• Question: If the world was to be completely destroyed and another big bang were to happen (the same as the previous) would humanity and the world be exactly the same? and if so would the world be just one continueous loop?

    Asked by ghenderson to Amy, Drew on 24 Jun 2011.
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      Amy MacQueen answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      Interesting thought…I don’t think you could definitely say. No one has yet explained by reliable scientific means how the first cell would have come together this time around to start replicating. The theory of natural selection that we have only works once you have life already present – it is not an explanation for life’s beginning. So you would really have to have more concrete evidence for present theories to extrapolate into the future and predict what would happen!

      It would depend on whether life would start at all and then if it would keep going at all and then if it would mutate in the same way and diversify. I think it is all highly speculative! What do you think? 🙂

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      Drew Rae answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      Chaos theory suggests that for complex dynamic systems (like the universe) tiny changes in the starting conditions can make big differences in the outcomes. If the big bang happened in _exactly_ the same way, that would suggest that the world would be the same.

      The tiniest difference in energy state of one sub-atomic particle during the big bang could change all that though.