What's in (a word)?
Some scientists now claim to have created mini-universes or something very similar to them.To do this they have been working with super-cooled helium, 0.0003 degrees above absolute zero (-273 degrees celsius). This state of helium is, apparently, close to what it was at the beginning of our Universe...Very strange things happen at this point regarding space and time. They have not yet reached the all important threshhold of the creation of a new "Big-Bang". But.....!
Naturally some are concerned about this direction of scientific research. This has recently been highlighted regarding the super particle accelerator in Europe. There is a fear of the possibility of the creation of all-consuming black holes and the like.
Stephen Hawking has made a recent statement implying that God need not figure in the creation of universes if Man can do it alone.This poses a bit of a dilemma: Did God create and now control the Universe or is the latter God anyway?
The irony here is that "God" as a word or concept was created by Man. Does it really matter whether we use "God" or "Universe" separately or as synonyms? One wonders why Hawking has got involved with such semantics.
Most of the organized religions in the world will condemn the present direction quantum physics is taking because they do seem to separate the concept of "God" from "Universe".
Man is often accused of "Playing God". Hmmmm...If The "Universe" is "God" then Man is, in part, God; so surely Man has every right to play his part!
Until all this is resolved, which is unlikely, we are in real danger of destroying ourselves as a species by judging, arguing and fighting over this issue.