Session 1: Models of the Universe
What is your model of the Universe? What is possible?
1. The Four Horseman of the Non-Apocalypse: What do we know about Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens? None of them knew there is a simple, mathematical and geometric grid from the smallest to the largest.
2. Big Board-little universe, Exponential Universe, Quiet Expansion, Universe View: Background story and a few new insights and charts. It all needs feedback and discussion.
Models of the Universe.
1. Theological and Philosophical models:
Genesis 1:1-4 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word…”
2. Scientific models: Contrast those passages with those of cosmologists-physicists, Stephen Hawking, Neil Turok and Steven Weinberg. The Standard Model of Cosmology is the big bang theory.
• Hawking’s starting point of the universe is “infinitely dense and infinitely hot.”
• Neil Turok says, “The universe is actually in a perpetual state of big bangs.”
• Steven Weinberg asks, “What could be more interesting than the question of Genesis?” And, then, “In the beginning was an explosion…”
Alternatives to the bang: None of these alternatives to the big bang has been generally accepted by the academic community.
3. Mathematical models: “Order things!” Remember first grade…
• Size: from the smallest to largest Remember high school geometry classes…
• Time: from the first to the last, from the youngest to the oldest
• Mass: from the lightest to the heaviest
• Power: from the weakest to the strongest
The first person in history to have incompletely-but-mathematically inscribed the universe was a Dutch high school teacher, Kees Boeke, who in 1957 release his book, Cosmic View. Because he did not start at the Planck Time and go to the Age of the Universe, he missed 21 notations, steps, doublings or jumps.
Note: There will be a worksheet for each meet up.