The quotes for this article come from the book A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. It is not a complete waste of time to read as he does detail actual history about astronomy that does not address evolution or the Big Bang. He talks about the key figures in science for the most part but my attention here will be focused on the Introduction for a brief moment and then the first chapter as I pose unanswered questions to the comments recorded in that book.
#1. To begin with, for you to be here now trillions of drifting atoms had somehow to assemble in an intricate and intriguingly obliging manner to create you. (pg. 1)
How is this possible when we know how reproduction works and drifting atoms are not a part of that process? Then how could they assemble themselves not only in this ‘intricate and intriguingly obliging manner’ and not some other way that would leave a person a hideous mess? What motivated them to do this? How could they all find the exact spot to assemble and are there any missing atoms? How would you know if all the atoms were present or not?
#2. They do not even know they are there. They are mindless particles, after all, and not even themselves alive. (pg. 1)
So how do these mindless particles know where to gather and then assemble together? How can mindless non-alive particles assemble into something that has a mind and is alive? How would they know they assembled in the right order and in the right manner? What brought them together?
#3. In fact, you will need to gather up everything there is…and squeeze it into a spot so infinitesimally compact that it has no dimensions at all. It is known as the singularity. (pg. 9)
How can something with no dimensions hold items that have dimensions? How can something so small contain everything we find in the universe? Just a note, Bryson is wrong about it being known as the singularity. That word is used to describe the single theory that describes everything:
#4. And so from nothing our universe begins? (pg. 10)
So unbelievers really do believe in magic instead of science, don’t they? How can something come from nothing and why do we not see this repeated every day? Since every invention from housing on up to spacecraft, and so on needed an outside source to first conceive it then bring it into reality why is the universe and its content the exception to the rule? Where is the physical evidence proving this something from nothing? And I do not mean the extrapolation or crediting done by scientists but actual real evidence that proves this miracle true.
#5. In a single blinding pulse, a moment of glory much to swift and expansive for any form of words the singularity assumes heavenly dimensions , space beyond conception. In the first lively second…is produced gravity and the other forces that govern physics…There is heat now…enough to begin the nuclear reactions that create the lighter elements…In 3 minutes , 98% of all the matter there is or will ever be has been produced… (pg. 10)
How is gravity produced? What elements came together to form that force and what elements came together to form the ‘other forces that govern physics’? What percentage of each element were used to create these items? How was it known that these forces were actually needed? Where did the heat come from? Why wasn’t it present in the non-dimensional pre-universe form? How could heat cause nuclear reactions or gather the materials necessary that actually make nuclear reactions and then go off without damaging gravity and the ‘other forces’? How come nothing was altered by the effects of these explosions, blinding pulse or other creative events in these first few seconds?
How can these items create rocks to form planets, water, orbits, seasons of the year, light, rain, snow, temperatures and so on? How do they have the know how? Where did the energy come from that sparked all these actions- the original pulse and the nuclear reactions? What brought this energy into existence? How could gravity come into existence so perfectly with no help from any outside intelligent force providing it with its properties? How could nuclear reactions create the lighter elements when in reality nuclear reactions cause death and destruction, electricity, radioactivity and so on?
Why is there not a list of these lighter elements being created by modern nuclear reactions? What is different between the two types of reactions? How can the primitive, original nuclear reactions be tested and observed and demonstrated to show that this idea is true?
#6. When this moment happened is a matter of some debate…The consensus seems to be heading for a figure of about 13.7 billion years, but these things are notoriously difficult to measure… (pg. 10)
Why is it so hard to measure? One would think that if this description of origins was correct, it would be very easy to find the starting date, wouldn’t they? If this event were real and true, then we would be able to have complete agreement on its origination point wouldn’t we? There would be no room for debate because the evidence would be easy to find and trace back to the starting point, right? Why did the evidence for this event disappear and where did it go?
#7. …but they were troubled by a persistent background noise…The noise was unrelenting and unfocused. It came from every point in the sky, day and night, through every season. (pg. 11)
How do they know this noise came from the big bang pulse event? How do they know this noise is actually tied to that event or that it is evidence for it? What information do they have, other than predictions, that points them in this direction?
#8. Although everyone calls it the Big Bang, many books caution us not to think of it as an explosion in the conventional sense. It was rather a vast sudden expansion on a whopping scale. (pg. 13) If gravity were fractionally stronger or weaker, if the expansion proceeded just a little more slowly or swiftly- then there might never have been stable elements to make you and me and the ground we stand on. (pg. 150
How can this expansion take place to originate the universe yet nothing else can self-expand on its own anywhere in the universe? Why is this magical expansion be restricted to only the origin of all things? Where did this force come from to cause this expansion and how could it last for 13 billion years, approx.? Where did this energy come from and how could it be contained in the non-dimensional dot until it suddenly explodes on to the scene?
How can we study this energy and see it in action? Why can’t we tap into this energy and save everyone all those electric, gas and oil bills that heat their homes and provide them light? Why must we rely upon oil to fuel our vehicles when this energy seems to be in existence and available? How did gravity achieve so much perfection in creating planets and orbits, solar systems etc., without making any errors? How did gravity achieve its own perfect functioning state without ruining everything in the process?
How did the original nuclear reactions form everything so perfectly the first time?
#9. Cosmologists in their lighter moments sometimes call this the Goldilocks effect– that everything is just right. (pg. 16)
How was an unthinking expansion capable of producing everything to be ‘just right’ without trial and error without having to repeat itself without having to discard ‘mistakes’? How was a non-perfect force so perfect, thoughtful, creative, imaginative and so on? Why would gravity form planets, galaxies, solar systems and orbits then pick just one to place a sun in exactly the right spot to govern the one solar system that contained one planet filled with life? How could it do that? What abilities does gravity have that enables it to perform such magic one time and never do it again?
That should do it for now and get you thinking about answers. What strikes me as odd and hypocritical is that scientists become raving lunatics when a creationist speaks non-scientifically about our origins when in reality the secular scientist is as non-scientific as anyone else. Here are a few quotes to prove that comment:
It seems impossible that you could get something from nothing, but the fact that once there was nothing and now there is a universe is evident proof that you can. (pg. 13)
From nothing at all, suddenly there were swarms of photons, protons, electrons, neutrons and much else. (pg. 15)
As Edward P. Tryon of Columbia University once put it: In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our universe is simply one of those things which happens from time to time (pg. 15)
So secular scientists believe more in magic than they let on and are very unscientific in their views about origins than they care to admit to anyone. Secular science cannot answer all those questions because they have removed the one element that explains it all and answers them all.
God . When you put him back as creator then all the mysteries of origins disappear and all the questions have answers. He had all of eternity to think about how he wanted the universe, how he wanted it governed, where he wanted life, how life was going to be defined. Then he could produce all the elements needed to sustain his creation, making sure we have everything we need.
Without God nothing makes sense, with God everything falls into place and we can have peace of mind because we know we are wanted, we have a purpose and we have answers. Secular science does not answer anything about origins or why.