>> Monday, June 22, 2009
Kris asked (a long time ago): What was out in space before the Big Bang?
Kris, I'm so sorry. You sent this to me some time ago and I missed it.
The answer is, I haven't the faintest idea.
The Big Bang is a current theory, but it's hardly the only one. Many think it is the definitive one, the one in best agreement with available data, I don't know, it's not my area of expertise.
However, when it comes to what came before the "Big Bang," I think there is absolutely no evidence at all. Most speculate that there was nothing but a point of hot energetic matter in one spot that blasted out during the Big Bang (or their variation of choice) and it's been expanding into the nothingness ever since.
That could be true.
For me, it's pure speculation and, personally, I think your guess is as good as mine.
I like the notion that the world as we know it regenerates in cycles and that the universe might do the same. Perhaps there were worlds and a universe before the beginning of time as we know it and it was all scooped up cataclysmically like a handful of jacks before being scattered again. That this has happened time and again.
I don't know, but I'll tell you, what you or I believe doesn't really change whatever really happened. And I won't lose sleep on it either way.