What Is the Origin of the Universe? 7 Most Intriguing Theories

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Sherrie Hurd, A.A.

There are many theories of the origin of the universe. Some of these ideas are based on spiritual aspects while some are mind-bending, just as some ideas of our universe.

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the universe? Well, of course, most of you have. Although we’re small compared to the big picture, we thrive on learning more and more about where we came from. Thinking about the universe with its spectacular beauty leaves us dreaming of our origins beyond our imagination.

Just a few ideas about how it began

If you think you’ve heard it all, just take a pause. There are multitudes of theories which explain the origins of how we came into being within our universe. Many of these theories are strange and interesting, to say the least. While many are common theories we’ve heard before, all of them are intriguing. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

1. White holes

You may be familiar with black holes. Most people are. If not, here’s a breakdown. A black hole is the result of a star which has died, creating a hole which sucks in light and all other matter surrounding it. White holes work in the opposite manner. Instead of sucking matter in, they spit it out.

The white hole is an area of spacetime which cannot take any matter in from the outside, only spit it out. Meaning, a white hole could be the birth of a star or a multitude of them. Of course, this is just a hypothetical theory, created by the idea of relativity which is from the brain of Albert Einstein.

2. Big bang theory

One origin could explain, in simple terms, the beginning of the universe. The Big bang theory is a popular one, especially among those who do not believe in creationism. Basically, the big bang theory says the universe came from a singular solid mass.

At one instant, everything began to expand. Matter and energy flew throughout the blackness to create the universe. This left background radiation behind the expanding universe. In the 1920s, Edwin Hubble brought forth this theory of the expanding universe, hence the evolution of the Big bang theory.

3. Theory of slow freeze

So, what if the Big bang wasn’t the actual beginning, but just a part of the process? Well, with the slow freeze theory, that is very possible. In this theory, it seems the universe started in a cold and empty pre-existence.

The particles in this existence became so heavy while gravity weakened, thus warming by radiation coming from the heavier masses. The Big bang may not have been a big band at all, but a slow warming and expanding process producing stars, and then whole galaxies over billions of years.

4. Mirage of the black hole

The universe may have strange origins, much like this one. Get ready to wrap your mind around this. Physicists suggested that our universe is simply a 3-dimensional sphere within a 4-dimensional universe. I guess you can say a universe inside another.

We never existed until a 4D star collapsed creating a 3D black hole, or an Event horizon. Material from the collapsed star formed a 3-dimensional membrane around the event horizon. Then expansion occurred within the membrane, hence the universe we know.

5. Plasma creation

The plasma theory focuses on electromagnetism. The basic idea is that some kind of electrical process created everything in the present universe. This includes stars, comets, and the sun. Many people believe what surrounds them are huge filaments of ions and electrons. Forces from electromagnetism warp the electrons and ions. This theory suggests that the universe has an infinite age and size.

6. No beginning/ no end

Otherwise known as the Steady state theory, the idea that the universe has no big bang or no marvelous creation, may be hard to swallow. However, this was the belief until the 1960s. Some still believe it.

There is a perfect cosmologic principle which states that the universe is the same no matter where you look. There is non-stop creation of matter that changes the density in the expanding universe. Since the universe is the same everywhere all the time, it has no beginning and no end.

7. Pulsating universe

This theory is interesting as well. It’s concerning the expansion and retraction of the universe. This idea states that the universe is always expanding…until it stops. The pulsating theory states that at some time this expansion could stop and then retract.

The retraction may reach a certain size and then a huge explosion similar to the big bang occurs, hence starting the process all over again. This is why it’s called the pulsating theory.

What’s your theory?

So, how did it all begin? How did so many beautiful cosmic and heavenly sites come into being? Honestly, it’s a mystery. We do, however, have theories which help us understand how the birth of the universe may have occurred.

In earlier times, there were only two popular theories of how our existence began: the Big bang theory and the belief in celestial creation. In modern times, the Big bang theory is widely acknowledged. Although the big bang theory may be the most popular theory around, there are many more intriguing ideas, as you can see above.

So, what do you think? What is your theory of the origin of this vast universe?


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  • The Big Bang is simply the first scientific theory in history which has attained conventional wisdom. The only thing that is truly mind boggling is how much we don't know. If you watch "How the Universe Works", the most common thing you hear is "We don't know". One day they will advance beyond relativity and quantum theory and that will be the second big step. In the meantime, my favorites are holographic universe and conscious universe. Those aren't origins, but I don't know how to think about an origin. It's all so much fun to think, watch, and read about, though.

    • It is fun to read about and watch. I Love to watch the documentaries explaining all the new discoveries. You know, none of us really really know...so what's so bad about that. Some things aren't for us to know. Who are we to question?

  • I resonate most an infinite ever changing universe within and outside a universe and within and outside a universe and within and outside a universe. No beginning and no end.

    • Do you refer to a "Russian doll" or a chain of universes going on forever into the....well...what's next?

  • what was before big bang,how is it that matter or a ball that exploded come ins in to existence.its really funny to think that there was a big ball that exploded and universe came into being.The universe with laws so precise and accurate on the basis of that we can calculate and determine physical laws so without any flaw.

    • If you aren't spiritual, you will always ask, "What was before that, and then before that." Or you will just cop out and say, "Oh its always been and always will be" But dang it! Who started that unending always been stuff then? So many questions...so much fun, huh

      • Hey Hurd, I don't think its even more about being spiritual but rather by reason which is presumably common to all humans. It doesn't make sense to keep on going in circles on "what was before that and then before that"... Somehow, we have to reach a point where we can say "this is where it all started". Philosophers before us like Aristotle, Aquinas and others who reason in the line of causation seem to provide a better answer. If we go by regression, something must cause something. But we can't regress ad infinitum. Hence it is necessary that there must be some First cause that put everything in motion.

        • That First Cause is God. Why are we leaving God out of the picture? As someone has commented, science doesn't know everything yet. In fact science hasn't even touched the tip of the iceberg so to speak. When science doesn't know, and when it is obvious that we can create nothing from nothing in this world, as the laws of sciences don't permit it, why then are we dismissing the notion of an all powerful creator God?

          If our current existence is a result of pure chance, how did pure chance know what to do to make existence exist? Why impart unique and specific DNA to each and every individual entity existing in this world? How does it know to do so?

          The perfection of our existence is too much to ask me to believe that it all happened by chance

          For instance, how could pure chance just happen to evolve into 2 sexes only and not more? What prevents it from evolving into 3 or 4 or endless sexes?

          And how did it know that only these 2 sexes are required for procreation of each kind/species?

          How did chance make our biological systems so complex that even learned people like doctors find them difficult to decipher?

          How did it know to make symmetry for everything?

          Our existence screams intelligent design, yet learned people say that we happened by chance over billions of years.

          I am an artist and I try to create artistic designs. But no matter how long I let my Canvas be, my designs don't come out by chance

          Nothing can be created from nothing. Only a supernatural power can create something from nothing

  • But what about multiple universes within a single external universe?

    Actually, I ascribe to a vast, perhaps infinite, volume of Nothingness (see Einstein's "Relativity") containing the already existent presence of gravity. Within that environment, I ascribe the massive explosion of the big bang originally occurred.*

    Annihilation, in physics, is a reaction in which a particle and its antiparticle collide, disappear, and release energy. If you have an equal amount of matter and antimatter, after all the initial annihlaton is over there is a remaining 3 to 6% of matter remaining.

    So the energy that created what we can see is a mere 3 to 6% of the energy that created the universe. Why is the universe still expanding? Simple! There is 17 to 33 times more energy involved than usually given in the calculation....

    * That might explain why there is not an easy explanation of a Unified Theory--a mingling of two environments 1/2 being gravity-- 1/2 the rest of the universe's forces, like water and oil, but homogenized per plank time.

    • WAntAbud,

      This is an interesting theory which explains the continual expansion. Thanks for reading

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