ChristinasHeadache wrote:Goodnight Elizabeth wrote:aimee_xbella wrote:Eh, let's not push religion, I think it's a personal choice/opinion. But I don't think we should discuss God or religion because that'll just sidetrack and create chaos.
I concur. Squabbling over religion could possibly get the thread deleted. No one wants that, right?
Let's keep the discussion on topic. It's a SCIENTIFIC discussion on the Universe. Carry on...
The topic of discussion is The Universe. I assume that means EVERYTHING contained in the universe. Does the title say SCIENCE ONLY NOT PERSONAL BELIEF? NO. It says The Universe. How is it right for one to decide that a part of the universe should not be mentioned here because they don't want it here, when others think it belongs here and want it here? Which way is the right way to go?
ceenindee wrote:This is an awesome topic! I'm not very good at math, so I could never go into astronomy, but I always love watching Nat Geo and reading stuff like What the Bleep Do We Know (it was made by some religious sect? I never knew that) when it comes to space.
Okay, here's an interesting topic to throw into this discussion: dark matter. Anyone know what it is? I heard it's the stuff that's making our universe accelerate apart faster, working against the glue of gravity. But it's impossible to detect, and no one really knows what it is, except that it MUST be there because there's no other explanation for some of the universe's goings-on. Anyone who's read The Golden Compass is probably at least familiar with the term. It freaks me out, frankly. I can't even wrap my mind around the idea of matter that's completely undetectable.
Other thoughts that keep me up at night...
What's on the other side of a black hole?
What was going on BEFORE the big bang (assuming that's what happened)? And after the universe ends (assuming it does), what's left? Blank white space, or what?
Are there parallel universes?
Are time and space just illusions (there's this quantum physics theory of entanglement, which basically says everything is touching, and other scientists have suggested that time is just another form of human perception but doesn't actually exist)?
And of course, are we the only intelligent life out there?
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