Can Science Explain Existence?

Universe Why is there something rather than nothing?  If you’re a philosopher, this is a familiar question and one that can be considered from the comfortable confines of an armchair.  However, according to a recent column in the New York Times, the answer, “may have been partially revealed in a recent experiment in the Tevatron — a particle accelerator — at Fermilab, in Batavia, Ill.”

The question addressed by the experiment was not about existence itself, of course, but rather about what we might call ‘conditional existence.’  Our universe is made up of anti-matter as well as matter and when the two collide, they annihilate.  Thus, scientists have long wondered how so much matter could have escaped annihilation to go on to create the galaxies, stars, and planets we see today.   The conditional question is: why, given that the universe started off with high energy particles that decayed into anti-matter as well as matter, is there (still) anything at all?  Why didn’t everything annihilate, leaving only empty space?

This different question was answered, in part, by a novel experiment that was able to probe the difference in production of matter and anti-matter from B-mesons.  The team, made up of over 500 scientists, concluded that for every 100 anti-muon pairs created, there are 101 muon pairs created.  Thus, over a long period of time, there is a gradual accumulation of matter over anti-matter in these interactions.  This result is much higher than predicted and could be a crucial part of the answer to why there is something (left after the early universe) rather than nothing.

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3 thoughts on “Can Science Explain Existence?”

  1. I think that science is the only way of answering this question – In my opinion, there is no room for religion in this debate.

    Science and philosophy go hand in hand, philosophy provides the questions for the scientists to answer. Experiments like this will help give us with a deep understanding of our universe and provide many more questions too.

    Great blog, a difficult subject put across in layman’s terms with great skill and I actually think I understood it, wow!

    Respect and Peace!
    @dam

  2. “Our universe is made up of anti-matter as well as matter and when the two collide, they annihilate. Thus, scientists have long wondered how so much matter could have escaped annihilation to go on to create the galaxies, stars, and planets we see today. The conditional question is: why, given that the universe started off with high energy particles that decayed into anti-matter as well as matter, is there (still) anything at all? Why didn’t everything annihilate, leaving only empty space?

    This different question was answered, in part, by a novel experiment that was able to probe the difference in production of matter and anti-matter from B-mesons. The team, made up of over 500 scientists, concluded that for every 100 anti-muon pairs created, there are 101 muon pairs created. Thus, over a long period of time, there is a gradual accumulation of matter over anti-matter in these interactions. This result is much higher than predicted and could be a crucial part of the answer to why there is something (left after the early universe) rather than nothing.”

    In other words, the experiment proves that matter and anti-matter cannot annihilate themselves so that material existence disappears totally into nothingness in terms of existence.

    Can man with any scientific technology he can master in the future annihilate matter altogether so that material existence becomes absolute nothing in terms of existence?

    I submit, no, because that is beyond the power of created beings to achieve, and the reason is founded on common sense, namely: you cannot annihilate something you did not create in the first place, and also any material existence that has a beginning cannot self-annihilate.

    The conclusion is that there is God creator of everything with a beginning, specially everything which science is concerned with, namely, of material existence.

    Pachomius

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