you consider man to be the most important species in the universe?  Why?  Of the billions of star systems in our galaxy and the billions of galaxies in our universe, do you consider us to be the most dominant life form in the universe simply because we believe we are on earth?  I have found other animals on our planet that might well have better qualities than us.  And what if we compared Homo sapiens to life on other planets in the universe?  And we are fairly certain that other life exist.  We just haven’t found it yet.  And if they have found us, then they are certainly more advanced than we are.  Wouldn’t the most important life form be the most advanced?

I suppose it was natural for our species to allow its countenance to be the face of God.  Since we are the most important life in the universe, God must look like us.  However, our egos are perhaps a little inflated.  In reality, we represent a tiny spec of time on earth and are an even smaller amount of matter within the universe.  We are not that important in the scheme of things.

God is the Creator of our universe and other universes if they exist.  We really don’t know how far God’s creation reaches out.  So, we are a bit presumptuous to think that God looks like us or for that matter, even resembles anything in our existence.  We only know that the Creator exists, but nothing else.  God could be the essence of creation and be no more contained than space itself.  We just do not know and will not until we travel into the afterlife.  And there is no guarantee that we will initially view God after we die.  There may be a process that we will have to undergo in order to reach that final destination.  And some may never reach it.

It seems logical that the universe could be a perpetual motion machine, and we may be elements that are recycled as part of that process.  We know that our bodies decay and the atoms are reused.  We know that stars die and the elements are created from its destruction.  It is most likely that we live in a closed universe that constantly has systems that are dying and then regenerating.  It is possible that our universe is actually a living organism that recycles itself.  If there are other universes, they may play a role in the death and regeneration of our universe.  For example, if there is an anti-matter universe that collides with our universe, it could destroy us.

Again, we have no way of knowing what is going on within and outside our universe.  The best we can do is have faith in God, our Creator, and attempt to unify with God in advance of our deaths, so we will be ready for whatever lies ahead.  If nothing happens and your atoms simply merge into something new, then I will not be thinking and will not have to worry about the afterlife.  But I know that I am thinking now and that to just stop thinking would be rather absurd, knowing that there is very little in life that just ends.  Like I said, there appears to be a strong tendency toward recycling in our universe.

It does not seem likely that we would just stop thinking upon death.  But then, we do have a problem if we continue thinking.  What will we be thinking if we do not have our senses to distract us?  It might be good to think about that before you die.


Was Our Universe Created?

All the questions about our universe and our lives in this universe can be boiled down to: was our universe created? If it were created, then there are many things beyond our universe that we can only imagine, but one of which was the mystery of our creation outside our universe. The Big Bang would only be the manifestation of what happened as the created matter and energy entered our universe. But the creation, itself, would have been outside our universe.

If you believe that there never was a creation, then there can never be a termination either. In effect, our universe would be infinitely churning matter and energy through a recycling process. All matter and energy within our universe could be transformed from matter to energy and vice versa, but never could be destroyed. This is the law of conservation of matter and energy, which means that the total amount of mass and energy in our universe will always be the same.

Creation, if it happened, could have only occurred outside our universe. In order for there to be a creation, our universe must have a boundary, so that the creation can develop outside our universe. We might be saying that if there is no creation, then there is no limit to our universe. For example inflation of the universe could continue until all the galaxies and eventually stars were isolated by themselves enveloped in darkness as the distance between stars increased over time. I don’t know how non-creationists could believe in the Big Bang though. The only idea that might work would be an alternating process between a Big Bang and a Big Crunch, which would have no beginning or ending.

It is rather depressing to think that there was no creation. That means that we are stuck in an eternal universe without any hope of creation or destruction. That sounds rather boring and like a prison sentence. And could matter and energy pop up out of nowhere… a form of spontaneous generation? Well, it is possible, but not probable.

Most everything we see in our universe is moving in an orbit.  And even things that we cannot see like electrons are moving in an orbit.  In other words, most of both our macroworld and microworld have orbits with boundaries.  And if our universe is an eternal recycling or perpetual motion machine, it too will have a boundary as it cycles back and forth.

But even if you only believe that our universe is in motion, you must ask what started that motion?  And the natural law of entropy indicates that the motion will eventually stop.  What keeps it going?  Even if we argue that dark matter and dark energy are fully employed within our universe to keep the motion going, we cannot avoid the earlier question:  what started the motion?

It only seems logical that creation must be interjected into the picture in order for us to have an original motion, whether it be the Big Bang or some other act of creation. Interestingly enough, most scientists believe in the Big Bang and an unlimited universe that will expand forever. These are inconsistent theories. The Big Bang is a theory explaining how our universe was created, while infinite expansion is a theory of a universe which has no boundary. Creation occurred on the other side of the Big Bang, which is the best evidence of a fence around our universe.

Whether there are multi-universes which have been created is not ripe for discussion. We don’t have enough information. We live in a universe where maybe less than one percent is visible. Perhaps not all the universe is observable, much like when we look toward the horizon on earth, we cannot see the skyscrapers in the next town. And we certainly cannot see dark matter and dark energy, which is about 96% of the known universe.

But we do know that we are aware of our existence of earth. This consciousness is probably something that was created. Logically, there must have been a creation or everything would be motionless and dead.