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View Poll Results: When did the universe begin?
13.8 billion years ago 26 63.41%
6,000 years ago 1 2.44%
The universe has always been around 7 17.07%
Some other answer 4 9.76%
I can't tell or I'm undecided 3 7.32%
Voters: 41. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-30-2016, 04:47 AM
 
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Many theories abound on when the universe began. The Big Bang Theory currently says the universe began about 13.8 billion years ago. But even though it's the leading theory, there are problems with it, e.g. it doesn't say what set off the big bang in the first place. And there is a significant minority who say the universe has been around forever.

I feel that better instruments may help to clear up the mystery. Due to all of the theories, I'm sure that many will have their own ideas. So when did the universe begin?
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Old 12-30-2016, 06:29 AM
 
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Our began 13.8 million years ago, but I think the universe is never ending and it was an explosion resulting from the implosion of a previous universe.
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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Many theories abound on when the universe began. The Big Bang Theory currently says the universe began about 13.8 billion years ago. But even though it's the leading theory, there are problems with it, e.g. it doesn't say what set off the big bang in the first place. And there is a significant minority who say the universe has been around forever.

I feel that better instruments may help to clear up the mystery. Due to all of the theories, I'm sure that many will have their own ideas. So when did the universe begin?
You might as well kick in your own thoughts about it. When do you think the universe began?
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:53 AM
 
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You might as well kick in your own thoughts about it. When do you think the universe began?
About 13.8 billion years ago.
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:07 AM
 
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There are no beginnings in the universe only continuity.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:43 PM
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It's easy to prove that there was never a time when the universe did not yet exist.
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Old 01-04-2017, 09:24 PM
 
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The universe as we know it started about 13.8 billion years ago, before that, who knows.
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Old 01-07-2017, 03:59 PM
 
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Something happened 13.8 billion years ago. It isn't clear to me if it was a big bang, or something else. The problem with the big bang, is a universe has to come out of nothing. Causality is violated in this case. This seems to require at least one miracle to scientifically explain what happened after the first effect. The expansion we see evidence of, may have gone on far longer, even to this day, but will never be visible to us. Our visible universe could be very tiny compared to the universe we can't see.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:15 PM
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Many theories abound on when the universe began. The Big Bang Theory currently says the universe began about 13.8 billion years ago. But even though it's the leading theory, there are problems with it, e.g. it doesn't say what set off the big bang in the first place. And there is a significant minority who say the universe has been around forever.

I feel that better instruments may help to clear up the mystery. Due to all of the theories, I'm sure that many will have their own ideas. So when did the universe begin?


That may be a reasoning problem by humans, not a failure of theory. Does the existence of existence require a prior cause? Can there be a "prior" cause if "time" only existed from that point onwards (no). Can something come out of nothing? Apparently yes it can - at least at the quantum level.




Don't get too hung up on trying to determine if the existence of existence fits human-limited logics.
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Old 01-12-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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I'm more of the belief that time as we know it is more of an illusion. Something did happen, as we see it, around 14 billion years ago though.
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