Ever wonder why those naturalistic explanations of the universe are ultimately so unsatisfying? Professor Bob Berman has something to say on the matter.
[W]hat existed before the Big Bang? I get that question a lot from students, and I'll admit to being guilty of reciting the standard speech. "The Big Bang," I explain grandly, "created time as well as space. Since there was no time before the Big Bang, your question is meaningless."
The student is silenced. The class continues. The professor obviously knows something wonderfully profound. But I can't do it any more. The next time some one asks, I'll tell the truth: "Nobody has the foggiest idea what happened the Tuesday before the Big Bang. That whole domain is part of Bubbleland." Then the class will nod, and really understand. Ah, yes, Bubbleland. The realm beyond the present reach of science.
Anyone attending a cosmology lecture can tell when the speaker arrives at Bubbleland. "It's not galaxy clusters that travel outward," he'll say pedantically, "but space itself that grows larger. The galaxies don't actually move."
So here I am thinking, wait a minute. Are we at a Daffy Duck convention?
The late Carl Sagan, whom I love and admire, nonetheless said "Now that we've explained how life began, there's no place for G0d." Well, let's leave G0d out of this and just address science's explanation of life's genesis. The prevailing account posits a mixing of organic molecules, the arrival of amino acids on comets from space, some accidental combinations, and then the great denouement: "and somehow life arose."
Beep! Hold it! That "somehow" may be only one little word embedded among the thousands comprising the "explanation," but it changes the whole thing to: "We haven't a clue." How consciousness or self-awareness can arise from amino acids remains as deep a mystery as it ever was. But since we do not want our experts to stand mute and nonplussed, we have now supplied an out. They do not have to utter the dreaded "I don't know."
Finally they can explain our origins. We come from Bubbleland.