Friday, July 20, 2012

Cosmological Musings

Everything is the effect of a cause.  (This is the basis for scientific determinism.)  Following the chain of causes and effects back into the distant past leads us to the big bang.  What caused the big bang?

The big bang, to my understanding, is the beginning of the space-time continuum.  Causes and effects operate in this time-space continuum. Did the relationship between cause and effect hold true outside of or before the beginning of the space-time continuum? 

Most examples of different causes that come to my mind are material; a part of the space-time continuum.  But what caused the space-time continuum?  Before the space-time continuum existed, did any causes exist?

Maybe some "thing" from outside the space-time continuum caused it. 

Is such a hypothesis necessary?

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