Home-page   Back to reading-room   Back to the previous page   To the next page  


Some incoherent thoughts about where it all started.

You may care to give this section a miss, since it recounts all the pie-in-the-sky notions I have about the beginnings of existence - not our existence as life forms but existence of anything and everything. I have not a shred of scientific ability to justify any of my suggestions and conclusions, so, as I say, you might just as well not bother to read further.

On the other hand, why not?

What I have so far put together is contained in an Adobe PDF file which you may foolishly download for reading by clicking --> HERE <--.

It perplexes me why and how God-based religions continue to hold sway in the world - I can only assume that the powerful largest religious institutions have brain-washed an intelligent populace through succeeding generations, capturing minds from childhood, so that I should have termed them as the otherwise intelligent populace. The stories appear so fanciful that no normal person would accept them as factual, unless of course there is good evidence available to show the credibility of the incredible. Instead, the followers are compelled to fall back on unquestioning "belief" and "faith" as an alternative to exercising critical assessment.

It was most welcome to find at last a champion in Professor Richard Dawkins to articulate and promulgate all the objections which I have had, or would have had were I to have been as learned as the professor. His seems to have been a lone voice of authority in the noisome crowd of religious evangelicals. The meticulous analyses and the detailed argument set out in his recent book "The God Delusion" provide a pleasant contrast to religious preachings and dogma. It's quite an achievement for virtually just one man to take on and defeat the enormous religious institutions, for defeat I take it to be, if the miniscule and weak attempts by some prelates to question his conclusions are enough to go by. No wonder he has his detractors!

Dawkins (who unfortunately seems to have muddied his well-reasoned arguments in the process of making a career out of the subject) has been preoccupied with the origins and development of living things, showing that natural selection allows no room for the theory of creationists or for that of "intelligent design." To most, the Darwinian theory is so well evidenced that it is blindingly obvious.

Nevertheless, my curiosity goes beyond (or before) that - how did anything, not just life, come into existence?

Of course, I am not alone in this. The scientific effort and resources expended in search of what I might blasphemously call this "Holy Grail" has been immense, as the CERN project provides testament. This is concentrated on trying to understand the micro-world, sub-atomic particles and the like. That in turn relates to the "Big Bang" theory which is supposed to explain everything, except that I am left in doubt about what seems to be such a glibly propounded solution - answering everything? No, that is as limited as the "God" solution and just explains the start of our Universe.

My being unable to understand much of the pronouncements of the scientific community, so far as concerns these subjects and exotica (such as string theory, worm-holes, multiple dimensions, antimatter and more), I'm left to mull it over for myself, which is what I have done.

It seemed best to convert my thoughts, my disparate thoughts, to paper to see if any of them stand up to scrutiny or whether they are just the daft ruminations of a doddering octagenarian with too much time on his hands. What do you think?

Any brickbats: by e-mail E-mail HMT.