Originally Posted by sd4chiefs
One thing no scientist can explain exactly is what would replace the universe if it didn't exist. Everything we know can be measured in physical elements. What if it was gone? What would take it's place? What would there be if the universe didn't exist?
The universe is at least 986 billion years older than physicists thought and is probably much older still, according to a radical new theory.
The revolutionary study suggests that time did not begin with the big bang 14 billion years ago. This mammoth explosion which created all the matter we see around us, was just the most recent of many.
The standard big bang theory says the universe began with a massive explosion, but the new theory suggests it is a cyclic event that consists of repeating big bangs.
"People have inferred that time began then, but there really wasn't any reason for that inference," said Neil Turok, a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge, "What we are proposing is very radical. It's saying there was time before the big bang."
Under his theory, published today in the journal Science with Paul Steinhardt at Princeton University in New Jersey, the universe must be at least a trillion years old with many big bangs happening before our own.
Thanks for the effort but that doesn't answer my question.
We can identify/measure any element in the universe, so far as discovered. We understand the building blocks to what we physically see and interact with.
If all that was gone, what would it physically be replaced with? To me it is impossible something higher than us didn't design the conditions we interact with.