If you believe in the big bang, I suppose I will call you a Banger. (For a number of scientific reasons, I absolutely do not believe the big bang cosmology.) After reading the following, I hope you will agree. I apologize in advance for two relatively lengthy quotations of over 100 words each, but I believe you will see their importance as we evaluated the scientific relevance of the so called big bang.
You might call me a science denier or a Bible thumper. You might even call me an idiot or a moron. As an ER physician I can say categorically that none of those accusations are true. Still you might choose any number of other insults or expletives which are leveled at anyone (scientist, physician, educator, or student) who dares question the prevailing big bang cosmology. I have been insulted many times in a similar vein by self-absorbed college freshmen with no training whatsoever in the sciences. But I will call you, and said college freshmen, Bangers. Why?
Because Bangers, with their unquestioning group think are a danger to the scientific community. They are an embarrassment to science as a whole. They stand in the way of real scientific progress by their unassailable devotion to their atheistic and evolutionary mindset. And I am certainly not the only one who believes this. As explained by , retired Military Scientist,the big bang is not only a mere theory, it is a very poor theory indeed. In fact there are astronomical problems with the Big Bang…
Unfortunately, we also found some verifiable evidence that cannot be explained by the BB theory. For instance, there is an imbalance of matter and anti-matter and there is much less lithium than there should be. Some other inconsistencies are so complex that they usually go by names such as the horizon problem, the flatness problem and the monopole problem. (look them up) There are others.
And then there is the simple matter of timing of the BB. If we see the universe is expanding and theorize that it must have been smaller in the past, wouldn’t it be necessary to know how large it is now in order to project how long it took it to expand to its present size? Even at speed C. We can not see past 13.7 BLY out but for a variety of reasons, the observable diameter of the universe is actually about 93 billion light years and the diameter of the whole universe beyond that can be seen may be as large as 3 x 10 (to the 23 power) times larger than 93 BLYs. That is a large number but the difference (between that large number and 13.7) is explained, not by the BB but by the expansion of space itself by some, as yet, unknown process.
One other interesting fallacy is related to the cosmological constant. The error between observation and calculated (conjectured) vacuum energy of space is a factor of 1 x 10 to the 120th power. That is the largest error between theory and observation of anything in any science. This is called the Vacuum Catastrophe. It is hard to relate to the size of this error, it is so big. (1)
For those who cannot comprehend 10 to the 120th power, it is estimated that there are approximately 10 to the 80th power atoms in the entire universe. So that means that 10 to the 120th power is 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times larger than the number of atoms in the entire known universe. That it the error in the so-called “cosmological constant” that Bangers rely on.
So for those of you who are truly of a scientific mindset (not group thinking Bangers), I hope you will recognize that those who tell you that the Big Bang is settled science are the TRUE science deniers. They deny the matter/antimatter problem, the horizon problem, the monopole problem, the flatness problem, the cosmological constant discrepancy, the Vacuum catastrophe, and more. You see, for a Banger, there is no possible way to scientifically disprove the Big Bang. It is an Article of Faith.
Even the Bangers admit this. A 2017 article by Fraser Cain on Cosmic Inflation, reads, “The Big Bang was one of the greatest theories in the history of science. Although it did have a few problems, cosmic inflation was developed to address them. Although there have been a few false starts, astronomers are now performing a sensitive enough search that they might find evidence of this amazing inflationary period. And then it’ll be Nobel Prizes all around.”(2) Note the words “might find evidence.” The inflationary period is so critical that the entire theory collapses without it, and yet we have NO evidence to substantiate it!
So in spite of what Bangers tell you, their theory is not proven, or settled in any way. There are myriad problems and confounding variables, some of which are more vast than the universe itself. But the true absurdity of their group think is explained in the following excerpt, from a 2018 post on Quora.com, by Bud Rapanault, in which we see that the big bang theory fails in almost every scientific sense, both BEFORE the so called inflationary period, and AFTER!
“According to the big bang model, the “universe” sprang into being 13.8 billion years ago from a physically inexplicable initial condition wherein the entire universe was compressed into a volume quite a bit smaller than a gnat’s ass.
This remarkable and quite inexplicable initial condition then transitioned, for an inexplicable reason, to a somewhat explicable condition. At that point the model mathematically invokes an unobservable, ad hoc, inflation field to transition this “universe” to an even more explicable expanding state.
None of the foregoing has any empirical evidence to support it. It all took place, according to the theory, in a deep mythological past that is impervious to direct observation; the claimed events lie beyond the realm of science. Therefore, the model, to that point, is an unscientific mathematical absurdity. It says nothing scientifically meaningful about the nature of the cosmos.
It is then claimed that the post-absurdity, post-inflation “universe” can be modeled using standard physics to create an observable “universe” that might be said to resemble the cosmos we observe.
Except that, the big bang model’s version of our observed cosmos contains two significant features, dark matter and dark energy. Together they are said to comprise 95% of the matter-energy content of the “universe”. These features are predictions of the model; their existence is required to make the model agree with observations. However, no empirical evidence for either can be found. They do not exist in the cosmos we observe and measure. They exist only in the mathematical (big bang) model that requires them.
Therefore, it can be said that from its absurd mythological beginning to its empirically baseless description of a “current universe”, the big bang model bears no significant structural resemblance to the physical reality we actually observe and measure. The big bang model is nothing but a vapid. That it is widely taught as unchallengeable scientific orthodoxy to impressionable students like Mr Fraser is a scandal.“(3)
So, sorry Bangers. The improbable and imaginary science of the big bang is not settled at all. For more information please read my prior posts on Big God, small god; Why Cosmology Matters, AND Millennials: A Generation Lost in Deep Time.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1