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The Creation of the World - According to Science

Ram Brustein and Judy Kupferman
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Vol. 34, No. 3, Origin of Life: Scientific, Historical and Philosophical Perspective (2012), pp. 361-372
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43831417
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Abstract

How was the world created? This question has received attention from many perspectives including religion, culture, philosophy, mysticism, and science. While it may not seem like a query amenable to scientific measurement, it has led scientists to pose fascinating ideas and observations including the Big Bang, the concept of inflation, the fact that most of the universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy that can not be perceived, and more. Scientists cannot claim to know the definitive answer, but they can approach the question from a scientific viewpoint. This begins by examining data, which, thanks to new technology, yields more information than has been previously available. Using novel scientific methods and techniques to analyze the data, fresh perspectives concerning the creation of the world have emerged. This process and its main findings will be described.

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