Must the universe have a beginning? 


Many if not all human societies have origin myths and they differ greatly.


Several years ago a San Francisco-born-and-raised woman told me she is a materialist.

An hour ago a woman who was raised a Jehovah Witness and has left that faith told me the Big Bang story grew from a human need for a beginning. I agreed.

Can you wholeheartedly accept that the universe had no beginning, that it has always existed?(copied from AU) 

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

64 thoughts on “Must the universe have a beginning? 

  1. Joseph says:

    The issue is more that OUR universe had a beginning – time, as a dimension did not exist before the big bang (probably) and it therefore makes no sense to make any reference to a time before the big bang

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  2. Hariod Brawn says:

    Ask the bloggers! Isn’t it all the shape of a ring doughnut or something; no beginnings, no endings; like the craving for Krispy Kreme’s?

    We see what we expect to see; we believe accordingly. See Hermann von Helmholtz’s man as prediction machine. Cue various predictions.

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  3. john zande says:

    Can you wholeheartedly accept that the universe had no beginning, that it has always existed?

    And yet this same person seemingly has no problem “accepting” their particular god has always existed. If one, why not the other? Can that be explained without special pleading?

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  4. Swarn Gill says:

    I agree with the first commenter. The connection between time in space means that time also began when the big bang happen. The idea of something “before” the big bang doesn’t make sense in the way we understand time. It is only our linear experience of time that makes us think about cause and effect in this way.

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  5. It’s odd. The universe does not necessarily need to have had a specific “beginning”, but this sentence would not be grammatically correct without one.

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  6. It’s time turtles all the way down, Mak.

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  7. Nan says:

    My question in return: Why does it matter if it does or doesn’t? Does knowing the answer (which is essentially impossible) change anything?

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  8. In cosmology, the “Steady State” model of the universe (i.e. the perpetual universe has no beginning nor end, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steady_State_theory) was once widely accepted. It isn’t any longer because of the major developments of Einstein (i.e. Relativity) and in Quantum Physics. One prevailing idea that people should realize is no longer accepted is the equating of our observable universe with the much larger cosmos. What we can actually see is almost certainly just a small fraction of what exists in totality.

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  9. atheistsmeow says:

    ”Always been”, is more my take. Don’t think about it much, & don’t really care.

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  10. KIA says:

    I still run into the intuitive ‘there cannot be an infinite regress’. Wouldn’t there have to have been a time, space, or existence before there was time, space and existence? And what happened on bring time space and existence into being?

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  11. basenjibrian says:

    Don’t know about the universe or the cosmos, but we can certainly see right now that republics can come crashing down.

    I wish I was competent in running my own life and had the cache of money to emigrate. I don’t want to live in a country dominated by Trumpalos.

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  12. Daniela says:

    Just because we (humans) with our limited senses cannot see it or understand it or measure it and thus name it … does not meant that ‘it’ did not exist -:)!

    On the other note – I am just saying ‘hi’ in passing and letting you know that my daughter is having a great time in your lovely country!

    Hope all is well!
    Daniela

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