The Real Bible
The Old Cosmos.
1:1 In the beginning nature created the cosmos, somehow. And the heavens were a celestial metaphor for God, And the Earth was without form, and void, (correct!). God knew the Earth was without form because all the 94 natural atoms that had to be forged were stuck in a tiny, hot, dense plasma. This plasma did exist and would cool enough, one day, to make the Earth, and darkness was upon the fabric of space-time and on the face of the deep.
1:2 The cosmos was smaller than an atom and God (still a metaphor) said "Let there be Light!". He was wrong, as the Big Bang, creation itself was more like darkness upon the face of the deep/space-time. Light can only be emitted when a plasma cools enough to make atomic nuclei, which can then emit photons or Light (sticking with Gods nomenclature) when electrons "jump orbits" and lose energy as a photon of light. Either way, God "saw" the dark plasma and it was good, but not as good as light, so he saved his slogan for later, under the advice of nature.
1:3 God called the light day, and the darkness he called Night. This was the first day, as God used the calender we use, not Planck times, or exponents, or the first minutes of the BB (using earth time) but a day and night. God still tried to make water before oxygen had formed though (even hydrogen was not there), so he could not divide the waters which he needed to do, in order to make a divide 'under' and 'above' separating his firmament.Which he called heaven, nature called it the night sky from Earth ~10 billion years from now.
1:4 Space-time was near infinite in energy, temperature and density.And the spirit of nature split the proposed super force into the four forces we know today, Gravity curved space itself, determining geometry, the silent, dark plasma of the Big Bang occurred 13.7 billion years ago. The other forces Electromagnetism (EMG) and the two nuclear forces would be important soon enough. This event called the BB created all the matter and energy we see today.
1:5 Before the spirit of nature AKA God could move upon the face of the water, the baby cosmos, space and the plasma of charged particles were extremely energetic. The cosmos itself appeared everywhere, the BB happened at a time, but happened at every single point in space, the universe was everywhere without a centre or centred at every point in space - all at once. Quantum fluctuations in this early or Gods "first day" (figuratively speaking) would become the galaxies we see today. Antimatter annihilated with matter to make pure energy, there were slightly more matter particles than its anti-matter counter part and we are made of those unexplained extra bits.
1:6 God saw the cosmos but could not visualize it, like me, as the cosmos was everywhere but had nowhere as it's centre and was expanding into space/time itself, God called the firmament, heaven, on the second day, despite cosmology having no idea where heaven fits into the promising theoretical inflationary model. So nature gave God a break and let him learn from the cosmos.
1:7 The firmament being a simpler concept to imagine than the first few moments of the cosmos, which we are still working on and are closing in on it's origins, assuming it is not beyond our human imaginations. So God (still non-literal) waited on the face of the waters, (water molecules being impossible due to physical law needing hydrogen and oxygen to make water). All the same God was eager to make water, in order to separate the firmament, but had neither hydrogen nor oxygen, he was not a chemist but an author/deity, so his mistake can be understood.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
"To be, or not to be, that is the question—
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—"
W. Shakespeare. Hamlet.
Is it rational to be afraid of death? For me, a materialist atheist, who expects "nothing" to occur after death - and I mean literally nothing - as in the absence of something, I see no reason to be apprehensive or fearful of the inevitable moment when I, like all those millions before me, "shuffle off this mortal coil" into nonexistence, most probably. I further expect, given the empirical and skeptical examination I have applied to nature revealed by science, that the afterlife is an illusion and a potentially sinister one at that. Nevertheless, the same skeptic, the socratic doubter in me, which cannot ever prove or rule out the possibility of afterlives, however absurd they seem when examined, I accept that there is always a chance that in death, "what dreams may come"...
It seems safe to affirm that our superstition riddled societies, of past and present, are partly to blame. One must also take into account the fact that we have barely emerged from those hundreds of thousands of credulous years, during which the faithful homo sapien species was dying with uncritical certainty that life after death is as real as life lived on Earth (be it a flat or spherical Earth, geo-or-helio centred...).
Part 2 on the way.