The Big Bang Didn’t Need God to Start the Universe

The Big Bang Didn’t Need God to Start the Universe

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Our universe could have popped into existence 13.7 billion years ago without any divine help whatsoever, researchers say. That may run counter to our instincts, which recoil at the thought of something coming from nothing, but scientists say, we should trust the laws of physics. In the very weird world of quantum mechanics, which describes action on a subatomic scale, random fluctuations can produce matter and energy out of nothingness. And this can lead to very big things indeed, researchers say.

“The Big Bang could’ve occurred as a result of just the laws of physics being there,” said astrophysicist Alex Filippenko of the University of California, Berkeley, speaking at the SETICon 2 conference during a panel discussion called ‘Did the Big Bang Require a Divine Spark?’ “With the laws of physics, you can get universes.”

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