March 17, 2018
One of the common modes of failure in the application of the scientific method is failure to check if a hypothesis is a logical possibility. The hypothesis that there is a be- ginning to the universe is one of those cases. When we examine the definition of the word “universe” and require that the universe comply with the principles of causality and conservation of energy, we find that a beginning is a logical impossibility. The universe must have always existed. In particular, under standard quantum field theory, space is filled with a tremendous amount of energy that must be conserved. It can also be shown that mass-energy of matter is conserved based on its equivalence to the zero-point energy.
Physicists and others who hypothesize a beginning to the universe are in general misus- ing the word or otherwise applying a non-standard definition to the word “universe.”
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