### How Old Is Our Universe?

You have probably heard that our physical universe came into being from a Big Bang that happened about 14 billion years ago. This, however, is totally misleading, completely wrong.

The Big Bang hypothesis assumes that there was a beginning, the so-called singularity, which is the size of a Euclidean point, a mathematical point which has no size at all, with infinite density and curvature of spacetime. For some reason, this singularity exploded at Time Zero and expanded into today’s universe, creating the space and time we are in. The universe continues to expand to avoid being pulled back toward singularity by gravity.

While gaining great popularity, the Big Bang theory always has its challengers.

To start with, the singularity as commonly described cannot physically exist. It is forbidden by the laws of science. According to physical laws, for anything to physically exist, there has to be a minimal unit of measurement. This is called the Planck dimensions. The Planck spacetime is 10^{-43} of a second in age and 10^{-33} centimeter in diameter. Quantum theory says nothing physical can exist earlier than Planck time or smaller than Planck space. These Planck dimensions are the beginning and end of our physical world, physical laws and all of our scientific knowledge. None of our physical laws apply beyond this “Planck’s Wall,” because the world beyond is no longer physical, and whatever happens there is scientifically unknowable.

If the original state of our universe is scientifically unknowable, then how can we say anything about the beginning of the universe using scientific terms such space and time? How can we claim that the unknowable phase is only 10-43 of a second long?

The fact of the matter is we can’t.

This sounds awful. But it’s true.

What scientists have done, erroneously, is to have employed simple, non-quantum laws of physics, which we know do not apply beyond the Planck dimensions, and extrapolated from our observed universe back to an imagined time zero (in the unknowable realm).

To illustrate how erroneous this is, let’s imagine we have a satellite in space where gravity is equal to zero. The satellite would never come to the earth unless moved by some force. The time required (T) for such a satellite to reach a place on its own where the earth’s gravitational field is measurable would be infinite, because there is no gravity to pull the satellite closer to earth. The time T in this case has little meaning.

Now, if someone uses the gravity on the surface of the earth to calculate the time required for the satellite to travel from the point of zero gravity to a point of measurable gravity, and tells the world that it takes 43 seconds, we would all laugh at that person and call that calculation absurd. Absurd, because you cannot use the quantity of gravity on earth to calculate something where gravity is equal to zero. Yet this is exactly what people do when they state that the universe became calculable when it was 10^{-43} of a second in age.

What scientists should have said is that we can never know the age of the universe, because it is impossible to have a beginning point as reference. The best we can do is to compute the theoretical time from a presumed point where the universe was theoretically calculable, and the time from that point to today is about 14 billion years. However, we do not know, and cannot know, how much time the universe stayed in the phase before it was describable in physical terms.

Indeed, that presumed, seemingly tiny period of 10^{-43} of a second represents a divine “space” where space and time as we know them have collapsed, or have not been created. This divine space is likely the white hole that spiraled out the energy, mass, space and time that have formed our universe, with source energy transported through a worm hole from a black hole on the “other side” of the “cosmological horizon” that had swallowed all the stars and spacetime of a universe that spun in the opposite direction.

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