The Big Bang. Most people say it as if it's a given. A fact. But it's really a theory. Science, if it's good science, involves Observation and repeatability. But none of today's scientists, or you or me, were present at creation, or to observe the Big Bang. And we can't recreate it all over again, ourselves. So we don't know. We speculate on how the Universe began.
I seem to remember reading that The Big Bang Theory didn't come along until 1927.
So, what did the general public believe in, say, 1925?
Even after 1927, in the 1950's, there was astronomer Fred Hoyle and his "Steady-state Theory." I think it makes more sense. As far as The Big Bang goes, how did the "beginning ball of stuff" get here? It was always here? What caused it to explode outward? How long was it "just sitting there in space" before it finally went "bang"? The Steady-State idea can also say "all the stuff of the Universe was always here", too, and that as some things unravel or break up, other parts are "jelling", coming together and new stars, planets, solar systems, etc. are being created. To me, that seems simpler and even somewhat easier to believe.
The idea of The Big Bang is widely accepted but I think it often "wins" just because people don't bother to look for other explanations, or better one's. Question authority. What other ideas are there? Fred Hoyle's Steady State is one. Are you aware of any others? Are any of them just as believable, or more so?
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We all like to think we are right in our opinions.
But when two people disagree, how do we decide?
Is someone a loud-mouth or are you just too quiet? What is too loud? What is too quiet?
Is someone organized or too persnickety?
If you are business-like, do you see more informal types as sloppy and bohemian slackers?
If you are informal, do you see many others as too business-like, stiff and needing to relax?
I think the problem is two things:
1. All of us are in a sense "judge and jury" on these things and we use ourselves as the guideline. Anyone who is MORE a certain way than we are, is "too much" and anyone who is LESS a certain way than we are is "slacking" and needs to get with it. We measure others against ourselves. So what to do? I think a Big Help would be to:
2. DEFINE what WE mean by: quiet, loud, sloppy, meticulous, too much, not enough, etc. Say where you draw-the-line, and why there.
But too many people don't do that. It's too easy to say someone who doesn't do it our way is wrong or weird. And we're too abrupt and impatient to make an effort to understand the other person.
It would be much better to calmly ask why they do it they way they do, and listen. If more of us did that more often, it would go a long way to a better understanding of each other. Then, it's easier to relate and communicate and we feel more comfortable around each other. And those, are always good things.
They are called: The Moai. These are mysterious large rock statues on Easter Island, west of Chile, South America.
Why were these built at all? For what purpose? Who do they represent? How were they made?
What is the meaning? For more info, see: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/easter/civilization/giants.html