At some point or another, we’ve all probably wondered how the universe came to be. Yes, there was The Big Bang … but what existed before then? Why did The Big Bang happen?
There are lots of theories on how we came to be, and we won’t go into all of them [because let’s be honest, you probably don’t want to hear our (highly unqualified) summary of string theory].
But one of the lesser known theories of the origin of the universe … is that it was created in a laboratory by a technologically advanced civilization. Yup, you read that right.
Let’s back up for a second though.
Our universe has a “flat” geometry with a zero net energy (which means its positive energy, in the form of matter, is exactly canceled out by its negative energy, in the form of gravity). Proponents of the lab-based universe theory argue that an advanced enough civilization could conceivably have created a baby universe with these exact characteristics through something called quantum tunneling.
The idea is interesting for a lot of reasons — not the least of which is that it speaks to the religious notion of a “creator” (though this creator is obviously unlike the “god” most religions ascribe to).
And while humans have no way of proving this theory right now, it still got us thinking…
? If a technologically advanced civilization created our universe, does that make them ”God”?
? Would knowing that we were created in a lab make you feel our existence has purpose? Or would it make you feel “observed” … like we are the subjects of a science experiment?
? Why *do* you think our universe was created? Is there some overarching purpose to our existence – as well as the existence of stars, planets, black holes, and the like?