The Logic of the Big Bang
In this essay I wish to discuss the logic of the Big Bang theory. I shall discuss whether or not the Big Bang was possible according to logical basis and what the consequences may be if it is proved to be illogical. I shall consider the Logics argument of Cause and Effect which reaches a logical conclusion for the origins of the Earth which proves contrary to the Big Bang theory. I shall also consider the theory of the Big Bang according to a purely scientific basis.
Logic states that every effect must have a cause, no matter whether it is a direct cause or an indirect cause. Let us take an example: Imagine a queue of people, infinitely long, standing single filed outside of a closed door which cannot be opened unless it is pushed by the person at the front of the queue. Yet this person won’t push the door open unless they are pushed by the person behind them and that person won’t push them unless they, themselves, are pushed and so on. It can easily be seen that the door will never get pushed open because each person requires a cause to push the person in front of them and that cause will never come. No cause; no effect. The only possible way that the door could open is if somebody, independent of the queue, pushes one of the people in the queue thus beginning the sequence which will eventually end with the door opening. This example illustrates that it is impossible to have an effect when there is no cause. Yet when it comes to discussing the Big Bang, the effect of which is our Universe, cosmologists have always had difficulty in explaining its cause. This is no surprise as it is beyond our comprehension for us to imagine how the Universe, as we know it, could have begun from ‘nothing’ approximately fourteen billion years ago. Since there is no cause for the Big Bang, how can there be an effect?
It is said by Physicists that approximately fourteen billion years ago the Universe emerged from a singularity; an infinitely hot, infinitely dense and infinitely small singularity. This singularity expanded, and still is expanding, eventually becoming the Universe we inhabit now. Yet it is not mentioned from whence this singularity emerged.
Yet if the Big Bang theory is not logical then how do we exist? Logically, the singularity that supposedly began the Universe can not have just ‘turned up’. There must have been a cause for the singularity which became our Universe. The logical answer to the question of ‘the beginning’ is that there must have been an independent cause of the Big Bang, as there was in the ‘queue’ example aforementioned. I believe that the answer to the question of the origins of our Universe is not either the scientific answer or the logical answer, but a mixture of both. It is possible that the Universe began from a singularity as scientific observations show, yet the question of what ‘independent cause’ began the singularity remains scientifically unanswered. Could it be that this is a proof for the existence of God reached purely through true logic?