The Big Bang, Information Theory, and Society

The big bang was said to have launched our reality about 14 billion years ago. At its start, the universe was far from equilibrium and there was a lot of uncertainty. Over the years, patterns towards balance (equilibrium) developed and resulted in what we perceive today: interconnected spots of certainty.

From seeming randomness to seeming organisation, that is the story of the evolution of human society.

If we describe information as a reduction in uncertainty, we can say that the ‘big bang’ and its evolution to our current reality was, and produced, a massive stream of information.

We may indeed read some things from our considerations of it.

If in some way we can feed a system information, so that it produces information in a way that we would like, then we have determined a hopeful end.

And if we perceive correctly, the information we are producing as a society, we would better be able to tell where we might end, and perhaps also, what information to imbibe in order to modify the pattern of change that trails our information generation.

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The Paradox of Existence

That something could come out of nothing would mean that there was a start point to existence, all existence:
You, me, ‘God’ (but then, He wouldn’t be God, if he had beginning of days), the planets etc would’ve all had an ultimate origin of nullity (somewhat like a null set in mathematics).

That’s like the way the big bang theory is generally regarded: a null set that yielded a nonempty set without undergoing any operation. (Forgive me here.) So if, say, whatever prompted the Big Bang was the start of it all, we can preach it as that that appeared out of nothing; that it had no cause.

Significantly, this admits the thought that everything could go back to nothingness, a cessation of existence. Imagine how the whole of the present and past reality might come to inexistence; compute it if you can.

Is it possible for all existence today to end up in a nihility of presence and manifestation. The total erasure of history?
If ‘nullity’ could happen tomorrow, it would say that nothing ever existed.
(And then, the big bang might happen again.)

Where does the paradox come up?

Where we believe nature that there’s always a cause, whether or not we know what it is and how it leads to its effects. The scientific method, therefore scientific research, runs on this assumption, looking to discover and explain patterns in nature and life.

If we agree that something leads to something, that leads to something … we say that there’s an infinitude of causality, hence, of existence. We thus also say that existence has always existed because there is existence now.

So it is becomes impossible for there ever to have been absolute nothingness. Why?
Because we exist.

Notes
This post has some coherence with “Agrippa’s Trilemma“, weighing the infinitude of causality argument etc.
That I am, or will be, means that I always have been.
That I shall never be, means that I always have never been.

The continuum of existence backwards into the past is a chain of causes; into the future, we have a chain of effects. So that the evolution of existence in all its dimensions is the progression and propagation of causes and effects—vitally mediated, severally, by the fundamental expression of volition, which is always a cause.

Will and Effect

That every effect has a cause is a reasonable thought. If this were absolutely the case, then, no man has free will. Because ‘free will’ by definition or design must have the freedom to be arbitrary. Either that it should need no cause for its exercise or that it can ignore a cause or change the usual effect of a cause.

Free will is expressed by choice, however, it is plausible that the choice itself was a necessary effect — meaning that it was impossible for there to be an alternative. If there’s always a cause to every will, then ‘will’ cannot be wholly free.

The cause and effect idea leads to a chain of cause-effect relationships which in theory can have no end; it speaks to an infinitude of past and future.

Could there ever come a time in the unknown future when absolutely nothing exists, when existence would have moved to a state of true nothingness. Was there ever a time when there was true nothingness.

We face a paradox, that there is existence at all.
It’s paradoxical that something would appear to have no origin.

‘Will’ must be the ultimate reason (or cause) if there’s a starting point for which absolutely no cause can be determined. Let’s say, like the Big Bang—in the theory (I may be wrong). If you say that certain conditions resulted in the Bang, then those conditions, if you agree with the theory, are the cause of the bang and therefore the origin of the universe. And the chain may continue if you ask what led to those conditions.

The theory can’t preclude the existence of God, who Christians regard as the ultimate cause of our, and all, reality. He definitely must have neither beginning of days nor end of life. That the solar system exists, and that man appeared on earth is the result of a chain of cause effect interactions. One can at the same time see that it was by design of the numinous one, God, without any contradictions.

Randomness as demonstrated in nature and the evolution of the universe is not analogous to the expression of will. The randomness in nature is causal up to a near infinite degree in the chain of causality. It appears random because humans lack God’s capacity to know every interaction and cause-effect relationship.

For instance, it is easy to encrypt data using the so-called RSA algorithm, but it is very hard to decrypt without the key. This is facilitated by a gap in the derivation of the formula for prime numbers. This knowledge gap is represented in the Riemann Hypothesis. We can thus say here that a perception of randomness is the acknowledgement of ignorance.

Cause-effect implies that randomness is only a perception; so that all inanimate random systems are quasi-random (pseudo-random, if you prefer).

Will exists, free will, and it can exist independent of and prior to cause. Hence, an ultimate cause and the superior reason. Any effect that results is what it is.