POLL: Do you believe in the Big Bang theory?

A new poll found that 51 percent of Americans have doubts about the Big Bang theory on the origin of the universe.

'A few years after the Big Bang' illustration by Thomas Mues/Creative Commons

‘A few years after the Big Bang’ illustration by Thomas Mues/Creative Commons

Several scientists voiced dismay at the results of the Associated Press-GfK poll, saying the Big Bang, an effort to explain what happened at the very beginning of the universe, is a settled scientific fact.

“Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts,” said Randy Schekman, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine.

“When you are putting up facts against faith, facts can’t argue against faith,” said Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University, a 2012 Nobel Prize winning biochemistry professor. Alan Leshner, head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said “values and beliefs trump science” for many people.

At a ToledoFAVS Coffee Talk on Saturday, Kuldeep Singh said that Sikhs believe humans cannot determine the origin of the universe. “Only God knows. People can only guess,” he said.

What do you think about the Big Bang theory? Is it a settled scientific fact or is it a theory full of holes?

 

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7 Responses to “POLL: Do you believe in the Big Bang theory?”

  1. Michele Joseph

    I LOVE the BIG BANG theory ! I do not see the idea of God making the heavens & the Earth & the BIG BANG THEORY as Ideas that are in opposition to one another.
    What a great way to make something- KERPOW ! KAZAM ! BE & IT SHALL BE ! Wonderful !

  2. Denis Eble

    “Science ignorance is pervasive in our society.”

    There was a story on the CBS Evening News tonight about an 8-year-old girl in South Carolina who wrote a letter to the governor of her state urging the state to adopt the dinosaur as the state fossil. She had heard that they once roamed what became South Carolina and thought that it would be a good addition to the state.

    What do you suppose happened with her petition? BLOCKED! Blocked by religious fundamentalists who wanted to ADD Genesis to the proclamation! Bone heads! Literally.

  3. Christy Besozzi

    I, too, would like another option in the voting choices – something to the effect that scientific evidence, as judged by the experts in the field of astrophysics at this time, indicates that our known universe started from a Big Bang. I would agree with that.

    Scientific research is always adding knowledge and revising some of the past theories as new knowledge is discovered. This is an unending process. [Baha'i sacred teachings tell us that the world will continue to exist for at least another 500,000 years - long enough to count is as 'unending', to me.]

  4. Michele Joseph

    By the way -have you heard about the scientific mathematical perfection of everthing ?
    And you are still an atheist/ agnostic ??
    Guess what ?
    You believe in miracles!
    Oops ! Snap!

  5. Michele Joseph

    I am not torn at all and never have been as to the perception otherewise :
    Of couse God make the heavens and the earth- try to make a souffle or keep an aquarium or try to keep time otherwise, but, then, again what do I know -:-o.

  6. Luke

    Heck yeah! It’s my favorite TV show! ;-)

  7. nick batt

    I’d offer a fourth option. I think it’s probably true but can’t be proved by the scientific method. Einstein didn’t accept it and he was no dummy. It is consistent w/ Genesis. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. So I’m torn but not as a matter of doctrine.

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