Living in a Quantum Dream

Living in a Quantum Dream

2022, Science  -   9 Comments
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Think of nothing. What do you see? You might imagine a vacuum, a region of the universe drained of all matter and radiation, but go further and try to think of a true nothing, an absolute nothing. This nothing is not just empty but devoid of space and time themselves. Given our everyday experiences this is hard to imagine. But we have often struggled with the concept of nothing.

The biblical story of creation tells us that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. But what existed before god's creation, in a moment before time, in a place before space? The Bible simply does not say.

And indeed our scientific theories and observations also tell us that our universe has not existed for eternity. They tell us that 14 billion years ago it had a beginning, a fiery birth in a maelstrom of particles and energy and it has been expanding and cooling ever since.

So what came before? Cosmologists offer tantalizing possibilities. Maybe our universe was begotten from a previous existence, part of an endless cycle, or formed in the violent collision between two other universes. But perhaps the most unsettling answer of all is that our universe was born from nothing. And if that is the case, how does one get something from nothing?

We are going to go on a journey across time and space, from the universe's first moments to its
far-flung future. We are going to unpack the meaning of quantum mechanics, explore its impact on the cosmos around us, leading us to the biggest question of all: Just where did the universe come from?

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9 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Izaak Veenstra

    There is a horizon of vision. But saying the universe has a set age is like saying the earth is flat. Just because you can't see/perceive of what might be farther back in time does not mean it just stops/starts. That is a theory based on the reaction to what we immediately see with no thought of how everywhere we look the universe is infinite.

    1. Mark

      True

  2. Rajaram Menon

    Creation and recreation of the cosmos are discussed in Hinduism, though without the clarity required by science. The ancient Hindus believed in such creation, destruction and recreation.

  3. Iolanda Ribeiro

    Watching this documentary we stop for one seconds and think how important we are.

  4. Cameron Parker

    Informative and well put together. Definitely recommend watching.

  5. Claudius Pereira

    In the begining was the Word .....

    1. Ella

      ....and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Thanks, Claudius)

    2. London

      And people such as Ella and Claudius have always been on the absolute violent, maniacal wrong side of history. The next humans 2.0 will hopefully look at all of the damages that false gods and stupid people do to the human race, and outlaw both forever

    3. Ron

      This is in response to London
      and people like you with no true knowledge of history associate religion with violence. tell me didn't Christ said to turn the other cheek? and love thy neighbor. tell me are these teachings bad? Did the people who started the wars follow him? its people like you who do not think for themselves and follow blindly enable those leaders to have an army and go to war. stop parroting and think!