14th December 2014
WARNING: this post has a sort of philosophical nature, but I know nothing about philosophy so I may show myself up to be an uneducated idiot with this post. But hopefully some people will find my thoughts interesting.
One of the roles religion filled in my life before I relinquished it, was to "fill in the missing gaps" that science couldn't explain. Science has not yet completely unravelled the secrets of the universe, and it possibly never will.
So there are many questions that a non-religious person cannot truthfully claim to know the answer to. But even if you don't know the answer to something you can have theories that you like.
I would like to present my theory as to the answer to:
Well in order to explain my idea on this I want to do a thought experiment. Imagine the universe didn't exist. What would it be like? Well if there was no universe then there would surely also be no rules to govern it. Not only would there be no "laws of physics" but even the fundamental laws we take for granted such as the law of "cause and effect" would not exist.
Now I am going to explain two things that I believe, which shape my theory as to why the universe exists. Both of these ideas are completely un-provable but they make sense to me and I like them.
But how can the universe be in a state of perfect chaos? It doesn't look completely chaotic. Well the thing is that chaotic systems seem to organise themselves. Mix olive oil and water and watch them separate out. Look at space and see amorphous gas clouds coalescing into star systems. And look at life. Life forms basically gather nutrients from their environment and order it.
So that is my theory and belief as to why the universe exists. I like it because:
If I find an idea I like better I may change my beliefs, but that's how I think right now :).