Big bang nihilism ails the world. It has become insidious.


Big Bang Theory Fails Ethics 101. The history of the big bang theory is substantial. The key epochs of the universe have been defined by big bang scientists since 1931 when the Belgian-born, Georges Lemaître first published his concepts.[1] Though he opened the path to the big bang theory, Stephen Hawking and Alan Guth put the theory on a fast track above all other theories. First, in 1973 Hawking published The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time[2] (written with George Ellis). 

In 1979 MIT’s Alan Guth began working on his theories about cosmic inflation. His first lecture about it was in 1980 at Cornell. In 1997 he published The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins[3] and became known as the leading advocate for cosmic inflation and his theories became a key part of the big bang cosmology.

Inherent within this leading theory is an extreme skepticism that life has any deep, inherent meaning or intrinsic value (which some have labelled, postmodernity). Profoundly and inherently solipsistic, the Janus-face is narcissism. Over time, narcissism becomes a nihilism. Left unchecked, nihilism becomes dystopian. Notwithstanding, in the defense of Hawking, Guth, Ellis and others, it must be noted that these scientists advocating the big bang (1973 through 2001) did not have the benefit of understanding, or perhaps not even knowing about, the Planck base units.

Max Planck, 1931

In 1899 Max Planck began working on these fundamental or natural units based on constants within physics and mathematics. Mostly ignored for over a century, it wasn’t until 2001 when MIT’s Frank Wilczek wrote a series of articles, Scaling Mt. Planck (Physics Today),[4]  did the scholarly community begin to pay attention to Planck’s work. It took the better part of a decade for the rest of the scientific community to catch up with Wilczek. Today these Planck units are a core part of scientific research.

Though a base-10 scale of the universe was introduced by Kees Boeke in 1957 with his book titled, Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps),[5][6][7] he did not start at Planck Time nor did he go out to the then “best guess” of the Age of the Universe. He missed between 22-to-24 jumps! Nevertheless, this model has been popularized by many. In 2010 the Huang twins introduced their Scale of the Universe.[8] Not until December 2011 had anybody applied a much more granular base-2 to this scale using the Planck length. In December 2014 Planck time was added to that simple model.[9] And then, in 2015 Planck charge, mass and temperature were added.[10]

Perhaps it requires a certain naivete to do this kind of modelling. Using base-2 is 3.333 times more granular than base-10 and it encapsulates the universe within just 202 doublings. The roots for the base-2 model, just like base-10, also go back to a high school. Although base-2 is totally-predictive, as of this writing, it is yet to be critically reviewed by the scholarly community.

In April 2016 all the numbers of this simple model became a horizontal chart so each Planck base unit could be more readily followed. As the primary coordinator for this project, I have said, “All the key numbers associated with big bang cosmology should be examined in light of this simple model.

All theories have an inherent philosophy. The big bang is nihilistic. It has no inherent ordering system. It has no necessary relations. It has no place for values. I think it’s what ails the intelligentsia among the world’s people. Big bang nihilism is insidious. It is destroying civility.

We need to examine all the unanswered questions of the big bang (added link in December 2022) in the light of all the numbers within The Big Board-little universe Project.

These numbers appear to be a simulation of the big bang without the bang. Here is natural inflation from a very small charge to a definition of the total energy of the universe. Base-2 simply means multiplying by 2, over and over again, 202 times. These numbers also fly in the face of Newton and affirm Leibniz by suggesting that space and time are finite, discrete, derivative and relational. If these constants and universals are part of the base of logic, rationality and science, to discern these numbers requires order-and-continuity and relations-and-symmetry. And, these values appear to be inherent within both the finite and the infinite.

[1] Georges Lemaître: Lemaître was a pioneer in applying Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity to cosmology. We have begun to analyze the key epochs as a whole  and individually: Planck Epoch, Grand Unification Epoch, Inflationary Epoch and Electroweak Epoch.
[2] The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, Stephen Hawking and George Ellis, 1973
[3] The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins, Alan Guth, 1997
[4] Scaling Mt. Planck (Physics Today)
[5] Powers of Ten (1968, re-released 1977) by Charles and Ray Eames
[6] IMAX film Cosmic Voyage (1996) produced for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
[7] Cosmic Eye, short film, Daniel Obreschkow (2012)
[8] Scale of the Universe  (To date, there is no Wikipedia description of the online interactive visualization that uses Flash to go from the smallest to the largest by Cary & Michael Huang.)
[9] A Chart of the Universe with both Planck Time and Planck Length, 2014
[10] A horizontally-scrolled chart of the Universe with the Planck Base Units, 2016


For more information:
• Ethics:
• (this website) is the most current site and it is for research and development.
• is the place to find the 202 column chart and an ongoing initial-but-limited analysis.

Note:  Most links within the References open a window within Wikipedia or this website.



November 7: Two Trillion Galaxies
November 1: Big Bang Nihilism
October 30: A letter
October 23: Big Bang Implosion
October 16: Finite-Infinite
October 10: Hawking-Guth
October 2: On Time