The Multiverse: Stephen Hawking’s Final Paper Strengthens the Case for God

In his last days, Stephen Hawking theorized that we live in a multiverse. To conceptualize the multiverse is to picture a fish swimming in a pond. To the fish, reality consists of what it can see and where it can go within its pond. Essentially, it can only swim forward, backward, and side to side. Think of this as the way we currently perceive our universe.
But when the fish is one day lifted out of the pond by a human who breathes air and moves without fins, he is exposed to another dimension where the laws of physics and biology are entirely different from what he thought were the only possibilities of existence. String theorists believe this is a good analogy for other universes that may exist outside of our own. The laws of physics and biology in a parallel universe could be entirely different from everything we know.
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Hawking’s final paper, published in the journal High-Energy Physics revisits one of his earlier (and no less mind-blowing) theories. The “no-boundary proposal” considers Einstein’s suggestion that the pre-Big Bang universe was a singularity, an extremely dense and hot micro-speck of matter where the laws of physics didn’t apply. Hawking speculated that time as we know it was nonexistent in this singularity, which had no beginning and no end—infinite and spherical rather than finite and linear. The embryonic universe is thought to have expanded rapidly and spawned parallel worlds during a period known as cosmic inflation.

Something this unfathomable to the human brain eventually made Hawking want to quantify it. Infinite universes open portals to infinite possibilities, but that paradoxically means that there can be no accurate way to test theories about the origins of our own universe or its future. He and physicist Thomas Hertog set out to put theoretical boundaries on his own no-boundary proposal by trying to isolate every unique type of universe that may be floating out there.

According to theoretical physicists, with his final paper, Hawking has slightly strengthened the alternative explanation, God. It is ironic that the atheist Hawking should, in his final contribution to the science, make God’s existence less improbable. Ironic, however fitting, as he was about to transcend into the great unknown.

Before proving that other worlds lurk somewhere in time and space, we still need evidence of a multiverse. Interestingly, traces of primordial gravitational waves from the Big Bang linger all over the universe in the cold microwave radiation known as the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

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If an advanced enough satellite ever beams back a CMB energy signal that aligns with Hawking’s model of cosmic inflation, it could mean the multiverse is more than just an element of science fiction. That his final theory was the closest to truth humanity has come in explaining the nature of our existence.

While more science will be needed to back up Hawking’s theory, but just the possibility of being a life-form in one of many universes existing all around us in time and space is a magical and compelling thought.

xx Tiffany

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